Haram at Bäckerei KULT, Basel
The morning after their Basel show, we took Vancouver ensemble Haram for a ferry ride across the Rhein, followed by a visit to Basel's glorious Bäckerei KULT (the city's oldest bakery dating back to 1726). Croissants aux amandes, quiche and coffee flowed...as did the music.
Thank-you to band and bakery for their generosity of song and pastries.
("You make music; I make bread" - Lea Gessler, Bakerei KULT )
Haram drummer Kenton Loewen plays a thermos here for the off-stage version of this song.
About the ensemble:
From the depths of Vancouver’s rich avant-garde improvisational music community, comes the phenomenal culture-mashing, juggernaut that is Haram. The power-house ensemble, half studied in the Arabic tradition and half who cut their teeth in the improv-indie-rock-jazz scene, is led by Juno Award-winning Gordon Grdina (Dan Mangan) who trades in his guitar for Iraqi oud. Haram pays homage to traditional Arabic music while mixing elements of noise, electronic soundscape, and western free improv into their explosively self-expressive sound.
We've wrapped our larger live shows for the season, but tune back in from time to time as we post eclipse's e-clips of artists amongst boats, bread and other Basel beauty.
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“The music's backbone is traditional, but wild outbursts of free improvisation and subtle injections of noise make it quite unlike anything you'd hear in the shisha dens of Cairo or Baghdad...Gordon Grdina is both a skilled and slippery performer on the oud and a fiercely inventive noise guitarist.”
THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT-