Sam Shalabi Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
Sam Shalabi divides his time between Montreal and Cairo. A prolific collaborator, he’s been perhaps most widely heard at the helm of Shalabi Effect or with A Silver Mt. Zion. Here he delivers a dreamy, side-long oud improvisation, and goes electric for a jam with Sun City Girl Alan Bishop (aka Alvarius B.) on vocals and sax. Prime east-meets-west vibes from two longtime itinerant souls.
Sam Shalabi makes a wide array of fantastic music (projects include Shalabi Effect, Land of Kush and The Dwarves of East Agouza with Alan Bishop): this is what he does as a solo artist. Isis and Osiris is pretty wild, dragging together spoken-word, frantic instrumental action, noisy tape manipulations, all sorts, into a properly psychedelic whole. Remarkable stuff, out on Nashazphone.
родина (rodina) is the second release from the St. Laurent Piano Project which was recorded on a winter morning at Sala Rossa concert hall in Montréal. Released on 12″ vinyl by the Howl! arts collective packaged in a delightfully fancy cardboard silk screeened package, Rodina is an exploration between Sam Shalabi on oud and Stefan Christoff on piano.
Sounding like a field Lebanese field recording layered with tracks of Middle Eastern traditional pop, Music for Arabs transcends our understanding of borders and music genres. Sam Shalabi weaving together surroundings and music like an Arabian Brian Eno, this is quite the interesting record. Look across the country borders!