Album Title: OJOS DE NOVIA (EYES OF THE BRIDE)
Release Date: 10 June 2016
Label: Alama Records / Alama 005
“…one of the great young divas of the global music scene…” The Guardian
Mor Karbasi burst onto the global world music scene in 2008 with the release of her first album, ‘Beauty and the Sea’ and has continued to capture audiences around the world with her truly exceptional voice. Fans of that first album will find the new recording, Ojos De Novia (Eyes of the Bride,) an absolute must, with Mor’s Moroccan, Persian and Moorish descent coming to the fore in a set of thirteen new songs about love and tragedy, set in her rich Sephardi family background.
The album features her multi instrumentalist and arranger wunderkind partner, Joe Taylor, who brings Guitar, Trumpet, Saz and Toy Piano to embellish the performances of songs that hail from her roots in Morocco, Spain and Persia with the continuing involvement of Shoshana Karbasi’s lyrical skills. The album opens with one of several traditional Berber songs, Bismillah and features the voice of Shimon Ifrah, leader of the Jerusalem Andalus Orchestra. Cameroonian bass star Richard Bona guests on another traditional Berber song, Hayken Juar, while long time collaborator and bassist Kai Eckhardt (a previous Mclaughlin Trio stalwart) lends his distinctive sound to Idijen, as well as to the title track Ojos De Novia, written by Mor and Joe Taylor. The unmistakable influence of flamenco has always been in Mor’s work, and never more so than on Susona, an original song that Mor wrote in Seville that features the incredible Tomatito family of flamenco guitarists and an amazing solo from Jose Israel Torres. In Tres Morillas, a medieval song later collected by Federico Garcia Lorca, Mor yearns for what used to be a Jewish Moorish Christian Community in Spain. In a story about three Moorish girls who fall in love in Jaen, a city in Andalucia, Mor’s haunting vocals are beautifully highlighted by a string quartet.
And it is Mor’s voice that is centre stage on Ojos De Novia, once more bringing the qualities that The Guardian’s Robin Denselow called “…remarkable -mixing delicacy, power and control as she moves between rousing, harsh-edged songs and the spine-tingling subtlety of a quieter piece.” Rich in musical and cultural heritage, the universal themes of love and tragedy beautifully explored, Ojos De Novia take us back to an age and civilization that is long gone, and yet – somehow – still in the here and now.