by Nashaz

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    The rest of the artwork is in the "bonus items".
    Also includes bonus track: "Doulab Suzidil"
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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Comes in a beautifully designed eco-friendly digipak. Includes download of bonus track "Doulab Suzidil."

    Includes unlimited streaming of Nashaz via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    One copy of the Nashaz CD, plus a full set of lead sheets for all tunes on the album. You can download the album immediately as well.
    Lead sheets have the basic melody and necessary parts (bass lines, etc.) but are not the full scores of the arrangements with individual parts.

    This is for printed versions. All copies are laser-printed on high-quality paper and come in a nice folder.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Nashaz via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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      $16.50 USD or more 


Hijaz Nashaz 09:33
Khartoum 07:44
Andalus 08:54
City of Sand 06:36
Jurjina 09:32
Al-Ghayb 08:17
Ajam 05:45


The eponymous debut for Nashaz fully realizes the band’s vision of a organic new integration of jazz and Arabic music, with tastes of Sudan, the Balkans, and Central Asia. Featuring 8 original compositions by the band’s leader, oud player Brian Prunka, the album will immediately engage fans of Arabic music, jazz, and masterful oud playing. Trumpeter Kenny Warren makes abundantly clear why he is a rising star in the NY creative jazz scene, his improvisations showing a rare range and depth, exploring a wide variety of tones while always maintaining a beautifully full and warm sound. Prunka’s melodies are intricate yet memorable, don’t be surprised if you can’t stop yourself humming them later.

Review Quotes:

"One of the best new Arabic Jazz CD's I have heard in 10 years" —Ray Rashid, Rashid Music (America's largest distributor of Arabic music since 1934)

"A vibrant fusion of Arabic music and jazz, Nashaz is at times mysterious, at times racing, always fresh and adventurous. Highly recommended." —Midwest Book Review (

"Sounds unlike anything else. . . as listenable as it is engaging. Strong melodies that are both memorable and easy to hum along to . . . will leave the listener wanting more. Highly Recommended." —Dave Sumner, Bird Is the Worm blog (

"Wild, engaging stuff that simply clicks . . . a must" —Midwest Record

"Nashaz has taken up the gauntlet and run with it. Lyrical and poetic . . . there is an authenticity of this music that can only come with an intimate experience of tradition and culture. An impressive accomplishment." Dawoud Kringle, DooBeeDooBeeDoo Online Magazine (

"The music is fascinating . . . excellent throughout." Rick Anderson, CD Hotlist (

"My new go-to disc . . . It's got under my skin!" —Alistair Johnston, Misikifan blog (


released April 22, 2013

Brian Prunka, oud
Kenny Warren, trumpet
Nathan Herrera, alto sax, bass clarinet, alto flute
Apostolos Sideris, bass
George Mel, frame drum, udu drum, cajon, pandeiro, misc. percussion
Vin Scialla, riq

Recorded at Grand Street Recording by Tomek Miernowski
Mixed at Grand Street Recording by Ken Rich and Brian Prunka
Mastered at G & J Audio


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Nashaz Brooklyn, New York

We play all original music featuring oud, percussion, trumpet, saxophone, and bass, finding common ground between Arabic rhythms, jazz improvisation, and melodies inspired by traditional middle-eastern music.

Brian Prunka—Oud
Kenny Warren—Trumpet
Nathan Herrera—Woodwinds
Apostolos Sideris—Bass
George Mel—Percussion
Vin Scialla—Percussion
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