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Emad Armoush’s Rayhan
Granville Island Jazz
Led by Emad Armoush on oud, ney, guitar, and vocals, Rayhan’s interpretations of traditional Arabic songs are filled with intensity, bold sonic colouring, and far reaching improvisation.
Aided and abetted by the extended techniques, electronic manipulations, and fire-stoking sonic excursions of François Houle clarinets, Jesse Zubot violin/effects, JP Carter trumpet/electronics, and Kenton Loewen drums, Armoush’s arrangements flourish wildly without losing the delicate beauty and originality of the time-honoured melodies.