L'Oud and the Abstract Truth (Disc 1)

by James Stone Goodman and the Epichorus

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L’Oud and the Abstract Truth, a double-disc of ecstatic middle eastern roots music, pairs the poetry of James Stone Goodman with the deep arabic grooves of the Epichorus, creating a form of poetry-in-music at once ancient and new. Over the course of twenty four tracks, recorded live across New York City, with a cornucopia of master-musicians bearing old and unexpected instruments, L’Oud and the Abstract Truth will dazzle and delight.

L’Oud and the Abstract Truth, is the product of a multi-year effort by Rabbi James Stone Goodman and the Epichorus, to record a traditional music-video for every portion of the Torah - called “The Maqam Project.” A maqam is an arabic musical form, similar to a mode, that is played as a kind of structure over which one improvises. In many middle eastern Jewish traditions, there is a maqam associated with every Torah portion. James Stone Goodman has been writing poetry to this form since 2009; approached by his student, Rabbi Zachary Fredman, bandleader of the Epichorus, the two found a way for poetry and music to meet.

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released June 13, 2016

Poetry – James Stone Goodman
Music Direction – Zach Fredman
Design - Sam Spetner

Vinegar Hill Sound Concert (September 25th, 2013)

1) Sav (Nawa)
2) Vayiqra (Rast)
3) Messora (Sigah)

Zach Fredman – Oud
Megan Gould – Violin
Bridget Robbins – Nay
Liron Peled – Dumbek
Basya Shechter – Kanjira

Vinegar Hill Sound (September 23rd, 2013)

4) Beshalach (Ajam)
5) Vayera (Nawa)
6) Teruma (Hosseini)
7) Vayishlach (Saba)

Zach Fredman – Oud
Marandi Hostetter – Violin
Daniel Ori – Upright Bass

Perry St. Rooftop (May 21st, 2014)

8) Vaethanan (Hosseini)
9) Haazinu (Bayat)

Zach Fredman – Oud
Megan Gould – Violin
Tamer Pinarbasi – Qanun
Matthias Kunzli - Percussion

Perry St. Carriage-House Concert (May 21st, 2014)

10) Bemidbar (Rast)
11) Balaq (Mahour)
12) Zot Haberacha (Ajam)

Zach Fredman – Oud
Megan Gould – Violin
Uri Sharlin – Accordion
Liron Peled – Dumbek
Yosef Goldman – Percussion


Mixing – Rob Kahn (Mixology Post)
Mastering – Brad Sarno (Blue Jade Audio)

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