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  • Release Date 2016-03-11
  • Label Annihaya
  • Catalog END012
Founded by Lebanese visual artist and musician Raed Yassin and Swiss musician Paed Conca in 2006, PRAED is a band whose musical oeuvre can be described as a mixture of Arabic popular music, free jazz, and electronics. PRAED consists of regular members Raed Yassin playing keyboards, laptop, electronics and vocals; and Paed Conca on clarinet, electric bass, and electronics. Over the years, the duo has collaborated with renowned musicians from across the globe, including Axel Dorner and Johannes Bauer from Germany, Hans Koch from Switzerland, Takumi Seino and Maki Hachiya from Japan, and Stephane Rives from France, among others. PRAED's body of work explores the terrain of Arabic popular music ("Shaabi") and its interconnectedness with other hypnotic music genres. Since its inception, the duo has shown a very keen interest in this music as a medium that reflects Egyptian society's complicated fabric. Through their research and thanks to numerous concerts in various Egyptian cities, Conca and Yassin discovered a strong cultural connection between "Shaabi" sounds and the "Mouled" music played in religious trance ceremonies. The hypnotizing psychedelic effect embedded in this genre incited Praed to explore other popular music from around the world that also employs forms of sonic delirium, such as free jazz, space jazz and psychedelic rock, among others, and effectively incorporate these in their own musical concoctions. "The Fabrication of Silver Dreams" is the 4th album from PRAED, and their second for Lebanese independent music label Annihaya Records. It is only fitting that Annihaya would release the duo's new set of hallucinatory music explorations! Indeed, the aim of Annihaya is to revisit and displace various forms of popular culture, whether from the realms of oriental folk music, jazz or electronica, branding them in the process with a resolutely contemporary twist. Previous Annihaya releases have included works by Japanese turntablist DJ Sniff, a tribute to Egyptian guitar player Omar Khorshid by Lebanese trio Malayeen, a selection of Sun City Girls tracks of North African origin, as well as an album of "noir electronica" by Lebanese techno producer Rabih Beaini aka Morphosis.
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