Songs from a Persian Garden

Songs from a Persian Garden

by Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat


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Songs from a Persian Garden

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2008
Label: Valley
UPC: 0618321521724
catalogNumber: 15217
Rank: 221414

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mahsa 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 Credits

Audun Erlien   Arranger
Knut Reiersrud   Arranger
Alf Christian Hvidsteen   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat   Arranger,Composer,translation
Marjan Vahdat   Arranger,Composer

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