From Damascus to Berlin charts the experience of approaching an unknown destiny. After four months of having been separated from his oud for the first time in his life, Arbaain began to write the songs that now make up this album. The songs reflect the geography of his experience on the move, seeking asylum in Europe and the (re-)negotiation of the meaning of home. Including traditional Damascene songs as well as a new interpretation of Schubert’s Der Leiermann, the album is an archaeology of the many unknowns faced during forced migration and how music and memory create a new understanding of connection to place.
Recording, Mixing and Mastering by Frank Kerestedjian