In the Garden of Souls

In the Garden of Souls

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by Vas
     
 

Float with Vas on the exotic strains of an imaginary language through a prayerful yet sensual Middle Eastern world. Not bound by lyrics, Azam Ali conveys raw emotion with her extraordinarily versatile voice, which can be as enticing as a siren, as sensual as a lover, as mournful as a widow, or as devout as a caller from aSee more details below

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Float with Vas on the exotic strains of an imaginary language through a prayerful yet sensual Middle Eastern world. Not bound by lyrics, Azam Ali conveys raw emotion with her extraordinarily versatile voice, which can be as enticing as a siren, as sensual as a lover, as mournful as a widow, or as devout as a caller from a minaret. Greg Ellis, the other half of Vas, plays keyboards, udu, dumbek, tabla, hammered dulcimer, and a bench full of Middle Eastern percussion instruments. Cameron Stone guests on cello, adding drones and solos that easily match the mournful power of Ali's voice. In the melancholy "Inamorata," Ali's intonations float like a lost soul. A determined march cadence on the frame drum builds to a climax in "Samaya" while sword-like cymbal accents slash off the measures; additional layers of drones, vocals, and percussion join in as the piece accelerates to an intoxicating pace. "Beyond Despair" combines Ali and Ellis's voices in piquant layers with cello drones, while gongs and timpani emphasize the inevitable. Most tracks feature the intertwined dance of voice and cello, but "Ceremony of Passage" is a highly orchestrated percussion powerhouse. In the dark, textured paisley world of this GARDEN OF SOULS, the inner seeker can dance, pray, or be lured into forbidden passages of love.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jim Brenholts
In the Garden of Souls is the third CD from Vas -- Azam Ali and Greg Ellis. Cameron Stone is a guest cellist. This is a grand-scale project. Ali's Farsi vocals tell tales of unknown splendor, triumph, sorrow, and pain. The dark passages and light passages weave throughout the soundscape effortlessly. Ellis is a superb multi-instrumentalist; his percussion surrounds ethereal atmospheres. Stone's cello provides a drone to splay the soundscape. This is consistent with the first two Vas albums. It is an excellent cross-cultural hybrid. It will appeal to fans of Sheila Chandra, Natacha Atlas, and Loreena McKennitt.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/09/2000
Label:
Narada
UPC:
0724384918828
catalogNumber:
49188
Rank:
22009

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vas   Primary Artist
Cameron Stone   Cello
Azam Ali   Vocals,Tanpura,Hammered Dulcimer,Riqq,Frame Drum
Greg Ellis   Dumbek,Conga,Cymbals,Keyboards,Tabla,Bells,Nagara,Udu,Frame Drum,Toms

Technical Credits

Azam Ali   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Greg Ellis   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer

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