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"Peninsular" is a new work that blends the virtually unexplored rhythms of the Arabian Peninsula with the frameworks of African-American jazz.
The music of the Khaleej (common term used to describe the Arabian Gulf) is famous for its laid-back feel and distinguished sense of swing - a trait not found in the music of the rest of the Middle East.
In "Peninsular", Tarek experiments with the use of “quarter tones” in a rich harmonic context. Tarek plays on both, acoustic piano and electric keyboard with the latter being programmed to play the quarter tones found in Arabic maqam, giving the compositions an added dimension.
1. Indisar – اندسار
2. Hala Land – هلا لاند
3. Samrias – سامرياس
4. Qumairah – قميرة
5. Al Qorbi Nasnas – القرب نسنس
6. Gate of Tears – باب عدن
7. Peninsular – بننسلر
8. Rastprints – أثر راست
9. Ayyala Cubana - عيالة كوبانا
Tarek Yamani: Piano, Quarter Tone Keyboard, Compositions
Elie Afif: Acoustic Bass
Khaled Yassine: Drums
Wahid Mubarak: Khaliji Percussion
Ahmad Abdel Rahim: Khaliji Percussion
Adil Abdallah: Guest Vocals
Produced by Tarek Yamani
Recorded at Soundstruck Studios (Dubai) / Mixed and mastered at Bass Hit (New York).
Cover artwork: "Alien Technology" by Monira Al Qadiri, fiberglass sculpture.
Video shot and edited by Rawad El Hachem
"Dahha 'Anizza" vocal sample in track 9 (Ayyala Cubana) is taken from a field recording by Dr. Lisa Urkevich which accompanies her book "Music and Traditions of the Arabian Peninsula".
"Peninsular" is made possible through a commission by the Abu Dhabi Festival.
Out worldwide except for Europe.
European release Fall 2017