Wacław Zimpel - slarinet, bass clarinet
Perry Robinson - clarinet
Raphael Rogiński - guitar
Michael Zerang - drums, frame drums, darbuka
The music on the cd was first presented as a special project, part of the Vth Tzadik Poznan Festival.
As most of the material is taken directly from the live recording (with
just one track from a session recorded the following day) I'll remind
the review I wrote after that evening:
A special project of the festival ws presented on the final evening -
a band created on the occasion of the festival , to present music of
the Yemenite Jews. Reconstruction from archival notations of songs 5000
Anyone who saw Zerang on stage, a man of a respectable stature, knows
he can seem to float over the ground when he starts playing. Light and
finesse - he's playing is so natural, like a heart-beat, and so agile in
all kinds of ethnic variety of hypnotic rhythms.
Raphael Roginski's style of guitar playing is unique, his chords
providing a rich texture and rhythmic support but it's his sound (which
can be delicate like a hendrix-like sharp and energetic), so much his
own that it impacts any group he plays in.
And finally Zimpel and Robinson on the front-line, exchanging
passionate if gentle solos, spiralling lines back and forth. Zimpel's
becoming a master on his own, Robinson, an elder wiseman among the young
ones patiently speaking his words.
Yet the music is so much more than just a sum of descriptable
ingredients. Incredbile sense of communication, sense of unity and
finally, sense of complete alienation from the temporal reality - which
makes the music thousands years old feel completely universal, above the
time reality, so much in-the-moment.
I t was music that was pure and simple, music that brought peace to the mind and soothed the soul.
The music on the "Yemen (music of the Yemenite Jews)" is peacefull,
meditative, spiritual - uplifting your thoughts and spirit. Archaic
melodies are not really old, they're eternal - the passing of time is
I'll just add one other quote, this part from the interview with Waclaw Zimpel (you can find the whole thing in the interviews section):
So, as there is no, or there should be no barrier between internal world and the sound, there's is there in Your oppinion no real distance between this world and such ancient music?
we start analysing music, purely from a theoretic point of view :
virtually in every culture a pentatonic scale can be found. A great
amount of music composed contemporarily (for example Steve Reich) is
based on the pentatonic scale. Obviously each age has its own
characteristics, but I don’t feel that things composed today are that
much distant from the music played thousand years ago.
it’s still about the same thing - to live an experience, in a place
where people gather together, some of them play, some of them listen.
Ritual of transgression, katharsis, entering the state o meditation. At
least that’s what it is about for me."
Enough talking. This one is supposed to be listened to through your heart.