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"slippery fingers, minds and hearts drawn and drawn out in murky rainbow oil slicks..the mellow crunch of desert blues and the echo of a quicksand maquam whittles through a gasping dry throat reed bending in black smoke balls..City Of Salt is a half remembered song in a half existing place...a hatching of realizations at the fork in the road where a golden mirage splashes waves of dry heat upon formless shapes of missing time...a crystal mist from distant gazes approaching yet forgotten before arrival...where remembering is outlawed above the drones of forbidden dreams." -Alan Bishop/Sublime Frequencies, Sun City Girls.
City Of Salt are a trio of clarinet, oud and electric guitar that draw upon some of the more untrodden traditions of group improvisation to map out what could be called a Third Stream Arabic Music.
Neither the easy juxtapositions of 'oriental jazz' nor the all too reverential treatments of 'traditional' Arabic Taksim - the trio follows a 3rd path, using other blueprints or sources implicit in the ground of Arabic maqam and free improvisation to create another 'stream' of improvisation... a more open, extended approach to form and melody, both 'oriental' and 'occidental'.
City of Salt is: Paed Conca (clarinet), Omar Dewachi (oud) & Sam Shalabi (guitar).
Recorded during one free-improv session on August 2, 2012. Tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork Studios, Beirut, Lebanon.
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