Mawwal - This Is All There Is There Is No Other Place CD (Mega Blowout Sale)

"One year after the last release “Black Flies” Jim Matus (formerly Paranoise) has taken another step forward in his explorations in world fusion. This one is a decidedly more acoustic sound while retaining all Mawwal’s depth and intensity. Some amazing guest artists appear on this recording. On bass, Percy Jones, (Brand X, Brian Eno, David Sylvian, Tunnels) Middle Eastern percussionist Shane Shanahan (Yo Yo Ma, Glen Velez) Rohan Gregory on violin, (Klezmatics) Indian Tabla master Harshal Tole, master African drummer Tony Vacca and iconoclastic harmonic vocalist Jim Cole."

"From the first track, listening to Mawwal's this is all there is, there is no other place is like absorbing some bizarre hallucinogenic compound through your armpits in a Waziristan sweat lodge. Drawing heavily on traditional Middle Eastern/ South Asian music and academic icons like Joe Zawinul and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the contemporary arrangement of these rooted-in-tradition pieces is, well, seriously cool."-Tom Sturm/Valley Advocate

"It is doubtful that any of us have been to the strange, unique city (Ortahisa, Turkey) that graces the cover of Mawwal's second album, "This is all there is, there is no other place." Similarly, it is a new savory experience of the aural kind to hear composer/arranger Jim Matus' fusion of tunes from Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Kurdistan, Sudan, Pakistan, and other places hard to describe. Besides singing, Matus plays the laouto, saz, and mandocello. The other members of Mawwal are Joe O'Brien (bass), Jill O'Brien (vocals) and Mike Keyes (drums). Many guest musicians appear, with most of them contributing added percussion on djembe, riq, tablas, djun djun, rattles, tama, cow bell, dumbeck, kenkene, frame drum, triangle, bells, box, and shakers. Of special note are guests Jim Cole and Rohan Gregory. Cole's harmonic singing imparts an eerie and meditative Zen-like feel to Matus' original "Mawwaltz," sung with "scat syllables and meaningless sounds." Then, at the next track, the title cut is sung in both English and Aramaic. Gregory's bow work is also a welcome complement on five of the eight tracks, although I would have equalized his violin with more low end and reverb. Mawwal plays the New England club and festival circuit, and they're also be heard at anti-war, anti-imperialism, and pro-environment gatherings. After all, the band's moniker comes from a type of improvisational Middle Eastern popular music that often criticizes society. Thus, Mawwal's messages have a subtle political bent, and their daring music also displays something rebellious, bold and independent. It's nice to see melodic creativity that incorporates elements of adventure, excitement, challenge and danger."-Joe Ross
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  • UPC747014450529
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