Rahim Alhaj, Ottmar Liebert, Jon Gagan & Barrett Martin | Under the Rose

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Under the Rose

by Rahim Alhaj, Ottmar Liebert, Jon Gagan & Barrett Martin

On Under the Rose, Rahim AlHaj combines with the world-renowned guitarist Ottmar Liebert to unite the ancestral Iraqi tradition with modern flamenco, celebrating and exploring the family connections. Liebert, who has incorporated his own innovative ideas into the vocabulary of flamenco —bringing electric bass, synthesizer, electronics, drum kit, and more into the mix—proves a compelling musical foil to the ancient sound of the oud and AlHaj’s contemporary approach to the instrument. Ably assisted by Jon Gagan (bass, keyboard), who also produced the CD, finding just the right textures and contexts to illuminate this unique pairing, and Barrett Martin (percussion), these two musical masters bring a fresh perspective to flamenco that echoes its distant past while perhaps anticipating its future. Whether playing in call and response (“The Coin”), weaving two lines together in a rhythmic dance (“A Storm Approaches”), experimenting with electronic embellishments (“Return to Andalusi
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1. Under The Rose
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2. The Delivery
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3. Do not Wait My Love
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4. The Seduction
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5. Do You know I Love you
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6. The Coin
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7. Chasing You
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8. A Storm Approaches
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9. Returnto Andalusia
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10. Spirit of Saladin
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On Under the Rose, Rahim AlHaj combines with the world-renowned guitarist Ottmar Liebert
to unite the ancestral Iraqi tradition with modern flamenco, celebrating and exploring the family
connections. Liebert, who has incorporated his own innovative ideas into the vocabulary of flamenco
—bringing electric bass, synthesizer, electronics, drum kit, and more into the mix—proves a
compelling musical foil to the ancient sound of the oud and AlHaj’s contemporary approach to the instrument.


Ably assisted by Jon Gagan (bass, keyboard), who also produced the CD, finding just the right textures
and contexts to illuminate this unique pairing, and Barrett Martin (percussion), these two musical masters
bring a fresh perspective to flamenco that echoes its distant past while perhaps anticipating its future.
Whether playing in call and response (“The Coin”), weaving two lines together in a rhythmic dance
(“A Storm Approaches”), experimenting with electronic embellishments (“Return to Andalusia”), or hewing
closer to tradition (“Under the Rose”)—AlHaj and Liebert display a rare musical simpatía that bridges cultures
and genres.


This collection of 10 tracks—all collaboratively composed by the four players—offers a deep-soothing balm
for the listener. From the most energetic to the most profoundly contemplative, each track takes the ears on a
short, refreshing journey that reaffirms music’s magical powers and the virtuosity of these splendid musicians.


But it does more, as well. All net proceeds from this CD will be donated by UR Music, through UR Arts and Culture,
to Direct Aid Iraq (www.directaidiraq.org) in support of its heroic efforts to restore hope for the tens of thousands
of Iraqi children whose lives have been devastated by violence, whether through the loss of home or family or through
injury and disability.


Under the Rose, then, offers a deeply satisfying experience for the listener, the knowledge that each of us can
make a difference, and the hope that we can all live in a world free from fear and violence and overflowing with compassion.



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