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It Ended Up Being A Great Day, Mr. Allende

by Charbel Haber

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Creative music has no accent, nor does improvisation adhere to geography. But new music from far-flung places does perk up the ear. Beirut's Charbel Haber, the Lebanese equivalent to Oren Ambarchi, began with the noisy rock band Scrambled Eggs and then progressed into improvised music. He can be heard on Chicago percussionist Michael Zerang's "Cedarhead" (Al Maslakh, 2007), a compilation of duets.
The four lengthy solo tracks on "It Ended Up Being a Great Day, Mr. Allende" showcase a pertinacious guitar sound that borders on almost ambient presentations. Haber delivers long tones, accented with effects and reverberated loops to create hypnotic soundscapes. He builds tension through incremental volume and the layering of sound.
On "Wandering Women Of Letters," he loops his crystal- sounding notes over the beats of his soundboard, bells, and varying electronics. "Two Germans At the End Of The Earth," a title taken like all others here, from Roberto Bolaño's work, exercises restrained feedback to build, not so much momentum as architecture. These constructions are the brilliant revelations of a solo artist.

Marc Corroto [All About Jazz]

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released May 5, 2012

All music by Charbel Haber
All track titles are taken from Roberto Bolaño's novel "Nazi Literature in the Americas"

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork Studios, Beirut, Lebanon on January 16 & 17, 2012

Artwork & design by Mazen Kerbaj
Inside photo by Tony Elieh

Produced in Lebanon by Al Maslakh
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Al Maslakh is a UFO created in Beirut in the early 2000's, to publish the un-publishable from Lebanon's experimental music scene and beyond.

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