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Between Carthage and Rome

by John Kameel Farah

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Deidre House
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Deidre House Some sublime piano work here, often backed up with synthesizer (and sometimes the other way around). An intriguing release, another I have Mr. Moklebust to thank for finding. File under world chamber fusion. Favorite track: Sama'i Point.
Jason Gordon
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Jason Gordon Recommended by Christopher Moklebust. The music is not short on rigour and the pieces really challenge your ear. It has a similar feel to the upcoming album Nostalgic Synchronic: Etudes for Prepared Digital Piano being released by New Amsterdam Records. nostalgicsynchronic.bandcamp.com/album/nostalgic-synchronic-etudes-for-prepared-digital-piano

Thanks for recommending Chris, hope you enjoy my recommendation. Favorite track: Surus.
Christopher Moklebust
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Christopher Moklebust Between Carthage and Rome is fusion music done right! It neither sacrifices the pulsatile bass and beat nor the creative complexities of professional musicianship. Both exist in communal bath and bathe together within the other. And Farah's command of the piano is quite the experience to behold! Favorite track: Mercurial.
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Introitus 05:14
Mercurial 07:35
Surus 06:08
Distances 08:30
Sama'i Point 10:58


“Between Carthage and Rome” is a book of fugues, fantasies for piano and electronics, and synthesizer landscapes.

As the title implies, in the music there is a strong interaction between European and Middle-Eastern cultures and histories, but I wanted to get at something that was more meaningful than the standard cliché “East and West”. I wanted to dig much deeper (pardon the archaeological pun) and show the ties and intertwining developments of many civilizations on both sides of the Mediterranean, expressed through a maze of pianistic counterpoint, fugues, de-tuned synthesizers, percussion and electronic soundscapes.


released December 6, 2014

John Kameel Farah - piano, prepared piano, electronics, computer, Nord Lead 3 synth


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John Kameel Farah Berlin, Germany

John Kameel Farah is a Canadian composer, pianist and visual artist whose work embraces aspects of baroque and early music, experimental, contemporary classical, improvisation, middle-eastern music and forms of electronic music.
He is based between Berlin and Toronto.
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