KHALED KURBEH & RAMAN KHALAF ENSEMBL
the Syrian collective’s debut mixes up Raman’s oud playing and vocals with Khaled’s piano and synthesisers, fusing ambient, jazz, minimal and world styles with cohesive aplomb.
Opener ‘Toska’ is an epic cinematic opener. Its warm and gentle with oud and violins making for their own little chapters in the overall story. ‘Interlude’ is an absorbing passage of piano, double bass and synth and then ‘To Kafranbel’ is nimble and dynamic as keys and oud sounds dance about. ‘Al Baseet’ is another upbeat number with hand claps and oud bringing a nice sense of groove to the Iraqi-style vocals up top, while ‘Shamal’ is a snippet of a long, bass driven studio live jam with claps, djembe and percussion before the pensive pianos of ‘Einsamkeit Impromptu’ round things out in tender fashion. for fans of anouar brahem.
- To Kafranbel
- Al Baseet
- Einsamkeit Impromptu