A Behind The Scenes Exhibition
The Omeara Gallery
6 O'Meara Street, London, SE1 0AB
Junun’s live show – featuring Jonny Greenwood, Shye Ben Tzur and The Rajasthan Express on Nov 4th at The Troxy – will be accompanied by a special exhibition featuring behind-the-scenes images and footage shot during the original scoring sessions for the project.
The Omeara Gallery in London will host the collection of films, prints and photography from Nov 2nd – 8th, exploring the remarkable recording process these collaborators embarked on, composing in situ from Rajasthan for ‘Junun’ – the latest documentary work from Paul Thomas Anderson, the director of The Master and There Will Be Blood.
Three artists collaborated on documenting the Nigel Godrich-produced recording in Rajasthan last year. Over a three-week period Sharona Katan, Ian Patrick and Arne Warmington photographed and filmed the making of the album, showing an intimate and very personal side to the project. The exhibition will screen two short films, portraits of the musicians and light emulsion prints that became the elegant artwork. The exhibition is the first time the work has been shown fully to the public and entry is free to all. There will also be an exclusive launch event on November 2nd from 7-9pm, where the band will play an intimate show to a lucky audience selected randomly from Troxy ticket holders.
November 2nd, 7-9pm
featuring a live performance from the group
Shye Ben Tzur, guitarist Jonny Greenwood, and The Rajasthan Express, a group of Indian musicians release Junun on November 20, 2015. Recorded earlier that year in a makeshift studio inside the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, India, the album was made with Radiohead’s producer Nigel Godrich, who worked with the ensemble to create this two LP/CD album. The album comprises Ben Tzur’s compositions, which feature devotional Sufi qawwal musicians who sing in Urdu as well as in his native Hebrew. The filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, a friend and frequent collaborator of Greenwood, came along to document the recording sessions as well as daily life and the close camaraderie of artistic collaboration. Anderson’s resulting impressionistic film, also entitled Junun, debuted at the New York Film Festival on October 8 and began streaming exclusively on MUBI from October 9, where it was streamed for 30 days.
“When I was in the Negev desert in southern Israel a couple of years ago, I heard a band playing a song using an Arabic violin called a rehab,” Greenwood told London’s Evening Standard. “It was a strange mix of Arabic and traditional Indian music, one that I’d never come across before.” He continued, “The best song, I found out, was written by Shye Ben Tzur, an Israeli musician who had been living in India until this year. I set out to discover more about him… I’m always a little wary of rock bands half-heartedly dabbling in world music – itself a slightly greasy term – but there are exceptions. Damon Albarn is one: his work with musicians in Mali is something he’s clearly fully committed to. And I think Shye Ben Tzur is another.”
"a fine entry point into the rich mystery of Sufi music" - 7/10 Uncut
"It’s quite an extraordinary fusion that sounds perfectly natural." - ★★★ Evening Standard
"from choral qawwali singing to brisk syncopated drumming to blurts of brass — all three disparate elements combine thrillingly" - ★★★★ Financial Times
"brass, harmoniums and estatic vocalising of the local Rajasthan Express musicians overlaid with a subtle patina of electric guitar" - ★★★★ Mojo