Mor Karbasi releases her first album since 2013 with special Guests Richard Bona, Kai Eckhardt and The Tomatito Family
Ojos De Novia (Eyes of the Bride) is a 13 track album of all new songs with a strong Berber influence. Mor’s Moroccan, Persian and Moorish descent come to the fore in a set of songs about love and tragedy, set in her rich Sephardi family background
Universal recording star Richard Bona brings a remarkable performance to “Hayken Juar” while long time collaborator Kai Eckhardt, a previous Mclaughlin Trio stalwart, lends his distinctive sound to both “Ijdijen” and title + video track “Ojos De Novia”. The Tomatito family jointly contribute a deep flamenco feeling to Susona with an amazing solo from Jose Israel Torres.
Mor’s voice is of course centre stage, once more bringing the qualities that Robin Denselow called “ remarkable -mixing delicacy, power and control as she moves between rousing, harsh-edged songs and the spine-tingling subtlety of a quieter piece” The Guardian.
But now, we find a more mature Karbasi, recalling her thrilling debut “The Beauty and the Sea” with her multi instrumentalist and arranger wunderkind partner -Joe Taylor, who brings Guitar, Trumpet, Saz and Toy Piano to embellish the performances of songs that hail from her Jewish roots in Morocco, Spain and Persia with the continuing involvement of Shoshana Karbasi’s lyrical skills.