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The second of two exhaustive 10-disc volumes of brutalist, experimental free-jazz-noise from Israeli-Swedish artist and leftist activist Dror Feiler, who's spent a lifetime fighting fascism and campaigning for Palestinian liberation, reflecting his philosophy in music and art that constantly challenges perceptions.
'Maavak' means struggle in Hebrew, but it's also the de-facto name of '70s Marxist-Leninist Israeli group the Revolutionary Communist Alliance, who used the word to title its influential anti-colonialist journal. Feiler has been on the front lines of the anti-fascist struggle for decades; his parents were both left-wing activists, and Feiler himself, who was among the first defectors from the Israeli Defense Force, has spoken clearly and constantly about his dedication to resistance. In 2004, he worked alongside his wife on an installation called 'Snow White and the Madness of Truth', which was subsequently vandalized by Israel's then ambassador to Sweden for supposedly glorifying suicide bombers. And this level of expression and condemnation of colonization is deeply embedded in his music. "My music and words should function as a tool kits for an anti-fascist existence," he wrote in 2000. "My music is a strategy and subversion, my compositions and writings should escape even my own intentions; the more unplanned uses that my music and words take on the more it pleases me."
'Music & Noise 1980-2023 Volume 2' is the second of two 10CD sets, released on Feiler's new archival label The Celestial Fire (the name of his first solo album), an iDEAL sublabel. It collects works from across his career, 1980-2023.