Professional composer and music producer with tremendous curiosity for everything connected to my professional areas .The fields of expertise are: classic music, classic orchestral music, jazz, rock, hip hop, middle eastern ethnic music, music for theater, electronic fusion, chill-out et.c. Always looking for new interesting collaborations and points to apply my skills... to make this world a happier place :-)
Among the most common conflicts current couples have, lack of realism stands out. In a couple, love isn't the answer to everything. The song “Outside in" is about conflict at a personal level, the internal conflict of deciding whether to stay or go in a relationship. Relationships are complicated, and no one knows for sure what the future holds. The best relationships have their issues, while the worst relationships still have their virtues. It’s hard to know what the best decision is if you’re thinking about whether to stay or move on.
This song addresses the conflict of intolerance (of race, sexual orientation, etc.) but instead of making it into a protest song, I turnedit into a pro-diversity song so it would offer a positive solution. I was inspired by a quote from Turkish writer Mehmet Murat Ildan: “Do you see your own culture as the most beautiful and perfect culture? You poor fellow! You are so much poor when you lack the beauty and wisdom of other cultures! Why is honey precious? Because honey is not the child of one flower, but a thousand flowers!"
The “conflict” theme is represented here in 3 different ways... Not enough space here. See "Lyrics" slot.
We are a trio of two female singer/songwriters and one composer/music producer. We join forces to speak on behalf of mother nature. Lamisi Anabilla Akuka (Ghana) and Heather Maxwell (USA) plead to all people living on the planet to treat nature well and with love and respect. We say that if you keep it natural, Mother Earth will repay you generously. We composed our melodies and lyrics in our respective, first languages (Kusaasi and English), and recorded in our own studios: Lamisi in Accra, Heather in Washington DC, Sasha from Switzerland.
We live on this beautiful planet, we breathe thanks to it. She generously gives us what we need. The song "The Time is Now" is about our relationship and our behavior towards it and our disconnection from each other. We now know that the resources are not limitless and it is time to reconnect. There are no better times than now. The Time is Now
‘Planet forgive us’ is a song asking forgiveness from the earth, for all the beauty we’ve destroyed. We can’t pretend we don’t know what we are doing to our world, and as the song says, ‘we’re Midas, choking everything we touch with fool’s gold’. It expresses the sorrow of understanding that the earth would be ‘Eden’ once more, without our actions. ‘Our dear small pale blue dot’ refers to what the astronauts described when they saw the earth from space. The song asks ‘will we learn to change, to grow, clean up the mess we’ve made?
A Better World’ is written with hope and gratitude for the world we have, and also for the potential we have to make a better world. As the lyrics say; ‘Thank you for all that is good, for the hope, that we can build a better world’. The song asks questions as our planet suffers from our actions, asking ‘is there another earth we can escape to?’ The poetic spoken-word part of the song refers to the ‘world between worlds’, where pain and suffering can be transmuted to love and transformation, through courage, gratitude and hope.
Our planet is our cradle, of enchanting beauty. "Sento chiamata" is Mother Earth's call to be aware of the incredibly rich diversity of lifeforms that has evolved over millions of years – I protect what I love.
Kate: In order to save the planet, we need the people who are whole at heart and take part in the effort. Sasha: The musical concept is based on the idea of breaking the structure or the relations of the instruments/voices. This song is recorded without bass line and almost without drumming. The focus is entirely on the voice of Dagga and melodic passages of the Fluteraman's flute. Fluteraman: The melody is haunting and makes me hum the tune again and again. Thanks Sasha Alexander for having me on this.
"Aval Allah" is based on the poetry of the Indian poet Kabir. His poetry has remained a pillar of unification. While leading a music workshop with children on an organic farm, one of them started singing Kabir. "Dheerey Dheerey Hey Manna Dheerey Sab kuch Hoye, Maali Seenchey Sau Ghada…" which means slowly o mind, slowly all things happen, the gardener sows seeds in 100 pots and the seasons come and plants grow. We have carried the energy of Kabir across the world. The song is an invitation to grow and feel united in our various differences.
