Amine and Hamza, The Band Beyond Borders - Fertile Paradoxes - CD
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Fertile Paradoxes
cdRoots Code: eucd-2704

Amine and Hamza M'raihi are Tunisian musicians and brothers, playing the oud and the qanun. With their Band Beyond Borders, they are bringing together musicians from around the world, - French clarinetist Blaise Ubaldini, Swiss-Indian violinist Baiju Bhatt, Swedish percussionist Fredrik Gille and guests including cellist Vincent Segal, infusing their Arabic roots with jazz and global roots.

Special guests: Vincent Peirani, Vincent Ségal, Kaushiki Chakraborty, Ismail Lumanovski, Lukasz Adamczyk, Jean-Pierre Schaller, Maxence Sibille, Kuba Mietla


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A spell-binding repertoire of new compositions full of atmosphere and emotions. A voyage of surprising passages and undiscovered timbres, a delicious trip of intoxicating rhythms and subtle, yet powerful melodies. Amine & Hamza are two brothers, playing oud and kanun respectively. The album dives deep into modern harmonies, hypnotic grooves and profound feeling.

'Fertile Paradoxes' is the new studio album from two Tunisian brothers, Amine & Hamza M'raihi. Both are masters of the oud and kanun respectively, the two major instruments of Arabic classical music. 'Fertile Paradoxes' is steeped in global rhythms spanning from their homeland in Tunisia to Switzerland where Amine and Hamza currently reside, tour and record. 'Fertile Paradoxes' is a classy exploration into time-honoured traditions with new dimensions, across eight tracks of carefully selected dynamic collaborations.

If a 'paradox' is a person or thing that combines contradictory features or qualities, then be prepared for some twists and turns on 'Fertile Paradoxes'. Kanun meets saxophone, cajón meets cello and musical borders are thrown to an adventurous wind: the south Indian kanjira frame drum and percussive Nigerian water jug 'udu' blend in with accordion and The Band Beyond Borders are joined by a full chamber orchestra on 'Spleen' and the sparky 'Lullaby for Leo'.

As Amine & Hamza say in their own words: "Fertile Paradoxes is a diary of our past 6 years? beautiful friendships from all over the world, celebrating humanity through music? Fertile Paradoxes is who we are, a blend of breathtaking Swiss landscapes, Polish sweet melancholy and Tunisian street frenzy."

'Fertile Paradoxes' explores new musical molds; traditional middle-eastern instruments interweave with a percussive medley of jazz, classical western music, flamenco, Indian and Persian traditions, and is in fact a mighty collaboration featuring world music icons. 'Spleen' and 'Café Tunis' feature the rich vocals sounds of award-winning vocalist Kaushiki Chakraborty, daughter of one of India's greatest vocal legends, Ajoy Chakraborty. The name 'Chakraborty' interestingly enough means 'ruler of the country'. French Cellist Vincent Ségal performs on 'Spleen' and 'Letter to God'. 'Brahim's Dream' features none-other than legendary French accordionist Vincent Peirani. While bassists Lukasz Adamczyk and Jean-Pierre Schaller bring elements of jazz into the 'Fertile Paradoxes' mix.

Even the recording locations of 'Fertile Paradoxes' stretch the globe from Poland, Switzerland, France, India to the USA. Amine and Hamza continue to perform in many prestigious scenes all over the world, including the Arab World Institute in Paris, the BBC, the Medina Theatre in Beirut and the Cairo Opera house. From fertile paradoxes, great things grow. 'Fertile Paradoxes' is released globally through ARC Music on 31st March 2017.

"Fertile Paradoxes" owns the evident and natural qualities which are the hallmarks of an authentically inspired work. A beautiful success!" - Anouar Brahem

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