Resonance / Dissonance: Khyam Allami

Written by  January 4, 2012

The seven long tracks on this album feature Khyam on the oud, unaccompanied by any vocals.

Resonance/Dissonance [CD/DVD]: Khyam Allami

Label: Nawa Recordings/Cargo

Born in Syria to Iraqi parents and raised in the U.K., Khyam Allami has multicultural musical roots. These eventually led him to master the oud, a Middle Eastern lute and characteristic fixture in Arabic maqam melodies. The seven long tracks on this album feature Khyam on the oud, unaccompanied by any vocals. The lilting melodies and meditative sounds display Khyam’s diverse and remarkable creative talents. A DVD is included that features all of the album’s songs and a bonus photo gallery with outtakes. Greece-born percussionist Vasilis Sarikis adds some sound to the video production. A great album that might turn you into an oud fan!

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Matthew Forss

Verge magazine's music columnist, Matthew Forss holds a BA in biology, MS in exercise science, and an MFA in creative writing. Since 2000, he has been writing world music reviews for Edmonton-based Inside World, while amassing a very large collection of ethnomusicological recordings from every country in the world. Matthew continues to publish music articles and cultural book reviews in various academic journals and magazines and has an acquired taste for Central Asian linguistics (Uzbek, Kazakh, and Tajik).

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