Badawi - Safe

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On this, his second full length release for Asphodel, Raz Mesinai finds his Badawi spectre offering what may truly be considered his piece de resistance. Spires of piano, flute, violin, and cello rise up over Saharan expanses of percussion to create a vibrant and emotionally charged soundscape. Mesinai, joined by such notable performers as violinist Eyving Kang and guitarist Marc Ribot, has composed an album that travels the distance from dub to jazz, darbuka to drone, manifesting his nomadic shifts from Jerusalem to New York City and his conceptual shift from Sub Dub to Badawi. Culturally informed analog and digital distortions from the divinities to the avant garde yield this beautifully crafted call to the intimate sanctuary of sound. Safe continues Badawi's renowned sound clash style, layering the desolation of the desert with the comfort of a captivating beat.

"Not only does Safe impress as a meticulously crafted and fully-realized collection of exotic soundscaping, but it's thoroughly accessible too." - Textura

The players:
Raz Mesinai
piano, percussion, flutes, drum
programming & processing
Eyvind Kang: viola
Mark Feldman: violin
Marc Ribot: guitar
Jane Scarpanton: cello
Marcus Rojas: tuba
Shahzad Ismaily: electric bass. . . . .

Catalog Number: ASP 2030
Release Date: April 7, 2006

Track Listing

  1. Etheric Uprise 2:30
  2. The Avenging Myth 13:49
  3. Sound on it's Eccoing 8:06
  4. Ocean of Tears (2005 remix) 9:45
  5. SAFE 3:34
  6. I Said Oblvion 4:40
  7. The Bedouin Walks Alone 7:10