Founded by Multi-instrumentalist composer Brandon Terzic, Xalam Project boasts and outstanding lineup of Musicians, featuring Matt Kilmer on Percussion (Simon Shaheen, Lauryn Hill, Haale), Matt Darriau on Horns and winds (Paradox Trio, Klezmatics), John Shannon on guitar (Hiromi), and Peter Slavov on bass ( Joe Lavano, Jason Moran). Terzic himself plays the Arabic Oud, Malian Ngoni and Turkish Saz. He has spent time in Senegal, Morocco, and Egypt studying and absorbing their respective traditions, pulling them together to create a rich tapestry of sound which takes the incredible rhythms, tonalities and improvisational systems of these traditions and inflecting them on the bedrock of Blues, Rock, and downtown NYC jazz that the band's members are rooted in.
The Debut Record of Brandon Terzic's Xalam Project features a stunning array of Songs that have taken on the Diverse influences of Terzic and are colored by each member's individual contributions. You can hear the North and West African rhythms and inflections as well the Middle eastern modalities and time cycles but at the same time the music is totally fresh and original. The soloists on the album have strong voices and play extremely lyrical and always within the context of the song. The rhythm section is blistering and powerful, Led by Matt Kilmer and Peter Slavov.
The rhythm section is blistering and powerful, Led by Matt Kilmer and Peter Slavov.