THE TEKNOSTEP PODCAST Episode 32: John Farah "Unfolding" Concert





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Welcome back to 'The Teknostep Podcast', I'm St├ęphane Vera. This is episode #32. I hope you'll enjoy it. Today's guest is my good friend John Farah.

For 'The Teknostep Podcast', I'm St├ęphane Vera

John Kameel Farah "Unfolding" (Dross:tik)
( http://www.nowtoronto.com/music/discs... )
by Benjamin Boles

Describing this disc as a combination of jazz and drum n bass is accurate but extremely misleading. No, this is not laid-back coffee shop breaks with lukewarm horn solos tacked on top, and youre probably never going to hear these tracks DJed in some cheesy lounge.

John Kameel Farah, a regular in the experimental improv scene, expands his jazz palette with classical and Middle Eastern references (as well as considerable technical chops). However, hes also interested in electronic music and pairs his rolling piano figures with crunchy, chopped-up drum samples and gurgling acid synth lines. The result is a remarkably successful combination of computer music and live musicianship, and manages to sound unlike pretty much anything else out there.

Top track: Samai Farah

John Kameel Farah celebrates the release of Unfolding Sunday (July 12) at the El Mocambo.

John Kameel Farah @ Unfolding CD release
with Pau Torres, more. Sun, July 12.
El Mocambo, 464 Spadina Ave $10 or PWYC.
( http://www.eyeweekly.com/clubs/best%2... )

Toronto composer and pianist John Kameel Farah continuously carves out his own niche, merging his background in modern classical, jazz improvisation and Middle Eastern music with a rich take on drum n bass and techno. Farah has grown over the years, as you can hear from the graceful, self-assured compositions of Unfolding, Farahs new CD. Hell perform it here over the course of two sets.

( http://www.johnfarah.com )
( http://www.myspace.com/jkfarah )

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