AFRICA EXPRESS PRESENTS…
THE ORCHESTRA OF SYRIAN MUSICIANS TRANSGRESSIVE, OUT TBC Live recordings of Syrian orchestra on the road, plus special guests.
Last June, members of the Syrian National Orchestra For Arabic Music were reunited by Africa Express, the collective led by Damon Albarn. Five years after war broke out in their homeland, the musicians gathered together for a series of concerts across Europe. This record captures a sample of the performances, including Paul Weller’s sombre take on Wild Wood, Julia Holter’s Feel You nimbly weaving through the new and subtle instrumentation, and Albarn singing Blur’s Out Of Time. Mutually respectful and keen to broaden perspectives though these performances are, the real highlights come when the orchestra are left to fly, communicating the powerful feeling underpinning a reunion that was clearly as poignant as it was joyful. VICTORIA SEGAL
Listen To: Wild Wood | Al Ajaleh
Express delivery: a “sombre” Paul Weller joins Damon Albarn and pals.