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Jerusalem in My Heart

Jerusalem in My Heart

Joseph Yarmush

Jerusalem in My Heart, Jessica Moss, Gardener 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Tue., Oct. 6, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: $12, $10 in advance
I can’t comment on the visual component that Charles-André Coderre brings to the live performances of Montreal’s Jerusalem in My Heart, his duo project with multi-instrumentalist and engineer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, but the sounds conjure powerful images all on their own. The band’s songs are built around the aching Arabic vocals of Moumneh and accompanied by his twangy buzuk lines, which are sere and fractured yet plangent in a bath of milky reverb. Some tracks are enhanced by pulsing electronic tones and white noise—thus creating a strong collision between ancient and modern aesthetics—while others feature guest musicians (Lebanese free improviser Sharif Sehnaoui adds tension with prepared guitar noise on “A Granular Buzuk”). Moumneh’s lyrics are mostly personal, but at points his heartbreak over the Middle East spills out as exasperation. Though he recognizes the situation’s complexity on “Ah Ya Mal El Sham,” he can’t stop from crying “Oh, what’s the matter with you, Syria?”
— Peter Margasak



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