Madar ensemble will release their album 'Acamar' on Friday 10 May 2019.
listen to the track Madar Bayati here
Madar (literally 'an orbit’) Ensemble is the fruit of the musical friendship between the Palestinian ud player Nizar Rohana and Dutch bassist Tony Overwater. They invited three prominent musicians from the Arab world and the Netherlands: Dutch clarinet player Maarten Ornstein; Tunisian violinist and viola d'amore player Jasser Haj Youssef and the Jordanian percussionist Nasser Salameh. With genuine curiosity for and understanding of each other’s musical language, they have come together with the purpose of creating something new, built on a deeply shared respect for the qualities of their various musical worlds.
Acamar, from the Arabic Ākhir an-nahr meaning "the end of the river", is a star located in the constellation Eridanus, variously associated by ancient astronomers with rivers across the Mediterranean and Middle East, including the Nile, Po and Euphrates. The music in this album is inspired by the classical civilizations of Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean which relied in daily life on an understanding of the cosmos.
The album's 10 tracks include six original compositions and four improvisations. It was recorded and mixed by Fieke van der Hurk at Wisseloord Studios in Hilversum, and was mastered by Frans de Rond. This album was supported by The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC).
'Acamar' will be released in The Netherlands on 10 May 2019 and an international release will follow in June. It was produced by Jazz In Motion/Kepera Records and will be distributed by Challenge Records International.
For more information contact Nizar Rohana - [email protected]