homepage_large-74182a71Transgressive – December 9th

The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians & Guests is a rich testament chiefly to the work of the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music. The LP is a live recording of their performance at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall and it features appearances from Damon Albarn, Paul Weller, and Julia Holter. The raison d’être of the record however is the classical Arabic music. From the transportive strains of the introductory vocal a capella to the frenzied hypnotic soloing of ‘Al Ajaleh’, the album serves as a flashily executed and deeply evocative window into eastern music. Of the few western songs rendered here Holter’s ‘Feel You’ steals the show gracefully. Altogether, it’s a joyful excursion through the united soundscapes of two distinct musical traditions.

Buy: Africa Express Presents… – The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians & Guests