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Drawing upon ancient Roman Jewish melodies and incorpo- rating resistance poems by Pasolini and Alfonso Gatto, Dan Kaufman has put together a powerful and touching homage to the Italian Resistance during the period of Nazi occupation after the fall of Mussolini. Using the members of his band Barbez, including the brilliant virtuoso Pamelia Kurstin and guest vocalists Dawn McCarthy and Fiona Templeton, this is a stunning suite of music from the mastermind who brought you Force of Light in 2007.
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A couple of the songs include Resistance poetry recited by Scottish poet Fiona Templeton. The title track is a soaring Resistance anthem, with searing vocals by Dawn McCarthy.
I recommend you either purchase the CD so you can have the liner notes, or check out the notes on the Barbez website...but first, listen to the album all the way through, to get the impact of the music without the full context. Then read about Dan Kaufman's visit to Rome in 2009 to research Roman Jewish music. On my second listen, understanding more about the history and significance of these melodies, I was moved to tears. After that, I wanted to listen a third and fourth time - at this point it is the best album of 2013 in my opinion, and I just want to listen to it all the time. This music touches me deeply. Most highly recommended.