Jerusalem In My Heart is a live A/V project featuring musician Radwan Ghazi Moumneh and filmmaker Charles-André Coderre. Their influences are diverse, stretching across post-punk, psychedelia, and folk recordings from Beirut and Syria.
Sonically, JIMH fold acoustic buzuk and zurna instrumentation into layers of distortion, reverb, and saturated synth work, creating gorgeous atmospheres and poignant melodies. With their third and most recent full-length, Daqa'iq Tudaiq, released earlier this year, JIMH continues to expand the horizons of its profound conceptual and aesthetic engagement with Arabic/Middle-Eastern traditions. The record is comprised of music and visuals; it “[r]eflects a wider motif of duality, and just how brilliantly music can mediate these poles, particularly when it comes to understanding the modernity of the Arab world.” (The Wire)
Moumneh was born to Lebanese parents before spending his early years in Oman, and relocating to Canada after the second Gulf War. Moumneh founded Jerusalem In My Heart as a live project in 2005, and never performed with the same configuration of musicians twice. Eight years passed before the first official Jerusalem In My Heart recording surfaced on Constellation Records. Mo7it Al-Mo7it was described as an effort to "forge a modern experimental Arabic music that weds melismatic singing in classical Arabic modes to electronic compositions with a punk-rock production sensibility." (Forced Exposure)
Coderre is the analogue cinema aficionado, who is also a part of the Double Négatif collective. He began collaborating with Jerusalem In My Heart in 2014. In 2015, JIMH joined forces with Canadian art-punk band Suuns to return to Constellation with If He Dies, If If If If If If. They then followed the record with the eponymous Suuns and Jerusalem in My Heart.