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Small Obstacles

by Zura Zaj

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Exhale 04:11
Landfall 07:30
Eastbound 04:35
Nigh 03:07
Acres 03:12
Atoll 04:49
Tide 01:55
Still 02:17
Ever 01:22
Alight 03:48


Zura Zaj’s journey started ten years ago when three young musicians met in a university orchestra and started tuning their instruments to each other’s tastes and creativity. A Hungarian roommate called it “strange sounds”, or “zura zaj” in the dialect of his home region, and so our name was born. We came together in various living rooms, attics, kitchens, a garden or two, and at times presented our results on stages. Many hours of music were written, improvised, arranged, discarded; a bass player joined and left again; plans were made to record, put on hold and revived, and finally achieved. We moved around, studied, found work, established relationships or ended them; a child was conceived, grew in tune to the album’s recording sessions, and was born during the mixing stages; a marriage will more or less coincide with the release. Small Obstacles is the outcome of a decade of searching and finding, of overcoming and bonding.


released May 8, 2018

Zura Zaj is Lieze Van Herzeele (violin), Jonathan Baltussen (french horn), Gowaart Van Den Bossche (guitars)

All music composed, arranged, and produced by Zura Zaj
Recorded in October 2017 by Geert De Waegeneer at Boma Studio, Gent
Mixed by Jonathan Baltussen
Mastered by Uwe Teichert
Artwork and layout by Justina Česnauskaitė


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