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Live Reviews:
MSN Music review from Floydfest

"Ashkenaz" Festival, Toronto

CD Reviews:

Evolution of Media
Florida Entertainment Scene
NY Post

Exclaim Magazine
Skratch Magazine
Inside World Music
Splendid Magazine

Splendid Magazine
Brett McCallon
"Many modern musicians can barely be bothered to achieve basic competence on their instruments of choice, so the musician calling herself Raquy stands out from the pack in the best possible way. Not only does she have a total mastery of an array of exotic drums that you and I haven't heard of (Oh, sorry Mr. or Ms. Cool; I should have known that your knowledge of the Zarb was both broad and deep. That's right. I thought so); she has also mastered a host of picked and bowed stringed instruments you and I haven't heard of (let's not do this again). And by mastery, I mean the kind of blazing skill that can so shock and amaze someone who hasn't heard these instruments played before that all future performances by other musicians are in danger of seeming amateurish. 

The rhythms and tones that emerge and coalesce in the opening bars of the Greek dance "Yietierre" are all the more impressive after you read the instrumental credits in the liner notes; while Raquy's collaborator Liron plays several more conventional instruments, Raquy plays four of the aforementioned drums and stringed instruments, somehow making their interplay sound as organic as any live combo's spontaneous collaboration. The music she plays is even more exciting on tracks like "Kurdish", an original composition based on Kurdish folk songs that harnesses a truly rock guitar/bass/drums sound to the service of Raquy's more exotic muse. It's the kind of perfectly balanced endeavor that gives hope for the future of such world/rock combinations -- hope that's hard to find elsewhere. 

Each of these tracks is fantastic in its own way; even relative throwaways like the rhythmically chanted, a capella "Tanan" add valuable texture and variety, making the album a richer experience by their presence. Dust goes from strength to strength, from the distorted bass tones and sinuous melody of "Raquin" to the stunning, epic wall of drums that conclude "Hafla". By the time "Axarai" (think Radiohead Goes to Ankara) fades into the stately drone of closer "Huseyni Saz Samai", you'll be ready to listen to the whole thing all over again. 

Dust is an intriguing, exciting, deeply personal expression of love for the instruments and possibilities of a style of music that we should all know more about."