Wednesday, June 1, 2011

CD Review: Loga Ramin Torkian/Khosro Ansari - Mehraab

Loga Ramin Torkian with Khosro Ansari


Iranian-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Loga Ramin Torkian has worked with esteemed groups, such as Niyaz and Axiom of Choice. Loga is joined by a Persian classical singer named Khosro Ansari. Khosro's voice adds a poetic and contemplative effect to some of the tracks, including "Az Pardeh," "Golzare Ashegh," "Chashme Jadu," and "Mehraab." The album's title, Mehraab, means 'shrine' in Persian. In effect, the music is the shrine of freedom from formalities, order, and confined spaces. The music is magnificently mixed by Carmen Rizzo, whom also worked with Mongolia's Huun Huur Tu on Eternal (Electrofone, 2009). Mehraab contains modern arrangements that accentuate the traditional sounds of the local instruments. Instruments as diverse as the rubab, baglama, djura, kamaan, brush, bendir, riq, shaker, darbuka, kik, tepsi, dohol, and santoor are just some of the many instruments. As a whole, the album fluctuates between haunting vocals, light percussion, jaunty strings, and electronic processing that adds a special effect to the music. If Persian, Middle Eastern, or folk music with a modern flair is what you seek, then Mehraab is an excellent choice. ~ Matthew Forss

No comments: