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Saturday, November 28, 2015

GERMANY/MOROCCO/SYRIA: Abdelghani Elmassaoudi, Joss Turnbull, Mohamad Fityan, Matthias Kurth Pablo Giw ‎– Tamas (Ti-Records 2015)


Tamas is a free improvised project, initiated and organized by Joss Turnbull and Pablo Giw. It took place during 10 days of 2010, with musicians from Germany, Marocco and Syria. In studio-recordings, rehearsals, and concerts the musicians worked and improvised with arabic poetry, field recordings and improvisational concepts.

The lyrical material spoken and sung by Abdelghani Elmassaoudi includes classical arabic and pre-islamic poems. The field recordings of two journeys to Lebanon and Syria in 2009 and 2010 were part of the concerts and studio sessions.

The music on this record is improvised.

Abdelghani Elmassaoudi - vocals
Joss Turnbull - field recordings, percussion
Mohamad Fityan - nay, kawala
Pablo Giw - trumpet, cornetto
Matthias Kurth - electric guitar