Out Now for Scree Fans: Mahmoud Darwish Musical Interpretation “Jasmine on a Night in July”

Out Now for Scree Fans: Mahmoud Darwish Musical Interpretation “Jasmine on a Night in July”

The first full-length album by the Brooklyn-based trio Scree was recently released. Arab American musician Ryan El-Solh, who plays guitar and keyboards in the band, composed all the tracks on “Jasmine on a Night in July” except one, which was a joint effort. The nine-song collection takes us through an imaginary night in a jazz fusion style.

The album is the musical interpretation of the work of the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. Said El-Solh, “there was a lot of resonance between the themes in [Darwish’s] poetry — nostalgia, homeland, tragedy — a sense of living within a very broad historical scope that really resonated with what I was hoping to convey in the music I was trying to write.”

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