The DubTalk ft. Alexey Kochetkov and Valentina Bellanova

Alexey Kochetkov and Valentina Bellanova came into the studio and graced us with a change of perspective and pace. He plays violin. She plays ney. They are both involved in several projects in Berlin which focus on intertwining the sounds and styles of Middle Eastern music with those of the Western world. Even though we invited them into the studio out of a desire to explore this intersection, we were still blown away by the enchanting aura they coaxed into the dingy walls of the K12 by bowing and blowing their respective instruments. All three of us were held in a trance as they performed their first piece, which extends a full thirteen minutes and makes up the heart of this episode of The Dub Talk. Once we surfaced from said trance, we were full of questions. Everything from timing and key to storytelling and technique were discussed. The Untelevised Crew had begun to...