Land of Kush – Against the Day

LPx2 , Constellation Records, 2009

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Land of Kush’ Against the Day is a passionate, adventurous & rebellious masterpiece of mystical electrified big-band compositions, inspired by the surreal novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon. Bilocal oudist & composer Osama Shalabi (Montreal/Cairo) bravely leads this 20+ member orchestra through a progressive suite of long form arrangements that synthesize sounds of spiritual jazz, Arabic folk & experimental rock into a sound that’s overwhelmingly unique and gripping.


Styles: Psychedelic Big-Band, Arabic Folk, Spiritual Jazz, Experimental Rock

Moods: Passionate, Triumphant, Mystical, Communal, Rebellious, Desert, Spiritual, Surreal, Powerful, Storytelling, Cathartic

Musical Qualities: Thematic, Progressive, Dense, Polyphonic, Percussive, Lush, Driving

Instrumentation: Oud, Trumpet, Vocals, Multiple Drummers, Congas, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Cello, Violin, Viola, Keyboards, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Clarinet, Rocks, Found Objects, Percussion, Electronics


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