A cry for the children and youth of planet earth whose innocence, hopes and dreams suffer the risk of being stolen and shattered by destructive forces in societies of materialism, growing immorality, lack of family unity, racism, lack of spirituality, prejudices of various kinds and at the face of some of the gravest systematic injustices.
The sky and trees are the beauty of nature.It is the most intrinsic part of humanity. It is the art of God. Whether it's the morning sunrise or the moonlight in the night sky, everything roams around nature. Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength to protect it. If you truly love nature, you will find a way to preserve it's beauty. As Carl Sagan said : We have to Preserve and Cherish the pale blue dot, as it's the only home we've ever known.
The song talks about the relationship with our planet and expresses the wish to go back to the start and begin again. Just like a love relationship that has hit a hard time and you wish you could start over and get past the old hurt. 'What will remain when the cold winds blow the leaves away? In the pouring rain. Will we find love, can we begin again?'
We are living in a unique time that reminds us just how much humanity is depended upon the nature of our planet. We are experiencing a very strange time with a world pandemic, which changed everything for us humans, it turned everything we knew upside down. However nature seams stronger than ever. This song came to me one morning while I was looking through my window at the amazing power of nature's awakening from winter to spring. The colors and sweet sent of blossoming flowers, the buzzing sounds of bees, birds singing and flying about.
For us to save and take care of the planet we first need to know how to take care of one another, work together towards healing from things as humans then as we heal the way we treat the planet will change. The song is about where we need to start in order to be able to work together, we first need first introspection, erase the internal turmoil for a fresh and healthy relationship with each other as humans.
Sasha: This is not a song - this is a poetic-cinematic “dirty and messed” journey into one of a strongest experience of human kind - the experience of Fear. The Fear of death of us as a species, the Fear of death of our beautiful world - is forcing us to move towards the corrected path of asking a question “are we the next to be extinct?” At this point we are all looking for ways to find a possibility of making a lasting change and stop the devastating destruction of our beautiful planet. Randy: Let love be your fearlessness.
‘’Nature is full of meaning, filled with indescribable music. The trees, the stars and the blue hills ache with a meaning which can never be uttered in words’’ - Rabindranath Tagore. Here is how we would like to sum our feelings behind 'Shira': In Silence and Joy, I dance to the tune of yours, O Mother Earth, I exist because you exist, I do not know which language you speak, but I've sung many times in your embrace, You have spoken to me through your silence, All those traveled through me, became a melody, a song I sing in silence and joy.
Keya Nemesis: Mizani is a Swahili word that meant balance. The track Mizani is about taking time to think individually and as a society what balance we need to live in the world to transfer her in a truly better place for generations to come, weighing financial wealth against ecological wealth. In a prophetic tone the chorus asks the questions of what balance? Do we want a corrupt balance which is what we have always had in different versions? Keya Nemesis and Sasha Shlain collaborate to bring a colorful message of action.
Anat: This collaboration started from Sasha's beautiful and very expressive music. When I heard it, the main feeling that came up is - repent. We take so many things for granted in our lives, our health, freedom, wellbeing, and sometimes, only when it's taken away we realize that. Our planet is not solely ours, and it seams we have forgotten that we are only guests here, and we cannot use and abuse it without care. I'm hopeful that men & womenkind, will wake up, and start listening to what our planet is trying to tell us.
Randy: It's a poetic image using a metaphor of the world spinning around its axis. Like a dance and since, the planet's life is at risk, we decided to join pleading for mercy of life of the planet. And to continue by asking whatever thing is at risk that at least let it get one last dance. It's when you are left with no options and decide with whom to hold your life in his or her hands. Since I believe music uplifts the spirit so it seems only naturally when worse comes worse the world will go out by way of dancing to death.
"Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish been caught, and the last stream poisoned, will we realize we cannot eat money." Cree Indian quote
Sasha: In many Native American cultures, women were viewed as extensions of the Universal Mother and therefore vital to the continuation of their people. They are the people that never gave up on protecting Mother Earth, and treating her with respect. Now it’s our time to learn from them. Theresa: The song, is a song I wrote to honor all mothers who give their children the unconditional love, support and guidance in their lives, as our Grate Mother Earth that continues to provide for us.
Kate: The animals that share the planet with us are diverse and beautiful, but unfortunately countless species are dying out. We think it's important to remind humanity of the beauty they bring to our world, and to treat them with the respect they deserve as equally valuable residents of our planet. Sasha composed this track with the story of the song in mind, and the music expresses the pure exuberance of the life that surrounds us.
Flameboy Universe: Let us take care of the earth.. there is nothing much to it than being considerate, this world has never harmed us what can be so hard to treat it like wise. Han Beyli: The message of the song truly captivated me and brought attention to the most crucial and important aspects of our lives. The courage to change. It's gonna define our future and the future of our planet. We have to be aware and educate ourselves, and one of the best ways to do so is through art and music.
Syssi: Temperatures are rising, lands are drying out, forests are burning, our world is on fire. Climate change is no longer a distant threat. Its effects are every day more acute. Let’s hear our planet’s call for help and respond, together. Kate: Fire is a force of destruction, but it can also be a powerful force for change. The human race has inflicted destruction and suffering on our earth mother, but if we pay attention, it's also a call for us to awaken and take responsibility for our actions. This song is an echo of that call.
Bi: Even if our planet's surface is covered with 97 percent of water, we can't drink it as it is salty. So 'Rain' is the most important factor to keep life on earth. But due to pollution caused by modern life have affected the rainfall and water cycle. The arrival of Rain has always been celebrated. People dance and sing to welcome the Monsoon. There is an outcry for Rain water harvesting which precisely means to conserve Rain for future use. Our Song 'Rainy Days' celebrates the joy of rain on planet Earth and talks to value its importance.
This ancient sacred prayer song is a song to defend our Sacred Mother Earth. It is a prayer song that was given to our Lakota Nation to remember her. We pray and Sundance to this sacred song, sending our voice for healing during our Sundance ceremonies. We sing this song by sending our voice to the Great Spirit. The sun, and moon are connected with her because they are part of the Sundance ceremony. We thank the Great Spirit, Tunkasila (Creator God) and White Buffalo Calf Women that our people pray for the world (Unci Maka) Mother Earth.
Sasha: New times - new adjusted directions. In light of recent events we came up with the idea to cheer up and propose a spiritual alternative to fear - JOY! Anat: For me, music has always been a cure. Whenever I’m in the presence of music, my spirit is uplifting. The ability to give this gift to others, is a total blessing. Sakhile: This is a positivity song that is meant to keep people in good spirit during all the depressing situations that the world faces every day, music is one medicine that hits and you feel no pain (Bob Marley).
Flameboy Universe: This song is meant to open the eyes when it comes to understanding why some of these terrible things are happening around the world, the prime culprits is us as people, our actions contribute towards the world suffering, the best effective way to change the situation is to do better as a people. Sasha: Just to add to Sakhile’s words - I decided to use a sample of the “Knyaz Igor “ opera by Alexander Borodin. It represents a nostalgic longing to be at the place where you feel safe and home, where your freedom is an absolute.
Humanity has always aspired to be better, to go faster, further. It seems like we may have gone too far, too high, too much. We had lost the delicate balance with nature, which is all around us, screaming “wake up, before it’s too late!” Nature mirrors our internal nature, with extreme phenomenons such as endless fires, floods, extreme weather, deadly viruses. Water is magical, and it has everything in it. It's the source of life, but can also be a cause for death. It’s beautiful and mysterious, and for me has always been a magical force.
