by Matt Micucci, Jazziz

“Vocalist/composer Christiane Karam will release Nar, her first album in nine years, on January 28. The record finds her melding Middle Eastern and Balkan aesthetics with contemporary jazz alongside her quartet with pianist Vadim Neselovskyi, cellist Naseem Alatrash, bassist Peter Slavov and percussionist Keita Ogawa. The announcement comes with the release of its lead single, “Beirut,” and its accompanying video, which you can watch via the player below. This album’s centerpiece is dedicated to the historic city of Beirut and the victims of the deadly explosion that took place there last year. ”

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