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Album: Silent City [Digipak] *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Ascending Bird (after a traditional Persian melody)
2)    Silent City
3)    Parvaz
4)    Beloved, do not let me be discouraged
 

Album: Silent City [Digipak] *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Ascending Bird (after a traditional Persian melody)
2)    Silent City
3)    Parvaz
4)    Beloved, do not let me be discouraged
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Kayhan Kalhor (setar, kamancha); Siamak Aghaei (santur, tombak); Colin Jacobsen , Johnny Gandelsman (violin); Nicholas Cords (viola); Mark Suter (bodhran, djembe, percussion).
  • Audio Mixer: Jody Elff.
  • Liner Note Author: Nicholas Cords.
  • Recording information: Knoop Studios, River Edge, New Jersey; Knoop Studios, River Edge, NJ.
  • Author: Walt Whitman & the Soul Children of Chicago .
  • Photographer: Amber Darragh.
  • Translators: Daniel Ladinsky; Genevi?ve Begou.
  • Arrangers: Siamak Aghaei; Kayhan Kalhor; Colin Jacobsen .
  • Kayhan Kalhor, a virtuoso of a four-stringed Persian fiddle known as the kamancheh, collaborated with New York modernist string quartet, Brooklyn Rider, for SILENT CITY, after the ensemble travelled to his native Iran. This stirring collection finds his evocative leads meshing beautifully with the quartet's orchestrations on a series of movements based on Iranian folktales. A partnership eight years in the making, Kalhor westernizes his traditional playing with classical touches such as pizzicato while Brooklyn Rider likewise synthesizes the intricacies of Kalhor's Persian melodies. The results mesmerize. The title track, an elegy for Halabjah, a Kurdish city razed by Saddam Hussein, is passionate stunner that will haunt listeners long after the record's close.
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Dirty Linen (p.48) - "[T]he centerpiece of the album is a highly improvisational 29-plus-minute piece, 'Silent City'..."
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