Notes & Reviews:
Saed Haddad views good music as needing, in addition to many intangible elements, a balance of physical and metaphysical traits. In the former category, he includes beauty, energy, magic, tension and virtuosity. In the latter category rest elusive concepts: the existential, the intellectual, the transcendental. The compositions presented on this CD belong to two periods of compositional practices. In the fi rst period (2004-06), Haddad aimed to achieve a synthesis of Arabic and Western music, without the usual Western gimmicks, i.e. tourism, exoticism or even “abstraction.” His goal was true existential and transcendental integration, not a juxtaposition or imposition of one tradition on the other. In the latter period (2007-), the ever-questioning composer has been distancing himself from a direct, existential contact with Arabic culture.