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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/9/2000
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 724384918828
  • Catalog Number: 49188
  • Sales rank: 46,620

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In the Garden of Souls (10:26)
  2. 2 Inamorata (4:50)
  3. 3 Samaya (6:07)
  4. 4 Prayer for Soheil (5:04)
  5. 5 Ceremony of Passage (3:44)
  6. 6 Beyond Despair (1:37)
  7. 7 The Inward Coil (5:11)
  8. 8 Ephémére (Upon the Faded) (6:23)
  9. 9 Lila (5:26)
  10. 10 Unbecome (6:11)
  11. 11 Sevdama (7:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vas Primary Artist, 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
David Tickle Mastering
Azam Ali Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
Greg Ellis Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spectacularly Enchanting

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful beyond words!

    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!

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