Yoga Journal (12/02, pp.158-9) - "...Although their beautiful melodies echo ancient Arabic themes, Brahem's original compositions are virtually impossible to peg to a single culture..."
Personnel: Anouar Brahem (oud); Barbaros Erkose (clarinet); Lassad Hosni (bendir, darbouka).
Recorded at the Monastery Of St. Gerold, Austria in June 1999. Includes liner notes by Paolo Scarnecchia.
Personnel: Anouar Brahem (oud); Jean-Louis Matinier (accordion); Francois Couturier (piano).
Recorded at Radio DRS, Zurich, Switzerland in July 2001. Includes liner notes by Anouar Brahem.
Personnel: Anouar Brahem (oud); Jean-Louis Matinier (accordion); Fran‡ois Couturier (piano).
Liner Note Author: Anouar Brahem .
Recording information: Radio DRS, Zurich, Switzerland (07/2001).
Photographer: Christoph Egger.
Oud player Brahem has established his own little niche with the instrument; his music, strongly Arab-inflected, has the spare, chamber feel that makes it a perfect fit in the ECM catalog. He's a contemplative player, and this melding with piano and accordion suits his style perfectly, as notes and ideas draw out marvelously. The interplay between musicians is as delicate as lace -- thoughtful, with everyone listening as much as playing. It's a record with many moments of great beauty, like the exquisite piano on "C'est Ailleurs" or the filigree touches between accordion and piano that decorate and nudge along many of the tracks. Brahem is a superb, if reserved, musician, as are his colleagues: Francois Couturier on piano and Jean-Louis Matinier on accordion. Together they trace something exquisite, an experience for the eras and the heart. ~ Chris Nickson