“Significantly more intriguing (and impressive) was Kareem Roustom’s Ramal (also from this year), a 12-minute piece that reflects on the violence in Syria… Roustom defies categorisation. Long-breathed melodies vie with radiant harmonies before a suddenly dark Mussorgskian chord clouds
the sound-picture. The music has a tendency to congeal into near-consonances, without ever emerging properly into the light. The whole experience was consistently fascinating.” Read the full review here.