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Chicago clarinetist James Falzone's longstanding Allos Musica ensemble with oud player Ronnie Malley and Tim Mulvenna on hand drums and percussion, playing collective improvisations inspired by Arabic musical forms.

Falzone, James Allos Musica

Falzone, James Allos Musica: Lamentations (Allos Musica)
Label: Allos Musica    
Released in: USA    

"Lamentations is the debut recording of the four year-old trio version of Chicago-based clarinetist/composer James Falzone's longstanding Allos Musica ensemble. The group, which has performed at creative music venues all around Chicago features oud player/vocalist Ronnie Malley and hand drummer/ percussionistTim Mulvenna. Its music is a mix of Falzone's original compositions and collective improvisations inspired by Arabic musical forms such as the Longa and Muwashah, the work of Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem and the cross-cultural significance of the lament in music and literature from around the world.

"I was working on a lot of this music in 2006 as U.S. forces were more and more entrenched in the Iraq war," Falzone recalls. "It did, and continues to, trouble me a great deal. During the build up to the invasion, I was studying Arabic music and seeking out Arabic neighborhoods where I could hear the music and buy CDs. I was in a grocery store watching Al Jazeera with the shopkeepers when some of the heaviest fighting was taking place. There is a phrase from Phil Ochs I like a lot and use in programs for this project: 'In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty.' This sums up why I put these laments together. I was lamenting what was happening in my country, the way we were thinking, but I'm not a very politically motivated man. For me, it comes out in creative ways."-Allos Musica

James Falzone

James Falzone's multi-facted career exists at the inter- section of a multitude of musical styles and traditions. An acclaimed member of Chicago's jazz and creative improvised music scene, he is also a veteran contem- porary music lecturer and clinician, the longtime Director of Music for Grace Chicago Church and a prolific, award-winning composer who has been commissioned by chamber groups and symphony orchestras among other institutions. When not performing or recording with groups such as Tim Daisy's chamber-jazz trio Vox Arcana, the French music ensemble Le Bon Vent and Dutch saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra's The Flatlands Collective, he is gracefully balancing his prodigious musical interests and experi- ences in his own Allos Musica ensemble, the umbrella for most of his musical experiments since 2000. His most recent release is last year's Tea Music, which features his all-star quartet KLANG playing original compositions inspired by clarinetist/composer Jimmy Guiffre's innovative small groups from the mid-1950s.

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Product Information:

UPC: 700261306155

Label: Allos Musica
Catalog ID: AD 005
Squidco Product Code: 16713

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded on June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2010 at Strobe Studios in Chicago, IL by Nick Broste.


James Falzone-clarinet

Ronnie Malley-oud, voice

Tim Mulvenna-hand drums, percussion

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Track Listing:

1. Prelude 1:15

2. The First Lament: Raqs al-Janub 5:08

3. The Thought And The Self, Part 1 I 1:52

4. The Thought And The Self, Part 1 II 1:36

5. The Thought And The Self, Part 1 III 1:09

6. The Second Lament: Persistent 5:30

7. The Third Lament: Time 9:38

8. The Thought And The Self, Part 2 IV 1:48

9. The Thought And The Self, Part 2 V 1:23

10. The Thought And The Self, Part 2 VI 1:48

11. The Fourth Lament: Arja'i Ya Alf Laila 5:07

12. The Fifth Lament: Ash Wednesday 7:03

13. The Thought And The Self, Part 3 VII 2:21

14. The Thought And The Self, Part 3 VIII 1:24

15. The Thought And The Self, Part 3 IX 1:22

16. The Sixth Lament: Attente 9:05

17. The Seventh Lament: Forward 5:39

18. Postlude 1:32