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Sabir Mateen: URDLA XXX

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A longtime resident of New York City since moving from his hometown of Philadelphia, multi-reed artist Sabir Mateen also frequents European venues. In 2008, Mateen recorded a solo midnight performance that celebrated the 30th anniversary of the URDLA engraving workshop in Villeurbanne, France. The resulting album is titled URDLA XXX.

The first sounds heard are perceptibly a distance away from the recording microphone. Mateen rattles a group of percussion bells and vocalizes in an unrecognizable language; perhaps spontaneously, as spontaneously as he begins on the alto clarinet, “Art Dance,” once he has reached the spot where he finally plays.

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