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Raz Mesinai (aka Badawi) was born in Jerusalem in 1973. His first two decades were spent in frequent transit between Jerusalem and  New York City, where he became immersed in both the worlds of  traditional Sufi, Jewish, and Bedouin music, and the dub / hip-hop  and dance music scenes of the eighties and early nineties in New York City. He eventually became deeply involved in the avant-garde, downtown  music scene of NYC, performing, improvising, and leading his own ensembles on percussion, piano and sampler.

Mesinai's electronic and electro-acoustic music exists at the crossroads of composition, sound design and modern studio production. His acclaimed recordings under the moniker Badawi, and as one half of the seminal duo Sub Dub (with John  Ward), are difficult to classify, but have been called hybrid electronica/dub/percussion/avant-garde compositions. Since 1999, Mesinai has been releasing music under his own name as well, including three releases on John Zorn's "Tzadik" label.

Mesinai has collaborated with many of New York's top musicians, including Eyvind Kang, Mark Dresser, Marc Ribot, Mark Feldman, John Zorn, Shelley Hirsch, Elliott Sharp and Zeena Parkins, among others. His work has been commissioned by the Lincoln Center Festival, the Jerome Foundation and the American Music Center. In  2001, "Soldier of Midian" (ROIR) received an award from the Ars Electronica festival. In 2002, Raz was a featured artist in the "Next, Next Wave" festival of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and opened for Nubian master musician Hamza El Din at Lincoln Center. In 2005, following his developing interest in visual narrative, storytelling and the promotion of Anarchism in music, Mesinai composed his Opera "Myth of Nations", which premiered at The Kitchen in NYC.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.razmesinai.com
 
 
 

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