Between Carthage and Rome

by John Kameel Farah

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Dillon Ethier
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Dillon Ethier 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.

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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“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 Toronto, Ontario

Behind a stage set up that can include piano, harpsichords, synthesizers and computers, John Kameel Farah works in a wide open creative field through which he can combine, juxtapose, and transform the musics that interest him most: Early and Baroque keyboard music, ambient minimalism, Middle-Eastern music, Electronic Dance Music, and electroacoustics. ... more

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