Ahead of a truly unmissable audio-visual experience at The Kazimer next Monday, Getintothis’ Paul Higham has the low down on Jerusalem In My Heart ahead of their Liverpool visit.
On Monday, The Kazimier plays host to an ultra-rare performance by Jerusalem In My Heart (JIMH) – the audio-visual project of Lebanese national and Canadian resident Radwan Ghazi Moumneh.
Moumneh is notable for his tireless work as a producer and engineer as well as being active in the underground experimental music scene in his native Lebanon, where he spends a few months every year. Although long-favouring the live setting, in 2012 JIMH released Mo7it Al-Mo7it on Montreal’s Constellation imprint which is also home to Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Last Ex.
Long a fixture of the underground Montreal scene, JIMH have become renowned for their immersive live shows that combine swirling psychedelia, electronic experimentation, and classical Arabic singing to create something highly original and entirely unique as traditional eastern instrumentation is welded to modern production techniques and expansive synths.
Alongside the sonic artistry, JIMH’s music is accompanied by visual displays that, as well as augmenting the astonishing sounds by adding meaning and understanding to the artistic vision, explore the interrelationship between music and other art forms. In a typical JIMH show (if there is such a thing) Montreal filmmaker Charles-André Coderre projects hand-made visuals using 16mm film and 35mm slides on multiple screen installations that will vary according to the venue.
It is said that no two JIMH shows are ever the same which makes Monday night’s performance (October 20) a not-to-be-missed one-off.
Support on the night will come from local tape-experimentalists In Atoms who specialise in using found sounds to create doom-laden and unsettling soundscapes. They have just played a special two hour performance at FACT so are clearly a group on the rise.