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Led by JUNO-winner Gordon Grdina on Iraqi oud, Haram pays homage to traditional Arabic music while adding wild outbursts of free improvisation and subtle injections of electronics and noise rock to create an explosively self-expressive sound. Featuring heavy-hitters and B.C. stalwarts JP Carter (trumpet), Jesse Zubot (violin), Kenton Loewen (drums), Tommy Babin (bass), Emad Armoush (vocals), François Houle (clarinet), Chris Kelly (saxophone) and Tim Gerwing & Liam MacDonald (percussion). Haram’s name derives from an Arabic word meaning “sinful” or “forbidden,” but its boundary-annihilating music is “quite unlike anything you’d hear in the shisha dens of Cairo or Baghdad” (Georgia Straight). Of the super group’s gorgeous 2015 CD Her Eyes Illuminate, the Vancouver Sun’s Stuart Derdeyn says, “This is one of the best releases of its kind to ever come out of Vancouver’s culture-blending music scene.”

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 GORDON GRDINA & HARAM