"Inner Rhyme" - Debut Album with Sarafand (In a Circle Records, 2019)
Violinist and composer Layale Chaker's debut album "Inner Rhyme" is woven as a suite that explores aesthetics of Arabic poetry. Composed between Beirut, Paris and London over the past two years and recorded in New York over the summer of 2018, the album unveils musical threads that are
mapped through the rhythmical cycles of the twelve classical Arabic poetic meters, the fluidity of oral and free forms, the abstraction of language into the physical contour of verses and the percussive potential of words.
Beyond expression, the composition process tries to capture the shape and essence of epic testimonials on life, death, war and love that make the heart of Arabic poetry.
"Inner Rhyme" was awarded the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture 2018 Grant.
Album Credits :
Jake Charkey, cello - Phillip Golub, piano - Nick Dunston, bass - Adam Maalouf, percussion.
Recorded at The Rift Studio, Brooklyn, New York
Recording & Producing : Radwan Ghazi Moumneh
Mixing : Radwan Ghazi Moumneh at Hotel2Tango, Montreal
Mastering : Harris Newman, Grey Market Mastering
Illustration, visual conception, design : Joseph Kai
Label : In a Circle Records
This recording was made possible by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture Grant (AFAC) 2018.
More on 'Inner Rhyme' in the Press :
“Chaker initiates the potent spell cast by the fourteen-minute Mkhammas Suite with an extended solo in the first part “Hawwel Ya Ghannam,” her expressions mournful supplications that quickly grow more assertive ... [and] make way for a particularly entrancing turn by the leader. Inner Rhyme deftly fuses multiple idioms into an indissoluble whole. [...] That Chaker dedicated many an hour listening to voice material is evidenced by the powerful vocal-like quality of the playing."”
Layale Chaker & Sarafand
In a Circle Records 2019