Little Earth

Little Earth

by Rahim Alhaj
     
 

Iraqi oud master Rahim Alhaj has made his home in the U.S. since 2000, but his eye is on the big picture, the entire globe -- his Little Earth. He certainly has the pulling power to draw in some big names, ranging from R.E.M.'s Peter Buck to guitarist See more details below

Overview

Iraqi oud master Rahim Alhaj has made his home in the U.S. since 2000, but his eye is on the big picture, the entire globe -- his Little Earth. He certainly has the pulling power to draw in some big names, ranging from R.E.M.'s Peter Buck to guitarist Bill Frisell and accordionist Guy Klucevsek. In fact, his collaborators here are from all over the world, responding in their individual ways to his compositions. There's real beauty here, as with his collaboration with Cape Verdean singer Maria de Barros on "Missing You," a piece that takes her far from her comfort zone. Klucevsek is masterful, making his accordion sound Middle Eastern, while the kora/oud combination on "The Other Time" is simply a light dance that's delightful. But whether Alhaj is working with sitar, pipa, or his own small ensemble, the music is very rich here, an exploration of where people come together. There are far more points of contact than divergence, and the fact that the album closer features him playing with an Iranian ney player shows just how people can ignore borders placed on them by governments.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2010
Label:
Ur Music
UPC:
0822685621024
catalogNumber:
5
Rank:
174054

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rahim Alhaj   Primary Artist,Oud
Glen Velez   Shaker,Frame Drum
Guy Klucevsek   Accordion
Peter Buck   Guitar
Bill Frisell   Electric Guitar
Stephen Kent   Didjeridu,Shaker
Robert Mirabal   Vocals,Native American Flute,Hand Drums,Water Sticks
Lorenzo Martinez   Violin
Luis Alberto   Violin
Eyvind Kang   Viola
Liu Fang   Chinese Flute
Maria de Barros   Vocals
Robin Abeles   Double Bass
Yacouba Sissoko   Kora
Roshan Jamal Bhartiya   Sitar
Luis Guerra   Double Bass
Eric Slavin   Guitar
Chris Dorsey   Guitar
Katie Harlow   Cello
Jesse McAdoo   Cello
Roberta Arruda   Violin
Monica De La Hoz   Viola
Miguel Piva   Guitar
Mariano Fontana   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Jeff Jenkins   Engineer
Jon Gagan   Engineer
Pete Reiniger   Mastering
Mell Dettmer   Engineer
Steve Mac   Engineer
D.A. Sonneborn   Liner Notes
Tom Frouge   Executive Producer,Management
Maria de Barros   Composer
Bernard Grenon   Engineer
Rahim Alhaj   Arranger,Composer,Producer
William Butler Yeats   References
Scott Fraser   Engineer
Kazuaki Tanahashi   Cover Calligraphy
David Schommer   Engineer
Kostadin Kamcev   Engineer
Douglas Geist   Engineer
Evelyn Underhill   References
Zack Kear   Arranger

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