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Zecharia, Zadik – “Kurdish Melodies On Zorna ” – [Bo’weavil Recordings]

Thurston Hunger   4/5/2007   CD, International

I thought the zorna was a form of bagpipe on initially hearing this,
Zecharia seems to keep a cycle of sound going so long at times. Evidently
it is closer to the shehnai, a two-reeded wooden instrument…that can
blow like piercing fire. On the first nine tracks on this Zecharia is
chained to very emphatic Dola drumming. Too heavy to be hypnotic, they
are domineering tracks. Tracks 10 – 16 have a bit more air in them
and allow the notes of the Zorna to sustain gracefully. There is still
percussion, but it does not seem to be as slave-driving. At the end
two tricky treats, remixes that sort of kaleidoscope two of the earlier
driven tracks and do so to excellent effect. I think individual tracks
from this will be very handy for energizing shows, or making interesting
leaps into/out of modern electronics, or perhaps summoning the charm of
a friendly snake charmer…

-Thurston Hunger

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