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Two is an improvised duo between Sasha Elina (Russia) on flute and Tarek Elazhary (Egypt) on oud. Sasha explains the genesis of this unusual musical pairing: “At first, we were asked to improvise together for the video Chris and Alexia were making at the end of the residency. During the period of the residency we didn’t have an opportunity or the right setting to play together with Tarek, so that was our first time ever playing together. It went so well, so smoothly and naturally, that we decided to play and record more music later. Every performance was more of a performance for ourselves, for each other. It was like an endless search for a perfect melodic coincidence — one that is never expected and never planned, but utterly felt. This is the second track we recorded and it represents the core music sensitivity we both have — both together and by ourselves.”


from OneBeat Mixtape 19, released March 17, 2020
Written by Sasha Elina + Tarek Elzhary
Sasha Elina - Flute
Tarek Elzhary - Oud

Recorded by Dylan McKinstry at The Atlantic Center for The Arts
Mixed by Christopher Botta
Mastered by Christopher Botta


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