ONE WORLD is a musical journey across our planet which explores the connections between cultures, landscapes and nature. Starting in the ocean, the cradle of primordial life, flutes play duets with the songs of whales. We proceed to the beach, lulled by the sound of waves, while a sparkling layer of violin textures frolics over them. Traveling inland, we reach the jungle, and begin to hear the voices of animals and humanity. The voices carry a powerful message: We have one world, and although we are all different, we must work together.
Our planet is home of an incredible variety of species. Unfortunately some are today close to extinction, imperilled by human action. The song is inspired by the last rhinos and tells the story of one of this beautiful endangered wildlife animal being tracked down by poachers, from his own view point. Out in the wild, who s the real beast? Can we stand by, accomplice of decline of nature?
Andrea: "Each new day is an opportunity to awaken our true essence as human beings and to understand that we all have the same Mother, Mother Earth. It is time to listen to her sacred voice and identify it with our inner voice as a child, realizing that we both carry the same glories and pains, like mother and child. We may still have some time left, but we must listen first. Escuta a Mãe Terra!" Sasha: I was falling in love with her meditative way of singing, I proposed a music track that could reflect these qualities in our collaboration.
Elly: As I listened to Sasha's original instrumental track, it felt quite organic to me and I immediately heard a melody and words emerging as if it was earth itself speaking to me, like a mother. A mother that is sometimes taken for granted, ignored. But even if she feels unloved at times our mother earth is still here supporting us, sustaining life for all living things. Regardless of how we treat her she will continue doing so until the end of time, like a mother would.
“Lament” is a first part of a two-part piece “Her Voice”, and represent the cosmic voice of Mother Earth - in this case - an expression of pain, sadness and loneliness … Based on instrumental “waves-like” movements, multiple layers of voice sound-texture creating a beautiful, and somewhat dramatical “flow”with hypnotic element in it. All that finishes just with a small “memory of existence”, a piece of beautiful reminder of “once upon a time…”
“Stand up “ is an energetic “call for action”. It’s an inspirational exhortation for making a step forward and taking responsibility for a change you want to see in the world.
A song that calling for embracing our Mother Earth, listen to her needs and protect her from distraction.
This intense and groovy song dedicated to a main reason we are in trouble in any possible imagined way in our relationship with our planet: greed . The love for money and personal power that overcoming common sense and instinct of self-preservation, the will to sacrifice the sustainability of life itself for illusional and selfish “well being” based on personal economical capabilities.
Sasha: “SOY” (I am) is a romantic, Italian stylized song, where our relationship with our “mother earth” is presented as an interaction. To thrive you need to treat each other with care, love, attention and respect - it’s the only way to keep it alive … The absence of those above will, eventually, lead to disruption and disconnection, and finally - “death” of it. Mariana: This song is the voice of the earth in the first person, crying out to embrace it and give it a hope of change. Mother Earth feels without strength and needs to recover.
This is not a nice song. Aggressive in nature this piece is a statement of the force of Mother Nature on the verge of despair - the last call to respond to love with love, and not with hate. Rooted in 19th century “muwashash” - a poetic form that includes music. It is a musical genre that originated in Muslim Spain during the tenth century. It is described as a poem with repeated rondo-like returns to a musical refrain. The musical environment of the piece is representing the destructive attitude towards beautiful melody and words of love.
Heidi: Nothing lives up to the natural grace and beauty of what the earth has to offer. Instead of honoring it, we, have systematically eroded the wonders of our planet with greed, short sightedness and straying far from the soul of our existence - the earth and our connection to it. The beauty is so great, it is almost like a fantasy. In the middle of all the horrific erosion, even the fantasy is dead. We (as a race) have killed it. This song expresses the wish to revive it and breathe life back into the astonishing beauty of the earth.
