Azam Ali - Portals of Grace

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Every once in a while, a piece of unexpected beauty comes along. This album by the singer from Vas is just such a thing, mixing Sephardic and Arabic songs with medieval songs from France, Galicia, and beyond. While the idea might sound pretentious, the end product is delicate, heartfelt, and enduring. It could easily have fallen into the new age trap (and the atmospheric keyboard that opens "La Serena" seems to flirt briefly with it), but the playing and singing here are too real and emotional. Nor does it come close to Loreena McKennitt's fake Celtic; this is very carefully researched and thought-out. Ali has a gorgeous voice, the justifiable centerpiece of the record, but partner Greg Ellis offers strong, subtle support and the oud playing of Naser Musa is an eloquent joy throughout. Made for love -- no one is going to call this material wildly commercial -- it's a disc to return to time and again. A joy that manages to be both spiritual and earthy at the same time.

1. Lasse Pour Quoi
2. La Serena
3. Breton Medley
4. O Felix
5. Ben Pode Santa Maria
6. O Quanta Qualia
7. Sackpipslät
8. Aj Ondas
9. A Chantar M'er
10. Inna-I-Malak
11. El Rey De Francia

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Azam Ali - From Night to the Edge of Day

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"Ali makes music seem so effortless, so much so that it's becoming harder and harder to distinguish between her person and the music that she creates. Another beauty from a woman fully deserving of that adjective." -- Derek Beres reviewing From Night To the Edge of Day in The Huffington Post

From Night to the Edge of Day is the latest effort by Persian singer/songwriter Azam Ali who is well known for her work with Niyaz and Vas as well as a solo artist. From Night to the Edge of Day is a collection of Turkish lullabies some of which were written specifically for Azama and her son. The music is exquisite with its gentle acoustic melodies and Azam's hynoptic vocals. The music has a nice calming effect on me after a long day at the office

1. Noor (The Light In My Eyes)
2. Dandini
3. Nami Nami
4. Neni Desem
5. Shrin
6. Mehman (The Guest)
7. Faith
8. Tenderness
9. Lai Lai
10. Faith (Reprise)

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Jardin de Al-Andalus

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Eduardo Paniagua, Wafir Sheik, Jamila Ghalmi, Luis Delgado ‎–
Jardín De Al-Andalus.
Música Arabigo-Andaluza De La Sevilla Medieval

01. Las Noches Del Encuentro 4:01
02. Consoladme 2:40
03. ¡Consoladme Niñas Al Alba! 5:01
04. El Nacimiento Del Profeta 6:28
05. Beyati 2:09
06. Bashraf Samaï Asba'ayn 6:01
07. ¡Eh Chicas! Mi Corazón Emocionado Y Dolorido 6:20
08. Traje Verde De Washy 2:55
09. Me Visitó Mi Amado 5:40
10. La Chica Soltera 2:44
11. Bashraf Samaï Síka 6:33
12. El Alba 2:46
13. Nana Andalusí 2:57
14. Despedidme 2:47

Composed By – Malúf* (tracks: 6, 11), Traditional (tracks: 1 to 5, 8, 10, 13, 14), Unknown Artist (tracks: 7, 9, 12)
Ensemble – Música Antigua - Eduardo Paniagua*
Laúd, Viola, Goblet Drum [Darbuga], Tar (Drum) – Wafir Sheik
Ney, Flute, Bendir, Pandeiro, Tar (Drum), Gong, Cymbal – Eduardo Paniagua
Percussion [Cantaro], Percussion [Naqarat], Goblet Drum [Darbuga], Pandeiro, Tar (Drum) – Luis Delgado
Vocals – Jamíla Ghalmí

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Ecstacy

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When Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan died at 49 in 1997 of renal failure, music lovers the world over mourned his untimely passing. The rotund, merry-faced Pakistani tenor had brought the joyous sound of qawwali, a Sufi (Islamic mystic) devotional tradition, intact and unadulterated to international audiences. Khan was descended from six generations of qawwals and, like his predecessors, he applied memorized religious texts and poems to intricate, improvised musical themes. Flanked by his party (accompanying musicians) on harmonium, hand claps, backup vocals, and tabla drums, Khan's exquisite, preternaturally flexible voice turned repetitive phrases and even nonsense syllables into trance-inducing incantations and audiences into dancing, raving, sobbing ecstatics. Even more astonishing, he could praise Allah while working with Western styles and musicians without losing an iota of his power or integrity. His bhangra-flavored experiments with Bally Sagoo are legendary, as are his collaborations with Michael Brook (Night Song), Peter Gabriel (Passion, the soundtrack for Last Temptation of Christ), and Eddie Vedder ("Long Road" from the Dead Man Walking soundtrack). His output was enormous; tapes of literally hundreds of his concerts are still in circulation. A mid-priced collection of traditional live tracks, Ecstasy is a good place to begin an exploration of his legacy. It features five long and fairly representative pieces, all of which display Khan's effortless technical aplomb and jubilant energy. Jameela Siddiqi, who produced the compilation, hosted the BBC's radio series Songs of the Sufi Mystics, which included Khan's last interview with a British journalist. Siddiqi also contributed to the Rough Guide to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and wrote the excellent liner notes.

