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This (mostly) live album from a pair of Iranian sisters is an absolute melodic feast. Sampling the range of music -- from the classical modes of "Saghi Nameh" to the opening lush Kurdish theme of "Mina" -- is a joy, and nowhere more than on "Dorna," where their voices shine, largely unaccompanied, on a more contemporary piece that manages to sound timeless. There are some fascinating little diversions, as when the lullaby "Gole Laleh" morphs into the spiritual "She's Got the Whole World in Her Hands" (note the gender change!) sung softly by guitarist Knut Reiersrud, who also brings a lot to this CD instrumentally. Apart from the lovingly sinuous voices, what impresses most is the rich, loving variety of sensual and exotic melodies filling the disc. It's close to a sensory overload -- but stops short, just at the perfect point.
Performance CreditsMahsa and Marjan Vahdat Primary Artist,Vocals,Daff,Improvisation
Audun Erlien Bass
Knut Reiersrud Guitar,Vocals
Rune Arnesen Percussion,Drums
David Wallumrod Keyboards
Marjan Vahdat Vocals,Daff,Improvisation
Atabak Elyasi Setar
Amir Eslami Ney
Mahsa Vadat Vocals
Technical CreditsAudun Erlien Arranger
Knut Reiersrud Arranger
Alf Christian Hvidsteen Engineer
Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat Arranger,Composer,translation
Marjan Vahdat Arranger,Composer