Wednesday, September 28, 2011

CD Review: Sevara Nazarkhan's 'Tortadur'

Sevara Nazarkhan
Sevara Music

Sevara leaves the flashy, pop-oriented flavor of earlier works behind--the original tone of Ne Kechar and Sen. On Tortadur, Sevara returns to the traditional form, incorporating all of the characteristic instruments, including the doira, nay flute, and dutar. There are no drum kits, bass, guitars, or showy electronic adornments. Instead, the music is stripped-down and incredibly inviting. Sevara’s vocals are rather pensive and restrained compared to other artists. The folk music of Munadjat Yulchieva is the most representative Uzbek musician in a similar style. However, Sevara’s music is quieter from a vocal perspective. Nevertheless, Sevara excels in a traditional form without sacrificing integrity or quality. Sevara has matured as a musician and is now in a league all her own. ~ Matthew Forss

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