A world is suggested or communicated to me through the basic elements of nature. Although these communiqués are often edited by us somewhere along the way, in this work I am attempting to leave some aspects of their appearance as is while apply the tools of my familiar memory on the overall image as I intend to unify the outcome musically. In some places I have chosen rhythms and maqams that speak to all the senses: senses of the body, the ego, and the soul. However, while carrying these tunes as performers, they carry us to far places that are somewhat subjective and/or contradictory. Essentially, we find ourselves manifesting society, expressing socialization, and reciting our musical improvisations over Mediterranean mountains while traveling to places where profound raw emotions are about to be established and/or transformed.
Shams w Hawa, represents the thin line that separates these emotions and separates laughter from sadness. At the time where I feel that only in one set I am being transformed several times over, I hope that the reaction that it creates will be as faithful as possible.
The recording took place in Ramallah in 2011. Players are: Ramadan Khattab, bass; Luay Bshara, violin; Michele Ruhana, 'ud; Hani As'ad, percussion; Heather Bursheh, flute; Ya'qub Hammoudeh, qanun.