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Aljaramani, Khaled / Athar/Impression
Album:Athar/Impression Collection:World
Artist:Aljaramani, Khaled Added:Dec 2013
Label:Institut Du Monde Arabe & Harmonia Mundi 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2013-12-05 Pull Date:2014-02-14 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:Feb 16Jan 26Jan 19Dec 22Dec 15

 Recent Airplay
1.Feb 27, 2014:Arabology
4.Jan 23, 2014:Arabology
2.Feb 13, 2014:Arabology
Improvisation In Rast Mode
5.Jan 16, 2014:Arabology
Farah/Joie/Joy, Dhilal/Ombres/Shadows
3.Jan 25, 2014:Music Casserole
6.Dec 20, 2013:Arabology

Album Review
Abu Ramses
Reviewed 2013-12-01 
Khaled Aljaramani, Athar (Impression)
Institut du Monde Arabe & Harmonia Mundi (2013)
ALL TRACKS FCC CLEAN Reviewed by Abu Ramses

Born in Sweida, Syria (hometown of the great Farid El Atrache), oudist & composer Khaled Aljaramani taught at the Damascus Conservatory of Music. In 2011 he left for France, where he now makes his home. Instrumentals are inspired by dreamy & dramatic ”spiritual states”. Since 2003 Aljaramani has also collaborated with French electric guitarist Serge Teyssot-Gay (formerly of Noir Désir) as “Interzone.” Aljaramani situates his rebellion against “national music” in the tradition of Tunisian oudist Anouar Brahem (see Zookeeper).

I like them all. My faves: 1, 2, 4, 6

1. Dhilal/Ombres/Shadows – After long intro, Aljaramani sings on this one – 6:54
2. Luqya/Trouvaille/Findings – delicate & pensive melody over the drone - 8:25
3. Farah/Joie/Joy – Faster paced, dramatic, guitar-style strumming - 4:56
4. Improvisation in Sama’i Bayati mode (maqam) – Builds on some traditional sequences, then walking bluesy & guitar-like - 6:44
5. Athar/Trace/Impression - 5:40
6. Nawa/Eloignement/Estrangement - mid-tempo & dreamy again - 5:57
7. Improvisation in Rast mode - Wanders far from traditional style but ends with a nod to “Bint al-shalabiyya” a Lebanese folk song sung by Fairuz – 6:49
8. Khayl wa-khayyal/Cheval et Songe/Horse & Dream – humming; hints of “non-tempered Bach” - 8:18

Track Listing
1.Dhilal/Ombres/Shadows 5.Athar/Trace/Impression
2.Luqya/Trouvaille/Findings 6.Nawa/Eloignement/Estrangement
3.Farah/Joie/Joy 7.Improvisation In Rast Mode
4.Improvisation In Sama?I Bayati Mode 8.Khayl Wa-Khayyal/Cheval Et Songe/Horse & Dream