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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.

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