Going through my Bill Laswell phase ~ early 90's, I stumbled on this release as a vinyl 'cut out' bought from New York. Not long back from the Middle East it took me directly to the Arab markets of East Jerusalem. HIghly recommended for those that like 'oriental' music and the oud. Simon Shaheen is a master!
Favorite track: Sittel Habayeb.
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Simon Shaheen: featured violin, oud, viola, chorus
Ibrahim Salman: quanoun
Sheikh Taha: accordion
Anton Hajjar: ney
Najib Shaheen: oud
Nessim Dakwar, Kamil Shajrawl, Artemis, Theodos & Gabriel Palka: violins
Michael Finkel & Vladimir Greenberg: cello
Paula Bing: flute
Michael Richmond: double bass
Ramzi Bisharat: tabla
Michel Baqlouq: daff (tambourine)
Hanna Mirhige: mizhar (frame drum)
Bobby Farah: sagat (finger cymbals)
Laura Shaheen, Nermine Rawi, Louise Salman, Youssef Kassab & Maurice Chedid: chorus.
Produced by Bill Laswell & Simon Shaheen
Adapted, arranged and conducted by Simon Shaheen
Recorded at Sorcerer Sound
Engineered by Steve Rinkoff
Assistant: Judy Kirschner
Mixed at Platinum Island
Assistant engineer: Oz Fritz
Production assistance: Nicky Skopelitis
Mastered at Sterling Sound, NYC by Greg Calbi