In the Garden of Soulsby 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 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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Performance CreditsVas 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 CreditsAzam Ali Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Greg Ellis Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
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Outstanding performance by Vas. Azam Ali the heart of the group has touched me again with her angelic voice. The Garden of Souls is truly inspiring, soulful and soothing.
This CD as with previous works by VAS is a treasure for anyone who loves music with a soul! Azam Ali & Greg Ellis create a work of art/music that touches the soul.All the tracks take the listener to a higher level of feeling!One of my favorite tracks is 'Prayer for Soheil' I highly suggest this CD for any lovers of beautiful art with depth!
In the Garden of Souls by Vas brings you straight to the world of its title- you can see the souls around you, and experience the beauty. It transports you into a different dimension. It is clear that Azam Ali and Greg Ellis are two of the most talented and creative musicians in their field. Ali's voice is hauntingly beautiful, and although it is not in English, you can understand the message simply by the tone. I loved, in particular, Prayer for Soheil and Ephemere (Upon the Faded). Lovely.