“Evolve!" is a music adventure inspired by the recent world wide movement of “awakening”. Last 20 years where intensely full of events and inventions that let the world communicate faster and in a completely new manner. That result in our daily involvement in life of the whole planet .We are all more informed and more educated in terms of our nature and our real relationship with the place we are living in. it’s about transformation and growth, the way of each one of us on our own way.
Bees and Butterflies is a joyous call to reconnection with nature and its vegetal reign. It is written in “bulu” language, which is a language and tribe from South Cameroon. Danielle: Bees and Butterflies is the story of a flower that sings her gratitude and love to life. The flower is thankful for the bees and butterflies that come to flirt with her, for the sun and the stars that reflect their beauty on her. Sasha: With this song I had a bliss. The picture of a sunny day outside in the fields of grass and all the flies, bees and butterflies.
Sakal Bana Phul' is a Sufi song. The song celebrates the arrival of Spring and also describes the longing of a lover in this season. It is said that one day, the poet saw a group of women dressed up in bright yellow Sarees, carrying bright mustard flowers were singing with utmost joy. Upon asking the women replied that they are dancing to celebrate the arrival of spring and are on their way to offer flowers to the goddess in the nearest temple. This inspired Amir Khushrow to write this poetry for his spiritual master Hazrat Nizamuddin.
Jivan: “My vision and Sasha’s production, makes it sounds fresh and updated stylistically, it is like a young voice singing an old song.” Sasha: “Rare for duduk tempo it gave me an idea of trying almost the impossible to associate with this instrument style – ‘Funk’ and some ‘Rock’ elements. The whole experience became much more ‘stompy’ with attitude. Gentle sounds of duduk now empowered by electric guitar and heavy drum patterns have a new ‘blood’ in it.”
Jivan: “This composition is an Armenian traditional melody that I played for years. I play it with my feelings and when Sasha does his magic by adding and changing the rhythms and harmonies they become traditional modernized masterpieces. Sasha: “This melody inspired me for a research in harmonic fields, as a simple melodic line has a tremendous potential for interpretation.”
It is an a cappella song of a total improvisation in the studio. Realized in a process of free creation this song is an ode to the recognition of the need of love that resides in each one of us, this is a célébration of our natural ability to share that universal love with joy and abundance. Sasha: “The hypnotizing, ‘shamanic’ nature of Danielle’s song and her powerful voice inspired me for looking for special colors and unusual rhythmical patterns, in order to create a ‘magic’ supportive sonic environment.
I sent a melody idea for Sasha, and he sent back a fully produced track. I was impressed and it made my song idea come to life in a way I didn't expect. I think his production makes the song more vulnerable, more interesting. For me, this song is special because it reminds us that we're all going through something. What is important is to remind each other that regardless of where we come from, we are still looking up at the same sky. We are all connected, like the lyric says: "We are all dreamers underneath a sky that glows."
This song had been written upon a personal experience of loss, an attempt to transform darkness into light, to ''celebrate'' life while this world is becoming full of sufference and beauty at once. Sasha and I decided to collaborate because we both have curiosity for music on a human and artistic level, it has been a pleasure to work with someone with such efficiency and energy!
'Diva (A Bird by Choice)'' is a song celebrating the spirit of independent women across the world who dared to follow their dreams rising above of all the social boundaries. Bijayashree: “This Original is a composition close to my heart.“ As it says...Music has no language, this original composition has lyrics which do not necessarily have any meaning. It is a pure musical composition composed under the guidelines of a traditional Indian Raga.
"Complaint" is calling people to hear the cries of Mother earth which is being destroyed by humans. The song is sensitizing people to take actions against the destruction of the environment. Sasha and Minah decided to give this collaboration a chance. Sasha: “I love the particular color of her voice which is so different from my way of melodic thinking. It was a very inspiring collaboration that left a taste for more.”
Africa is a song that informs about the situation of orphaned children in Africa. that the continent does not offer good conditions for living and they prefer to go into exile to hope to find a refuge. for this reason, we draw the attention of African leaders to become aware of the suffering of peoples.
