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Anouar Brahem

Barzakh (vinyl)

  • Type LP 12inch
  • Label ECM
  • UPC 0602557895872
  • Catalog number ECMLP 5789587
  • Release date 13 October 2017
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About the album

One of the ironies of the current vogue for so_called world musics is that the adventurous listener often finds himself championing forms exotic to his ear which are, in their true context, fundamentally conservative. To be a traditional musi­ cian, wholeheartedly, is to be inflexible, resistant to change – and music that does not change hardens, calcifies, dies inside.

Anouar Brahem, a 33 year old and virtuoso (I don’t use the term casually) who holds the title Director of the Musical Ensemble of the City of Tunis, is acutely aware of this. Of his country’s players he laments, “we’ve lost much of the tradi­ tional instinctive interaction inherent in small groups of im­ provising musicians”. He fights against the malaise by refusing to limit himself to the exclusively Tunisian, however that might be defined, asking himself how many other idioms his branch of Arab music can move towards without compromising its integrity. He claims, for example, the right to examine “all the things left in my country by the colonialists, the occupiers”, thereby giving himself access to the musics of Spain, Turkey, Morocco, France and more; since the Roman occupation of the 2nd century B.C., Tunisia has changed hands constantly. Brahem’s partner on three of Barzakh’s tracks (including
the crucial title piece), violinist Bechir Selmi, says: “Anouar is playing a music without borders ... and that’s as it should be. Music cannot be contained within national boundaries.” Anouar Brahem, a modern musician with profound for and knowledge of Arab classical music, is disinclined to be caged by its history.

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    Raf Raf
     
    03:33
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    Barzakh
     
    11:02
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    3
    Sadir
     
    06:32
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    Ronda
     
    03:07
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    Hou
     
    01:33
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    Sarandib
     
    02:48
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    Souga
     
    02:07
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    Parfum De Gitane
     
    04:16
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    Bou Naouara
     
    02:22
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    Kerkenah
     
    07:30
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    11
    La Nuit Des Jeux
     
    05:29
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    12
    Le Belve?de?re Assie?ge
     
    04:14
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    Qaf
     
    01:43

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