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As Night Falls on the Silk Road
Ghazal
As Night Falls on the Silk Road
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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This is the second release to feature the exceptional collaboration between Persian and Indian musical masters and it is every bit as good. Kayhan Kalhor is a consummate player of the kamancheh (Persian spike fiddle). In K...  more »

      
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All Artists: Ghazal
Title: As Night Falls on the Silk Road
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Shanachie
Original Release Date: 9/15/1998
Release Date: 9/15/1998
Genres: World Music, Pop
Styles: Middle East, Iran, Islamic, India & Pakistan, India
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 016351661128, 669910072059

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This is the second release to feature the exceptional collaboration between Persian and Indian musical masters and it is every bit as good. Kayhan Kalhor is a consummate player of the kamancheh (Persian spike fiddle). In Kalhor's hands this instrument has a range of expression from gentle melancholy to fiery passion. Shujaat Hussain Khan is the masterful sitarist of this musical meeting. His pure tone and technique create watery cascades of notes, and at other times, eruptions of bright sparks of sound. Swapan Chaudhuri, tabla virtuoso, provides the rhythmic foundation and deft percussive ornamentation. The four long pieces on this title are rich treasure troves of classical technique and dazzling improvisation. The marvelous interplay between the bowed kamancheh, the plucked sitar, the struck tabla, and the warm vocals, exemplify not only the meeting of the remarkable minds of the musicians, but also the joining of two rich musical traditions finding harmonious common ground. --Jeff Grubb

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Erika Borsos | Gulf Coast of FL, USA | 07/29/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ghazal has produced a timeless combination of music that is like
vipassana meditation which recognizes the divinity in all of life. The sitar, kamanche, and tabla are for the most part the only instruments. As the mind listens to each instrument, interplay, and create harmonies, an ecstatasy of enchantment arises and creates waves of bliss ... this bliss lasts for hours after listening. If opening your chakras means anything to you, this CD will do it: your heart will expand wider & wider into a state of love for *ALL* of life. You will realize existence is precious. I agree with former reviewers: "Snowy Mountain" is my favorite. The music resonates with my very being and makes me very happy. This music is similar to Sufi mediatation music --- it is probably the closest thing to a mystical experience some of us will ever have! Don't hesitate ... BUY IT! Erika Borsos (erikab93)"
Simply sublime
Richard Mcculloch | 07/25/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Although this is not the last of the three Gazal it seems to draw on elements of the other albums to produce some powerful emotional music. The fourth track is far and away the best. I listen to it and I hear a storyteller inviting his listeners to sit down and hear a sad tale. The story of a lost love unfolds - so sad and riven with emotion. As if by telling the story the pain is eased and some faultering confidence returns. Gradually this confidence is reinforced and builds for the music to finish triumphally leaving me absolutely drained. It is simply and amazing piece of music and my best discovery on Amazon so far."
Powerful music
Richard Mcculloch | 02/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is really a fantastic piece of work, and the amazing thing is, these guys don't rehearse much; it's almost all improvised. The "dialogue" between the kamancheh and sitar is enhanced by the skill of Kayhan Kalhor and Shujaat Husain Khan. And the tabla is perfectly executed by Swapan Chaudhuri. The best of the three Ghazal CDs."