Jerusalem In My Heart

Daqa’iq Tudaiq

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Jerusalem In My Heart (JIMH) returns with Daqa'iq Tudaiq , the third full-length album from the Montréal-Beirut contemporary Arabic audio-visual duo, following the acclaimed 2015 release If He Dies, If If I f If If If (ye ar-end li sts at The Wire (#39), Th e Quietus (#24) and A C loser Listen (Top 10) , among other accolades). Featuring voice, electronics, buzuk and other instrumentation from composer-producer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Matana Roberts, Suuns, Big Brave) and abetted by the 16mm analog film work of Charles-André Coderre in live performance, JIMH continues to expand the horizons of its profound conceptual and aesthetic engagement with Arabic/Middle-Eastern traditions. Daqa'i q Tudaiq translates as “minutes that bother/oppress/harass”—which presumably needs no further explanation—and features two distinct album sides of music.

Side One realizes a long-held dream of Moumneh’s to record a modern orchestral version of the popular Egyptian classic “Ya Garat Al Wadi” by the legendary composer Mohammad Abdel Wahab. JIMH assembled a 15-piece orchestra in Beirut, enlisting the celebrated Montréal-Cairo composer Sam Shalabi (Land Of Kush) as arranger and musical director for the session. Anchored by the stately hypnotic pace of mallet and percussion instruments (riq, santur, derbakeh, kanun), the piece unfolds with lush, languid, reverb-drenched manoeuvrings through virtuosic Maqam shifts (Oriental scales). Moumneh’s melismatic lead vocals and electronic production sensibility pay homage to the genre’s documented historical recording traditions, while pushing things subtly and respectfully into new territories of sonic distortion and noised, artefact-laden transmission. 

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01 Wa Ta'atalat Loughat Al Kalam (Part 1)
02 Wa Ta'atalat Loughat Al Kalam (Part 2)
03 Wa Ta'atalat Loughat Al Kalam (Part 3)
04 Wa Ta'atalat Loughat Al Kalam (Part 4)
05 Bein Ithnein
06 Thahab, Mish Roujou', Thahab
07 Layali Al-Rast
08 Kol El 'Aalam O'youn

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