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.
Label: Allos Musica
Catalog ID: AD 005
Squidco Product Code: 16713
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded on June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2010 at Strobe Studios in Chicago, IL by Nick Broste.
Ronnie Malley-oud, voice
Tim Mulvenna-hand drums, percussion
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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
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"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'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.