British-Iraqi singer and composer, Alya Marquardt, releases her first album with her New York-based ensemble Shamash. A unique project fusing Iraqi folk music, contemporary jazz, human beatbox, improvisation and Arabic maqam.
All proceeds from album sales go to welfare and education projects in Iraq.
released February 20, 2015
Alya Al-Sultani - vocals, arrangements and composition
Rima Fand - violin, arrangements and vocals
Amina Figarova - piano
Isabel Castellvi - cello and vocals
Reuben Radding - bass
Greg Squared - saxophone and clarinet
Adam Good - oud
Nezih Antakli - percussion
Adam Matta - beatbox
Don Godwin - recording, mixing, mastering and production
Alya Al-Sultani - executive producer
I only heard one track, but it was more than enough for me to pre-order the LP. Lauren's "folksy" Jazz vocals are a breath of fresh air, and are further proof that London's Jazz scene features the most interesting & innovative roster to follow currently - and Snowpoet fit right in!
I am very excited to hear more.
EDIT: The rest of the LP delivers - all killer, no filler :) K.E.
Downloaded this album as i'm a huge fan of Phronesis. Had it playing in my music room while I was stuffing around on the computer. Really got me in in and in no time I was listening seriously. Excellent music. Love Jurds trumpet and all the other players. Very, very good.
Deano Dean Bull