From the press release: " I am from there. I am from here. I am not there. I am not here." So wrote Palestinian powet Mahmoud Darwish, a guiding inspiration for Russian-born saxophonist Lena Bloch and her quartet Feathery as they release their stunning new album of original music, Rose of Lifta.
"Against all odds the rose will continue to climb" - Iman Annab
Liner notes by Brian Morton.
With gratitude and admiration to Iman Annab, Nawal Annab, Sandra Watfa, Rima Najjar.
Special thanks to Russ, Cameron and billy, to Paul Wickliffe for his sound artistry and to Jordi Pujol of Fresh Sound for his deep dedication to music.
Recorded June 12, 2019 at Charlestown Road Studios, Hampton, NJ, USA
Mixed and mastered at Skyline Productions, Warren, NJ USA
Engineering, Mixing & Mastering - Paul Wickliffe
Front cover image - "Refugees" by Sandra Watfa, charcol/mixed
Photographs of Liftawi climbing rose by Nawal Annab
Lena Bloch's compositions courtesy of Lena Bloch Publishing, BMI
Russ Lossings's compositions courtesy of Woodworth Edition Music, BMI