Wednesday, December 17, 2008

CD Review: Iran's Dastan Ensemble

Dastan Ensemble
The Endless Ocean
Network Medien

Iran's Dastan Ensemble explores the mystic poetry of Hafiz, Rumi, Attar, and Sayeh. Singer Salar Aghili brings these historic poems to life. He is back by tar, kamanche, barbat, daf, damam, dumbek, and dayereh. This is a classic ensemble of traditional Persian music. It's title, The Endless Ocean, is indicative of the flowing melodies and cascading vocal calisthenics of the singer and instrumental repertoire. For all those interested in Central Asian music, and Persian classical music in particular, this is a high-quality recording for your collection. An attractive booklet includes the story behind the music, musician bios, and song info in German, French, and English translations. ~ Matthew Forss

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