Two different music styles combined into one musically beautiful weaved piece that captivates the ears from its enchanting decrescendos and climatic crescendos.
This composition, with its combination of the meditative vocal improvisations, touches of piano chords, the enticing strokes of the melodious Oud and Qanoun, has been composed with the collaboration of the two artists with two different musical backgrounds that show the beauty of mixing the two worlds together.
About the production process:
Since I have known that Fiona was my partner in this project I immediately started searching and listening attentively to some of Fiona’s online work to have a better idea about her style that I was supposed to merge with; knowing that Fiona’s style was a bit different from what I usually perform. A few days later, I got in contact with Fiona and we directly agreed on how to move forward.
Actually, there was little talking and a lot of dynamic music exchange between us; as the track kept on swinging effectively from Fiona to me with new rhythms, oriental improvisations and vocal effects; each contributing with her/his own experience.
The first step of the production consisted of composing the backing track, which was done by Fiona and used 6/8 time signature. Added to that was a short melody of the Oud, played by myself and which was repeated twice at the beginning and at the end in order to ensure the works unity. In a second step, the track was given back to Fiona to record her vocal improvisation, imitatimng the Qanoun. She also created an intro improvisation. Afterwards, I added a Qanoun improvisation, enriching the track with Arabic Maqams. At the end, Fiona made her final her final contribution by adding vocal effects of her own and mixing all the work together which enhanced the track’s power of expression.