Fusion: 2017 Nominees

FLUX
ShadowLines on Prisms

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Click to listenThe debut album from new quartet FLUX, led by the British composer Shammi Pithia, is an accomplished marriage of Indian and Western classical music, folk and electronica. The pieces are played on piano, guitar, violin and bansuri (flute) with guest vocalists, including the outstanding Sabiyha on ‘Sundown’, on three of the ten tracks; the dreamy, cinematic quality is irresistible. A Top of the World in #121.

The Gloaming
2 on Real World

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Click to listenThe Irish-American supergroup fuse their trad folk sources with contemporary classical and experimental art music on their second album. The fiddle of Martin Hayes and Caoim.n . Raghallaigh’s viola combine with Dennis Cahill’s guitar and Thomas Bartlett’s piano in some memorable ensemble playing, which is topped by Iarla . Lion.ird’s haunting sean nos vocals. A Top of the World in #116.

Musicians of the Calais Jungle
The Calais Sessions on Sessions of the World

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Click to listenBefore the bulldozers moved in, a group of UK musicians spent several months recording the musicians living in the migrant camp in Calais. There’s much tragedy behind this music created by refugees from Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Eritrea and Ethiopia. But it’s also an uplifting testament to the resilience of the human spirit. A Top of the World in #124.

The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians & Guests
Africa Express Presents …
The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians & Guests

on Transgressive

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Click to listenDamon Albarn’s project to reunite a Syrian orchestra scattered by civil war and to put them on stage with big-name rock and world music stars was typically generous. Despite contributions from the likes of Paul Weller and Albarn himself, ultimately it’s the Syrians who emerge as the true stars here. Reviewed in #124.