THE ORIENT WEST CHOIR
“This album is the most demanding and fulfilling album I created. It is ambitious and technically complicated.
My aim with this project was to convey spirituality beyond a specific religion and to embrace the glory of nature through my music.
Some of the recordings were done in Israel and the rest in Denmark.
On this album I mixed a classical and rhythmical choir. We worked for months trying to create a new sound, inspired by Gregorian chants but still with an original expression.
I’ve been searching for the right musicians all over the world. After trying the Egyptian scene, I found it politically too difficult and shifted to Israel and its best choice of folk musicians. I gained forces with the amazing Palestinian musician Sameer Makhoul that arranged my music in a traditional Arabic style.”
Release year: 2011
Label: Gateway Music, Denmark
All compositions and arrangements by Dalia Faitelson except arrangements on tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 by Sameer Makhoul.
Recorded by Bill Tsur at Bardo Studios, Israel
Mixed by Lelo Nika, Malmô, Sweden
Fimmer Engel: soprano
Rachel Yatzkan: soprano
Marte Schau: alto
Dalia Faitelson: alto
Gaute Grimeland: tenor
Peter Lindeman Jørgensen: bass
Sameer Makhoul: oud & violin
Alfred Hajar: ney flute
Ilan Kravitz: cello
Thommy Andersson: double bass
Itamar Deori: percussion (tracks 1, 5 & 8)
Jarrod Cagwin: percussion (tracks 2, 3, 4, 6 & 7)
1. Mother Earth
3. Bouquet Of Stars
4. Seas Of the World
5. King Of darkness
7. Four Winds
8 Queen of Light