BBC Radio 3 Freeness: Middle Eastern Poetry

Interweaving words and harmonies come together in a poetic exploration of womanhood, as Corey Mwamba presents an exclusive piece from London-based vocalist and composer Alya Al-Sultani.

Putting the words of Iraqi feminist poet Nazik Al-Malaika to music, Al-Sultani draws on her formative experiences of immigration and Iraqi folk songs to create a multi-layered vocal soundscape.

Elsewhere in the show, a lo-fi groove from Steve Beresford, newly re-released after a very limited original run in 2003, and electroacoustic improvisation from Lynn Cassiers and Alexandra Grimal.

Produced by Rebecca Gaskell
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3

1 Steve Beresford – Joey-ID 10

2 Alya Al-Sultani – Three Ages of Woman / Mother

3 Lori Goldston & Jordan O’Jordan – Lowlands

4 Arthur King – An Sgurr

5 Evan Parker Quartet – The Alchemy Of John Edwards

6 Ken Vandermark’s Sound in Action Trio – One More Once

7 Lynn Cassiers & Alexandra Grimal – At the Far Far End of Our Jolly Spare Time

8 Satoko Fujii – Invisible

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