Friday, December 19, 2008

CD Review: Don't Say 'Nay' For The Ney

Hossein Omoumi
The Song of the Ney [2 CD]

This 2-CD set of Iranian flute music also features vocals, daf, doumbak, and tar. The repertoire explores the dastgah and avaz modal systems. Though, the ney is the wind instrument most commonly heard throughout the Middle East and it is also one of the oldest instruments in the world. Hossein's mastery of the ney showcases the various levels of skill required to perform classical music in a traditional context. The talented expertise of Hossein and his accompaniment on disc two, solidifies the incredible breadth of intensive study in Iranian classical music. Consequently, listeners of classical music, Middle East/Central Asian music, and North African specialists will relish the hauntingly beautiful sounds of the ney. ~ Matthew Forss

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