Jacco Muller and Victor Ghannam: Viento del Desierto (Mihrab)

 |   |  <1 min read

Jacco Muller and Victor Ghannam: Luna Llena
Jacco Muller and Victor Ghannam: Viento del Desierto (Mihrab)

This exotic blend of flamenco guitar and oud alternates between the thrilling and the exotic, and succeeds on both counts.

Libertad, driven by urgent clapping and with the vocals of Doris Farhat keening and soaring, is a standout. It is the last track and the journey to it is utterly rewarding. 

Muller (from the Netherlands originally) brings a rich, deep and dramatic tone to his guitar work, and Ghannam (who lives in Michigan) has been a longtime session musician who has appeared in the soundtrack of Xena and Hercules episodes. 

Together they bridge the whole Mediterranean with Spanish and Moorish elements, and the sexual excitement of tango. The 10 minute, title track opener sets the mood (Farhat's vocals, the romance of the oud, the tension that choppy guitar chords bring) and there is a sense of space and impending drama in the slow and languid scene setting which bursts to life about three minutes in with percussion, clapping and rapid-fire out and guitar figures.

This is exciting and technically impressive instrumenatl music, but technique doesn't get in the way of them telling a good story and taking the listener on a trip.

Well worth tracking down through Muller's website here.

Share It

Your Comments

Tony G - Nov 30, 2009

A truly intense and exciting duo. I am enjoying this cd and can't stop listening to it.

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

Toumani Diabate's Symmetric Orchestra: Boulevard de l'Independence (/Elite)

Toumani Diabate's Symmetric Orchestra: Boulevard de l'Independence (/Elite)

Copies of this uplifting album by Diabate from Mali come with an intelligent and interesting DVD-doco which shines a light on the culture of the griot -- a caste of hereditary... > Read more

Tom Ze: Estudando a Bossa; Nordeste Plaza (Luaka Bop)

Tom Ze: Estudando a Bossa; Nordeste Plaza (Luaka Bop)

Tom Ze was one of the stars of Brazil's Tropicalia movement in the late Sixties and his edgy music and approaches to song structure and instrumentation was collected by David Byrne for the Best of... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

SAMSON AND DELILAH, a film by WARWICK THORNTON (Madman DVD)

SAMSON AND DELILAH, a film by WARWICK THORNTON (Madman DVD)

Two years ago I was in and around Alice Springs, a town that trades on the idea it is close to Uluru. It isn't. The town has a fascinating, if brief, white-fellah history, the landscape in... > Read more

Quincy Jones: The professional in the pissoir.

Quincy Jones: The professional in the pissoir.

So there I was at the urinal when Quincy Jones walks and says, "Hi Graham". It was awkward to shake his hand so I just nodded and asked him if he was enjoying his evening. Now Quincy -- who... > Read more