“I Hear You“ is a piece inspired by the concept of search for perfection that exists only as a product of creative expression. You never see it, but you always follow the “voice” of it. It’s a path to pursue and to dedicate his life to. My partners for this “love affair” were: extraordinary guitar and drumset players from Switzerland and a brilliant and very unconventional cellist from Texas. Each one brings a new aspect and detail to this tune, that definitely become a “fruit” of four.
“Leaving” is the last piece of the cycle. This is an audio depiction of the last face of Love when it’s leaving for good. Played by Waldo Luck Alexander (violin) it’s perfectly describing that moment of farewell , and reminds me personally a phrase from old Russian song that “farewell is a little death”. Hope you can "tune in" , even it's not the most pleasant experience. :)
The third piece is about “dark” face of love - jealousy and possessiveness. The partnership for creating it came from South Africa - brilliant violin player Waldo Luc Alexander accepted my proposition to team up for both last pieces of the cycle, and his “string-touch” helped to express the cold, annoying and destructive nature of this side of love here.
The second piece of the cycle of four dedicated to physical expression of love. Beautiful Arabic Nay was my choice to articulate the “dreamy” aspect of it. Itzhak Ventura, a known in the middle east musician, who played this instrument here , brings the colorful and vivid “hypnotic” energy to the piece, transforming it into a tale of “1001 nights”.
Water, as an element is the only matter that connects everything alive. I believe that water has memory - it’s collected information about everything since its existence, that makes it the wisest element. The message of it - love is the only way for everything. On a technical level in the piece - we have two “forces” in constant dialog: one, represented by piano, is well structured, thoughtful and calculated. Another (bouzouki) - is spontaneous, eruptive, emotional and unstable. The interaction of these two is creating the perfect balance.
This is an audio "portrait" of the first appearance of Love. I’ve had a melody, that I recorded as a sample and sent it to Anat asking to listen to it and if she had an idea for words. Then I thought that it will be nice to have an instrument that is not expected in this musical environment. I started research and came across Kamancheh player Hassan Khodayinia. I asked him if he wants to participate, and he generously agreed. A week later I had several optional tracks from him. Interesting how passion can be expressed in so many ways.
“Raqsa” - is all about dance and love to move with music. Its a complex and energetic piece that united under one “roof” classic, rock, folk and jazz musicians form Uzbekistan, Russian Federation, South Africa and Switzerland. Have a nice ride :-)
“L’addio di Anna” is a nostalgic French-Italian melody of a cinematic/theatric nature - with love and bright sadness. The three main melody players are far from these places geographically - clarinet, played by brilliant musician of Iranian origins, duduk from Armenia and harmonica (melodica) … maybe this one of the closest - Russian Federation. All of them playing the melody and improvising in a very touching and convincing way - even though our languages and cultures are different - our feelings are of the same nature.
When I studied music , I heard that once you put a man and a woman in the same room and let them listen to “Bolero” by M. Ravel - by the end of the piece they will fall in love. Even though it’s just a fantasy - I like the idea of “viral” passion of this masterpiece … I used a paraphrase of the Bolero as a starting point for creation of “Night vision”, and then asked Jake and Daniel to go as far as possible from standard improvisational way of thinking…. The result is for you to judge. Enjoy and let your fantasy take you far away :)
“When you will get to my house, To the melodies of my love, I'll open my door for you, ..I'll give you my heart.” It is a love song that I wrote, describing the deep love between me and my soul who yearns to fulfill its destiny without fear and trust its way in this world. In the song I speak with my soul and the Creator about my journey as a singer in this world but can also be interpreted as a love song between a woman and her lover. This song symbolizes my deep love for singing and music and the deep gratitude to make music.
