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Lost Songs of the Silk Road
Ghazal
Lost Songs of the Silk Road
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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The word ghazal means a type of Persian (Iranian) poetry and also describes an old style of romantic ballad often sung in India. The classical music traditions of Iran and India both feature complex scales and rhythms that...  more »

      

CD Details

All Artists: Ghazal
Title: Lost Songs of the Silk Road
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Shanachie
Release Date: 9/23/1997
Genres: World Music, Pop
Styles: Middle East, Iran, Islamic, India & Pakistan, India
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 016351649621

Synopsis

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The word ghazal means a type of Persian (Iranian) poetry and also describes an old style of romantic ballad often sung in India. The classical music traditions of Iran and India both feature complex scales and rhythms that demand a lifetime of study. However, they are highly compatible with each other, and combining them allows for fresh insights and deeper pleasures. Shujaat Hussain Kahn is the son of the legendary sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan, and his own command of the multistringed instrument is a wondrous thing. He is joined by Iran's Kayhan Kalhor, a master of the kamancheh, a spiked violin with a woodsy tone, and the setar, a small lute thought to be a prototype of the sitar. The brilliant tabla drummer Swapan Chaudhuri rounds out an all-star trio. Together they make exciting, accessible, richly melodic music that will delight listeners of all tastes and backgrounds. --Christina Roden

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CD Reviews

Seductive and mesmerizing...a welcome escape!
10/16/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I found that this music grows on you with repeated listening. It ebbs and flows, and before you know it you're transported to another time and place, not readily found in today's world. The fusion of Indian and Persian influences works surprisingly well. The vocal is an enchanting complement to the two exotic instruments. Not to be missed!"
Opened my eyes again
11/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This music openned my eyes again. After hearing part of it on Public Radio while driving on the highway, I had to stop in an Indian music store in Chicago to get it."