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Ensemble Fanaa

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Creation 08:12
Imran 05:10
Water Song 07:14
Sujood 05:01
Now What 05:00


Ensemble Fanaa is the meeting point between myriad musical styles in the African American, North African and Middle Eastern traditions. Daro Behroozi (alto saxophone/bass clarinet), John Murchison (upright bass, gimbri) and Dan Kurfirst (drum set/frame drums) utilize their thorough experience in these musics to explore the possibilities of applying approaches learned from the traditions of African-American improvisation to an emerging global musical culture. This enables them to blend and shift through a diverse range of music making practices as they continue to develop a new rhythmic, melodic, harmonic, and sonic vocabulary, characterized by polyrhythmic drones, chromaqamatic extemporizations, and arrhythmic grooves. Their sound is often centered around the use of the gimbri, a bass-register instrument from Morocco that is primarily used in traditional Moroccan Healing/Trance music (Gnawa).


released September 10, 2018

Daro Behroozi - alto saxophone/bass clarinet
John Murchison - gimbri/double bass
Dan Kurfirst - percussion/drum set

recorded and mixed by Jonathan Jetter at Right Angle Recording
mastered by Kane Mathis at Kassata Sound
illustration/calligraphy by Jena Argenta

Gold Bolus Recordings // GBR036



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