I came across fantastic voices of Sepideh, Syssi and Sharon. Touched by their beauty and power I’ve decided to create a piece that each one of them will have a part and absolute freedom of expression. Basically it stands on improvisations of the ladies and a melody that I have written as a “child song” inspired by the conceptual idea of “the mothers voice as the first human voice we all hear”. As these voices may vary from place to place - they are all creating the same feeling in us - love. Please - enjoy.
I’ve asked Sharon to send me something that she think can be used for a collaborative work. After few days she send me this extremely interesting combination that representing her both cultural backgrounds. This chants - Yemenite (but in Hebrew!) and Indian (for the love of God) I couldn’t yet hear only in one place - the church…. So now we all can :)
A beautiful result of four inspiring minds from 3 different countries. ... have a seat :-)
A melody , dedicated to my dear friend and guitar player JK, that was a source for inspiration and left too early... Recorded with help of another friend with almost same abbreviation - JaKe, and one of the best music companions I've had - Thomi Geiger on soprano saxophone. There are some cello (Ioanna Seira) and violins on the background (Mihai Ilea and Javier Lopez Sanz) at the end, that made it much more vibrant and warm. Was a pleasure to work on this one.
The piece "La 'Allam" is a Love Song composed by Ali Asaad. It is a piece of Ali's current work on new Syrian Songs, which is built on intimate spoken contemporary Syrian poetry (poet Hani Nadeem) with various dialects of Syrian-Levantine Arabic. The new identity is reflected musically by collaborating with arranger Sasha Shlain and Swiss Saxophonist Thomi Geiger, trying to bring the Syrian Pop Song into its new orbit, to confront new musical textures, effected by Jazz settings and electronics, targeting Syrians and Europeans.
The piece "Searching for the Pitch No.1" is built on Iraqi Folk Music / Religious Ritual Genre of Singing. It is being vocalized and recomposed by Ali Asaad (main chant and choir-like vocals). This track is a collaboration with the Russian Swiss-based composer Sasha (Alexander) Shlain and also with the Swiss composer and multi wind-instrumentalist Sandro Friedrich. The track includes Sasha Shalin's collaboration as arranger in the electronic accompaniment, as well as the own-improvised recorded solo of Duduk played by Sandro.
The piece "Giresun" is built on Turkish Folk Music from the Black Sea of Turkey. It reflects Ali Asaad's various influences including Turkish rich musical culture and language, as he studied in Ankara State Conservatory before studying in Austria. It is being vocalized by Ali Asaad (main chant and choir-like vocals). This uploaded track is a collaboration with composer Sasha (Alexander) Shlain who I have met on the Beyond Music platform. The track includes Sasha's collaboration as arranger in the electronic accompaniment.
When I browsed the different participants in Beyond Music, I liked Sasha's musical background right away: Such an interesting blend of different cultures and skills! It is reflected in this track which is unconventional yet very groove-centered, including allusions to many different cultures and styles! In this track I play bass flute, traverse flute and Jew's harps.
I wrote this very personal song, in the intimacy of my room, and it was quite an experience to work on it together with Sasha who gave it his own footprint, from both sides of the world...
This is my melody for exclusive musician Daniel Woodtly, plus very nice adapt for perfomans by Sasha Shlain
Duduk and Piano work very well in collaborations so we chose a 2000 year old Armenian melody and improvised it mixed it with some modern sounds of piano.
I got a call from the migration office in Switzerland that i have to leave the country tomorrow out of nowhere because my work permit was not extended, although i studied, worked and lived there for 5 years. This triggered many emotions in me and made me taste a little tiny bit of what refugees go through all over the world. Before i departed to Cairo, i met Sasha, and i showed him the song i wrote about my experience. We let our souls express all we could feel and wish to create this piece.
A collaborative work with amazing israely singer Anat Porat. Took some time, as a piece is very uncommon melody-wise , but the result is (in my opinion) astonishing. Loved every moment of working on it together...
A song... beautiful song... done by fantastic singer.
A mixture of Jewish traditional music with modern Jazz/Reggie/Rock