Monday, February 20, 2012

The Toure-Raichel Collective's Fruitful Tel Aviv Session

The Toure-Raichel Collective is a collaboration between Vieux Farka Toure of Mali and Idan Raichel from Israel. The collaboration came together as a result of a chance meeting in a German airport and the friendship that developed across borders as a result. Those friendships eventually lead to deciding to play together live. After performing together in Tel Aviv in November 2010 they reconvened in Tel Aviv and had a bit of a jam session. That session became this recording, The Tel Aviv Session.

Sounding spontaneous, beautiful and so worldly you'd be hard pressed to guess where these guys were from The Tel Aviv Session is an absolutely amazing record of cross border world music. Fusing influences, regional sounds, and acoustic instrumentation The Toure-Raichel Collective create a record that's personal and traditional, while remaining completely modern. The combination of Malian and Israeli instrumentation and arrangements give this album a universal appeal that's just awe inspiring. The Toure-Raichel Collective are amazing musicians.

The fact that The Tel Aviv Session was recorded in such an improvised manner is a testament to all the artists involved and the level of talent they possess. The unique nature of the recording and the intimate, traditional and sometimes jazzy songs create a peaceful and serene atmosphere that's both subtle and transcendental. The Toure-Raichel Collective may have members from worlds apart but together they unite in music and create a gorgeous world within The Tel Aviv Session. Proving that music crosses borders, cultures, and traditions while respective all of the above, The Tel Aviv Session is stunning and sublime collaborations I've heard in a while.

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