1. Ecstacy
2. By The Candle Light
3. Magic Touch
4. Heart Of Gold
5. Love Comes At Home
6. Jewel
7. Prayer To Allah
8. Star Crossed

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Trio Chemirani - Qalam Kar

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The trio Chemirani brought the zarb drum to the forefront of contemporary Persian classical music.
Djamchid Chemirani is considered to be one of masters Teherani's most gifted sutdents. When he moved to paris in 1961, he became the most active advocate for the Zarb outisde of Iran. Djmachid students are no other than his two sons, Keyvan and Bijan, two percussionists who have been in high demand for several years now. And so the Chemiranis trio was born in 1988, like nothing ever seen in the West.

(01). Geisha Djan
(02). Chabnam ya tainz (Rosee du Martin)
(03). Le Retour de Molla Nasr'din
(04). Agar tche (Quoi Que)
(05). Qalam Kar
(06). Tom! Bac! and stay
(07). Komak
(08). Reng e Zamburak (danse de la guimbarde)
(09). Goftegou (Conversation)
(10). Bibi Khan
(11). Gerefte (Pris)
(12). Djam Djan
(13). Vaade Kardi (Tu as Promis)

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Crete: Psarantonis and Ensemble (Son of Psiloritis)

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Psarantonis and Ensemble (Georgis Xylouris on 12-stringed laouto and Achilleas Perisides on the 8-stringed lauoto) create a dazzling interpretation of Cretan music. Each note reminds the listener of the ancient music of Byzantium. The pentatonic scale and unique harmonics hold the listener spell-bound and transfixed as if suspended in time. Most spectacular is the lyra which occasionally sounds soft, sometimes strong and loud as it crescendos and decrescendos with different playing techniques. At times the lyra almost sings each note, other times the instrument whispers or explodes with exuberance and energy. There are trills, vibratos and pizzicato variations. This whole CD is a unique extravaganza of creativity and technical expertise. It is a joy to hear. Psarantonis voice is clear, crisp and sensual. He can also sound raw and earthy with a hint of the untamed, just like the Psiloritis mountains in Crete. Keep in mind, when ordering this CD from amazon.com it is a "special order". This means it might take longer than usual to arrive. However, it is well worth the wait. Erika Borsos

"Psarantonis represents the higher gate of the Orphic secret scale, despite the fact that, according to all meaningless and insignificant modern "lyrical poets" whose labour is centred on the trivial and superficial embellishment of a cheap reproduction of the past, his scale is rather limited. Psarantonis' superb poetic value will henceforth deprive them of any chance of survival for the sake of posterity" by Yiannis Spyropoulos. "Once you meet a cretan lad you're overwhelmed by joy,lass, you wish it not and yet you smile without knowing why". MY gongratulations to Amazon.com for adding this superb record in the lists...And my gontratulation to who ever buy this one and others records of Psarantonis... And I suggest to all to come and visit Crete to saw him performing live in Crete Island, its fantastic

For those who are familiar both with the American music and the music from the wonderfull Mediterranean island of Crete the parallelism of Psarantonis and Bob Dylan is unavoidable. While deeply traditional, Psarantonis improvizes like nobody else. He is the brother of Nikos Xilouris (also called Psaronikos), the "nightingale of contemporary Greek music" who died of cancer at a young age. Psarantonis though has his own UNIQUE style, he is different both from his brother and from any other Cretan musician. This record of his adds to Psarantonis' fame as one of the most important modern traditional eastern Mediterranean musicians. This record is a "MUST" for all afficionados of this type of music. Congratulations to Amazon.com for including this record in its collection. Very enthousiastically, I recommend it to everyone!!!
Nikos Lassithiotis, Ph.D.

01. Petres peto tou fengariou (Throwing Stones at the Moon)

02. Ta koulourakia (The Tresses)

03. Agrimia ki agrimakia mou (Wild Mountain Goats)

04. Mikro kopelidaki mou (My Sweetheart)

05. Ene pouli icha sto klouvi (My Bird Has Fled His Cage): Ena pouli icha sto klouvi (My Bird Has Fled His Cage)

06. Mia perdika (A Partridge)

07. Syrtos

08. Mana poly malonis me (Mother, Stop Picking on Me)

09. Oso varoun ta sidera (Heavier than Iron)

10. Is ta Chania ein' ena nero (The Fountain of Chania)

11. Erotokritos

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Sufi Music of Turkey

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Sufi Music of Turkey
Kudsi Erguner & Suleyman Erguner
This is a powerful recording of Middle Eastern music. Kudsi plays nay with Mahmoud Tabrizi Zadeh adding the scintillating sounds of the santur (a type of hammer dulcimer) and the sensual melodies of the kemantche (a bowed string instrument). Bruno Caillat also plays zarb and tabla.

1. Tales From The Ney
2. Semai
3. Zikr
4. Prelude of Ceremony
5. Voyager
6. Balade
7. Aksak Semai
8. Wordless Prayer

Ney – Suleyman Erguner
Ney, Percussion [Frame Drum] – Kudsi Erguner
Ole Henrik Moe - Tre Persefone violin

Recorded at Ztudio Zerkall, Germany, July 1990

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