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Baraka is a 1992 non-narrative film directed by Ron Fricke. The title Baraka means “blessing” in a multitude of languages.
In this five minute piece you get to see the Whirling Dervishes of the Mewlewī Sufi Order, the Western or Wailing Wall, the Kaaba or Noble Cube in Mecca, Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican, the Mausoleum of Shah-e-Cheragh in Shiraz and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
With the music of the Harmonic Choir/David Hykes’s ‘Rainbow Voice’ mixed with Michael Stearns’ ‘Mantra Organics’.


video from the movie: Baraka; directed by Ron Fricke

video from the movie: Baraka; directed by Ron Fricke

“Abu Gil”, where violin and electric keys blow its modal structure wide open. One of the album’s centerpieces, the 13-minute song…

Extrait du concert donné par Jon Hassell au festival Jazz Onze+ à Lausanne en octobre 2009

Realisation Miguel Octave

Jon Hassell (Trumpet, Keyboard)
Eivind Aarset (Guitar, Bass)
Jan Bang (Live Sampling)
Kheir-Eddine M’Kachiche (Violin)

Album: Maarifa Street — Magic Realism 2 (2005)

Go up on the roof at night

in this city of the soul.

Let everyone climb on their roofs

and sing their notes!

 Sing loud!

 Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273)

BEGINNING with three live concerts, each recorded in four instrumental layers, some performances (notably, trumpet) were kept intact, other layers were either re-performed or invented anew while some layers migrated from one performance to another. Some completely new tracks were made by cannibalizing parts from previous works and reshaping them. My hope is that, by weaving together the spontaneity and “imperfections” of a live concert with the “detailing” of a studio recording, something distinctive results.

I almost subtitled this record “Improved Concerts”, after Mati Klarwein’s “Improved Paintings” series in which ordinary flea market paintings were miraculously transformed by painting into and out of the original. But one track—which exists only as a stereo recording—has been left untouched: the “encore” at the end, ‘Open Secret (Milano)’.

—Jon Hassell—

Deep, infinite, slow-burning.

Track list:
—Brownsville Turnaround on the Tex-Mex Border
—Pulling out of Ricardo and the Dusk is Falling Fast
—Six Hours to Louisiana, Black Coffee Going Cold
—Dream Time in Lake Jackson
—Madrugada Eterna
—Justified and Ancient Seems a Long Time Ago
—Elvis on the Radio, Steel Guitar in My Soul
—3 A.M. Eternal Somewhere out of Beaumont
—Wichita Lineman Was a Song I Once Heard
—Trancentral Lost in My Mind
—The Lights of Baton Rouge Pass By
—A Melody from a Past Life Keeps Pulling Me Back
—Rock Radio into the Nineties and Beyond
—Alone Again with the Dawn Coming Up

الحمد لله رب العالمين


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