Skjønnhet Utenfra II - Majaz
Majaz is a project consisting of Syrian musicians Saleh Mahfoud (Guitar/Voice), Rola Bakheet (Voice) and Shble Saleem (Oud) who came to Norway as refugees and started playing together there after their arrival. They have collaborated with the Norwegian artists Knut Reiersrud (guitar, bass, Fender Rhodes) and Håkon Kornstad (saxophone) in a project that has been documented by the film maker Lene Midling-Jenssen. Also appearing on the album is Rune Arnesen (drums).
"Skjønnhet Utenfra II" features a blend of traditional musical elements from Syria and Gaza with layers of Penguin Café Orchestra style minimalism, ambient moments, hints of country pop, and walls of urban jazz. Organically unfolding, with a range of moods from exuberant optimism to pensive melancholy, the music speaks to a unified spirit.
This recording was made possible with funding from Norsk Kulturråd, Fond for utøvende kunstnere and Bergesenstiftelsen.