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DooBeeDooBeeDoo NY CD review – 12/19/2020 by Dawoud Kringle: https://doobeedoobeedoo.info/2020/12/19/cd-review-sosala-nu-world-trashed/
London Jazz News (UK) CD review – 2/15/2021 by Fiona MacTaggart:  https://londonjazznews.com/2021/02/15/sosala-nu-world-trashed/
Lucid Culture/ New York Music Daily CD review – 2/22/2021: https://newyorkmusicdaily.wordpress.com/2021/02/22/sosola/
Jazzwise (UK) CD on-line review (May 2021 edition) by Daniel Spicer

JazzWise review

SoSaLa: Nu World Trashed

SoSaLa is the nom de guerre of Swiss-born Iranian American saxophonist Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi, who counts Ornette Coleman, the Master Musicians of Jajouka and Malian singer Salif Keita among his previous collaborators. Impressive pedigrees aside, on the evidence of this new album, it sounds like he could do with finding himself a band.

Most of the tracks here find his warmly melancholic tone backed by distinctly flimsy electronic beats such as might ooze easily from an iffy beach bar somewhere in the tropics. “Enough Is Enough” attempts to up the urgency with a spoken cameo appearance from philosopher, critic and activist Dr. Cornel West, who delivers an excited if somewhat inscrutable sermon that seems to berate “vampire capitalists” while exhorting musicians to “organise”. West may be a stirring orator but Amiri Baraka he ain’t. SoSaLa finds himself in much more convincing territory on three longer tracks that ditch the electronics in favour of meditative, raga-like atmospherics, blowing a sinuous soprano backed by dobro, bowed Persian kamancheh and Hungarian cimbalom. Now, wouldn’t it be nice if he could get a working group together to explore some of these Codona-like sonorities a little more deeply? Daniel Spicer

Kamyar Arsani

Kamyar Arsani (DC) Joins SoSaLa In the Greenpoint Gallery Show, October 12th

Kamyar ArsaniKamyar Arsani will perform with SoSaLa at the Greenpoint Gallery (NY), October 12th. He will bring his daf and will beat some powerful Sufi rhythms. 

Kamyar Arsani was born in Tehran, Iran. A multi-instrumentalist, Sufi poet, from age 7 he studied Daf (Iranian frame drum) with Master Bijan Kamkar. After mastering the Daf, Kamyar learned Kemancheh (Iranian bowed string instrument) with Master Ardeshir Kamkar and Sohrab Pournazeri. In the midst of the Green Revolution in 2009, Kamyar left Iran and now resides in Washington, DC.

Dawoud Kringle​ reviewed DC’s Kamyar Arsani’s new cassette and digital release: http://www.doobeedoobeedoo.info/2018/09/06/cassette-and-digital-release-by-kamyar-arsani-benjamin-schurr-voices-in-the-dark/