"Inner Rhyme" - Debut Album with Sarafand (In a Circle Records, 2019)

Violinist and composer Layale Chaker's debut album Inner Rhyme is woven as a suite that explores aesthetics of Arabic poetry. Composed between Beirut, Paris and London over the past two years and recorded in New York over the summer of 2018, the album unveils musical threads that are mapped through the rhythmical cycles of the twelve classical Arabic poetic meters, the fluidity of oral and free forms, the abstraction of language into the physical contour of verses and the percussive potential of words.
Beyond expression, the composition process tries to capture the shape and essence of epic testimonials on life, death, war and love that make the heart of Arabic poetry.  

"Inner Rhyme" was awarded the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture 2018 Grant.  

Album Credits :
Jake Charkey, cello - Phillip Golub, piano - Nick Dunston, bass - Adam Maalouf, percussion. 

Recorded at The Rift Studio, Brooklyn, New York 
Recording & Producing : Radwan Ghazi Moumneh 
Mixing : Radwan Ghazi Moumneh at Hotel2Tango, Montreal 
Mastering : Harris Newman, Grey Market Mastering 
Illustration, visual conception, design : Joseph Kai 

Label : In a Circle Records 

This recording was made possible by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture Grant (AFAC) 2018.