From Pakistan, Sudan and Canada, with a 20-year residency in South Africa, the members of this trio share an astonishing breadth of musical and cultural experience. Classically trained sitarist Anwar Khurshid brings melodic, dynamic and timbral nuances to every phrase. On “Layover in Madrid,” he coaxes delicate expressiveness out of single notes. Matching him in quality and depth of musicality, Electronic Valve Instrument (EVI) master Bruce Cassidy trades phrases and sections with Khurshid, arching melodies, throaty, low-voiced motifs and subtleties abounding. Recorded live, Journeys has moments of trembling intimacy, as when multi-instrumentalist (percussion/bass) Waleed Abdulhamid raises his rich voice to sing an impassioned “Donia (Life).” There are fiery interchanges throughout the entirely improvised nine tracks. “Party at the Casbah” gets seriously intense, with quicksilver back-and-forth phrases and rhythmic patterns handed out. Given the non-traditional traditional nature of this collaboration, the trio can’t fall back on long-established practices, so there are occasional moments of tentativeness. The vibe here is of joyous group music making. Taking a musical journey with One World Trio just feels good.
Glen Hall review Exclaim.ca
“You are really on to something here – blending your sounds with sitar and percussion is awesome. I will recommend you to anyone looking for something special.”
Jaymz Bee, On-Air Producer and Host – JAZZ.FM91
One World Trio’s album Journeys is an extraordinary work of other-worldly music spun by extraordinary musicians.
Waleed Abdulhamid’s steady, loping brush work or sonorous bass establishes the pace of a desert caravan.
Anwar Kurshid’s golden thread of sitar weaves through the music in an ever wending line across the elusive landscape.
Bruce Cassidy’s electronic valve instrument (EVI), a kind of synthesiser-as-trumpet, constructs a sheltering sky for the plangent music this discursive trio patiently builds.
Just when the surprises no longer surprise, Waleed Abdulhamid’s warbling voice will flutter pitch-perfect as a swallow above the minarets of the caravanserai of music.
Be dazzled on your journey across the shifting sands charted by this magical, mystical trio!
Adam Gutteridge – Toronto Star