Blessed with a glorious, passionate voice that bridges Middle Eastern and Western styles with instinctive ease. Natacha Atlas’ body of work is a testament to the richness and accessibility of Arabic culture.
Natacha will present songs from her latest album Mounqaliba recorded with guests including pianist Zoe Rahman, a 20-piece Turkish ensemble and a chamber orchestra.
Globally celebrated singer Natacha Atlas has been building towards the subtle beauty of her brand new album ever since 2008’s internationally acclaimed acoustic, orchestral album Ana Hina.
Recorded with guests including pianist Zoe Rahman, a 20-piece Turkish ensemble and a chamber orchestra integrating western and Arabic styles, Mounqaliba –- ‘being in a state of reversal’ in classical Arabic — is a set of original new songs, evocative interludes, and a limpid, lucid reading of Nick Drake’s The Riverman.
”What I hope I have achieved” says Natacha ”is to match the lyricism of classical music with the inherent poetry of Arabic, I wanted to continue the exploration of grounds covered with Ana Hina. Through the juxtaposition of western classical string sections with traditional Arabic instruments, classical Arabic poetry against abstract impressionism, traditional Arabic percussion with smoky jazz kits……. To create a melange of ideas and examined opposites. What I attempt to convey is a sense of reversal…. Reversal of the state of society, reversal in our political and belief systems, reversal of spirituality in favor of materialism.”
Led on oud, the Middle Eastern lute, the Attab Haddad Quintet perform a support set of dazzling contemporary fusion of Middle Eastern music, flamenco and jazz in the vein of Anouar Brahem and Dhafer Youssef.
Buy Natacha Atlas’ recordings:
- In North America: Mounqaliba. Other recordings available: Ana Hina, Best of, Something Dangerous, Gedida, Mish Maoul, Foretold in the Language of Dreams
- In Europe: Mounqaliba. Other recordings available: The Best of Natacha Atlas, Ana Hina, Ayeshteni, Mishmaoul, Halim, Gedida, Foretold in the Language of Dreams, Something Dangerous, Diaspora
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