Jerusalem In My Heart: Daqa'iq Tudaiq
Jerusalem In My Heart (JIMH) returns with Daqa'iq Tudaiq, the third album from the acclaimed MontrÃ©al-Beirut contemporary Arabic audio-visual duo. Featuring voice, electronics, buzuk and other instrumentation from composer-producer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Matana Roberts, Suuns) and complemented by the 16mm analog film work of Charles-AndrÃ© Coderre, JIMH continues to expand the horizons of its profound conceptual and aesthetic engagement with Arabic/Middle-Eastern traditions. Side One realizes a long-held dream to record a modern orchestral version of the popular Egyptian classic "Ya Garat Al Wadi" by the legendary composer Mohammad Abdel Wahab - with celebrated MontrÃ©al-Cairo composer Sam Shalabi (Land Of Kush) as arranger and musical director for the 15-piece recording session held in Beirut. Side Two comprises four tracks of non-ensemble solo material by Moumneh which push JIMH's rupture and recomposition of tradition further into avant-garde territory - melismatic singing, buzuk and electronics take the lead on a suite of emotive and evocative songs, including the percussive loop-driven instrumental "Bein Ithnein" and the stunningly unsettling processed vocal track "Thahab, Mish Roujou', Thahab". Daqa'iq Tudaiq is a masterful, mesmerizing artistic statement that confirms Jerusalem In My Heart as one of the most engaged and forward-looking avant-Arabic projects at work in contemporary music today.