AGUARES Book of Angels Volume 23
Music of John Zorn
Roberto Rodriguez’s dynamic blending of Cuban music with the Jewish tradition has produced some of the most popular and best selling CDs on the Radical Jewish series. Here he turns his brilliant arranging skills and fabulous all-star ensemble to nine beautiful melodies from Zorn’s lyrical Book of Angels. Recorded in Israel with some of the strongest musicians out of the exciting Israeli music scene the music is at once familiar and surprising, touching on traditions while bringing them into the 21st century with imagination, wit and a passionate creativity.
Roberto Rodriguez: Drums, Percussion
Itay Abramovitz: Piano
Assaf Hakimi: Upright/electric Bass
Gilad Harel: Clarinet
Jonathan Keren: Viola, Violin
Salit Lahav: Accordion, Flute
Chen “Pepe” Meir: Congas, Chekere
Omri Mor: Piano
Amit Sharon: Dohola, Doumbek, Darbuka, Frame Drum
Yaron Ouzana: Trombone
Music by Roberto Rodriguez
Words by Omar Perez
In the “Mulato Insurgency” we find an honest foot print to the Grail of “Creolisation”, which the West Indian writer Edouard Glissant defines as “ethnic fusion along with something else that can never be defined” or it will be lost. “Jazz, came from everywhere; not in an imperative, sudden way, but in the form of traces. Music needs links, roots; the challenge is to surpass them without making them disappear. Music must run the risk of diversity.” These Creole musical genres have not been “imperial”, imposed a set form, adds Glissant, they have underlined ideas of suffering. They have combined Catholic churches and pagan trance; produced beguine, bossa nova, salsa and son, blues, swing, rap, calypso, bomba and plena, rumba, morna and coladera, etc.