Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

Reviewed: Checkpoint 303’s ‘Iqrit Files’

Electronic Intifada, 14th October 2015 Palestinian songs, poetry, history and landscapes provide the starting point for an album which combines them with the much more youthful sounds of drum and … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

New review: music and Palestine

Electronic Intifada, 22nd December 2014 In Beckles Willson’s case, however, a few important points stand out. One is her careful, sophisticated, but nevertheless uncompromising articulation of the deep-seated difference between … Continue reading

December 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Marcel Khalife at the Barbican

Marcel Khalife’s style of big-act, traditional Arabic music performance isn’t particularly my kind of thing, but when I saw he was performing in London I figured that he’s the kind … Continue reading

July 2, 2013 · 2 Comments

Noise vs music

‘You and I have very different tastes in music…‘ observed husband this evening (well spotted, after ten years). It’s a subject I’ve been thinking about a bit lately, though. The … Continue reading

May 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

New article: Trio Joubran collection reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 12th April 2013 The Trio Joubran are perhaps Palestine’s best-known exponents of the oud, a traditional Arabic stringed instrument. Three brothers from a family of musicians and instrument-makers … Continue reading

April 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Intoxicating Rose Garden

One of the joys of being a student is the discounts. Not in noisy pubs, but in Edinburgh’s wide range of music and theatrical venues. As has been observed many … Continue reading

November 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

New article: Khyam Allami interviewed

The Arab Review, 12th June 2012 “Allami – raised in Syria and London, of Iraqi origins – is hard to pin down. His projects range from debut album Resonance/Dissonance (nominated … Continue reading

June 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

UK Immigration vs art, sanity (again)

Disappointed to receive this message this morning, from the wonderful ‘ud player Khyam Allami: Due to some very unfortunate circumstances beyond our control, we’ve had to start the Double Duo … Continue reading

April 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

Michael Nyman at the Brickworks

Artists are supposed to have to suffer for their work, but occasionally audiences have to endure a certain amount of discomfort too. Like today, when viewing composer Michael Nyman’s short … Continue reading

June 10, 2011 · Leave a comment

New article: Musical Storytelling – Reem Kelani interviewed

From Electronic Intifada, 1st October 2010: Watching Reem Kelani perform in front of an ecstatic crowd at Halifax’s “Discover Palestine” festival, one would be forgiven for thinking that this is … Continue reading

October 1, 2010 · Leave a comment

Trio Joubran at Band on the Wall

It’s a small comment on the general wrongness of things when Trio Joubran’s long-awaited appearance in Manchester is a night at Band On The Wall, rather than, say, a packed … Continue reading

September 24, 2010 · 1 Comment