James Joyce album: Sad Songs About The End Of Love

by Avital Raz

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    Sad Songs About the End of Love started out one late summer night in Jerusalem, after
    Avital Raz's marriage plans were abruptly cancelled. The first Joyce poem she tackled was
    number 28, which starts with the line "Gentle lady do not sing Sad songs about the end of
    love...." Being a rebellious one, she did.
    A few weeks later she returned to India, where she spent six years studying the ancient art of
    Dhrupad singing. Over the next two years, she became obsessed with the poem cycle of Chamber Music. In her words: "The poems came to be my guide and map to the subtleties of gradually uniting with another human being, and then plunging into utter loneliness, disbelief and desolation, while throughout all this the entire universe seems to echo the heart’s most hidden longings."
    This album was recorded twelve years ago in Varanasi (Benares) and Delhi, and later in Israel.
    However, when Avital sent her newly recorded album to the Joyce estate, in the person of his
    grandson Stephen Joyce, she received back a letter saying that the connection between Joyce's poems and Indian instruments and raags was 'inappropriate' and that her use of the poems, still under copyright, was forbidden.
    Indian classical raags are particular to times of day and to the seasons of the year. The artists
    attempt to portray a certain instant: the moment a bird takes flight at night; a king leaving for battle as his queen watches from her tower; the first rain..... They delve deeper and deeper into a single, at times very transient, emotion in order to reveal the truth at its core. In Avital's opinion Joyce's short poems did just that as well and therefore, despite being shot down by a closed-minded gatekeeper, she persevered. Twelve years (and five albums) later, with Joyce’s work now out of copyright, she is finally releasing this, her first recorded album.

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Sad Songs About The End Of Love was recorded in 2004 in India and in Israel. The songs are based on James Joyce's Chamber Music poem cycle.
Till this year, Joyce's work was under copyright and his estate would not allow this music to be released.


released February 12, 2016

James Joyce- words
Avital Raz -music
Itzik Yona and Avital Raz- production
David Martin- cover art
Eyal Faran- recording and mixing
Ram Czudnowski- mastering

Itzik Yona- guitars
Hemad Kamal- sarangi
Sasha Shlain- keyboards
David Martin- vocals
Avi Agababa- percussion
E. T. Doolin- bass guitar
Ronen Tat- bass guitar
Yosef Halachmi- drums
Ali Abas- shenai
Ari Gorali- piano
Eyal Faran- tibetan bowl



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Avital Raz is a vocal artist who travels across many genres.
Her songs may resemble old English lute songs, Indian Classical Ragas, Cabaret, Blues or Eastern-European Jewish melodies. A multi-cultured get-together of many strange characters, all rolled up into one quirky singer- songwriter. ... more

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