The Markaz is pleased to co-sponsor Yasmine Hamdan's Los Angeles concert at the El Rey on Tuesday, Nov. 14, when she presents her latest album, Al Jamilat (The Beautiful Ones, based on a poem by Mahmoud Darwish). Tickets start from $25. Tickets here.
Read a recent interview with Yasmine Hamdan in the LA Review of Books.
With her debut solo album Ya Nass (2013), Yasmine Hamdan introduced her personal, modern take on Arabic pop. With Al Jamilat, she pursues her musical exploration, while taking a look at the mutations at work within the Arab world.
Even as Yasmine’s vocals are connected to traditions of Arabic music (to which she takes an unconventional and fresh approach), the structures and arrangements of the songs are very remote from its codes, and take in elements from contemporary Western electronic, pop and folk music.
Her unique vision is fully realised in this new album, which she jointly produced with UK producers Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode, Lily Allen) and Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Carl Barât), and recorded with contributions from NY musicians Shahzad Ismaily (Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, John Zorn, Marc Ribot) and Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley.
More About Yasmine Hamdan
Yasmine is a wanderer, she’s lived in half a dozen countries and has been immersed in as many cultures. The making of this album couldn’t therefore be anything else but a voyage, during which she collected and merged sounds & ideas, interacting along the way with a variety of people, nurturing her reflections and enriching the sociopolitical awareness which always runs through her lyrics.
Yasmine Hamdan was one of the first artists from the Middle East to adopt the codes of indie music. With her previous band Soapkills as well as solo, she marvelously combines oriental heritage and Western influences.
She’s performed prestigious shows on four continents (including a series of concerts for the launch of the Jim Jarmusch movie Only Lovers Left Alive, in which she’s featured singing, onscreen, in one of the film’s most memorable scenes).
- November 14, 2017 at 8:30pm – 10:30pm
- El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90036