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Mystical Garden
Omar Faruk Tekbilek
Mystical Garden
Genre: World Music
 
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Omar Faruk Tekbilek continues to delight Western listeners with a vast array of Middle Eastern musical traditions. As the follow up to his debut solo recording Whirling, Mystical Garden combines Faruk's musical mastery,...  more »

      
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All Artists: Omar Faruk Tekbilek
Title: Mystical Garden
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Celestial Harmonies
Release Date: 8/6/1996
Genre: World Music
Styles: Middle East, Turkey
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 013711309225

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Album Description
Omar Faruk Tekbilek continues to delight Western listeners with a vast array of Middle Eastern musical traditions. As the follow up to his debut solo recording Whirling, Mystical Garden combines Faruk's musical mastery, composition and mystical influences creating a soulful and emotional musical journey. Mystical Garden (and the self-titled track) is a variation on a theme. It is the reflection of Faruk's inspiration by "the unity of the Mystical life. The garden is an island surrounded by the ocean of sincerity. Everyone with their sincere hearts chanting God's name in their language. In essence, we are the flowers owned by the one and only Gardener." Mystical Garden places more emphasis on Faruk's writing, featuring five original tracks. And there is a greater emphasis on the stellar musicianship of the players. Egyptian Dance demonstrates traditional Egyptian motives, with variations on the rhythm and the scales. Hu Allah continues to tell Faruk's story in the garden, with his soulful voice over a bed of chanting, nature sounds, and orchestration, along with oud, ney, and bendir. As the last track, this piece leaves the listener in a peaceful trance. To compare Faruk to Western musicians, it would be as if one musician was a master of the drums, percussion, guitar, flute, recorder, oboe, and more. Add to this Faruk's mystical influences, and the listener is in for an extraordinary experience.

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CD Reviews

Wonderful all the way through
01/14/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a truly amazing CD: nary a boring or un-original track in the whole bunch. There's a lot of variety, from the raucous "Shaskin" (the zurna, the featured instrument, is typically played at large outdoor events) to the beautiful, flowing "Hasret" (which always compels me to pick up a veil and start improvising), Keane's lovely "Magic of the Evening," and the mystical final piece. The musicians are all terrific -- listen for the kanun player, who's a genius, although I'm also quite taken with the percussion solos. The whole album is highly listenable if you're not a dancer (although I wouldn't call it "background music"; you DO have to pay attention!). And if you're a dancer, don't put it on unless you've got an hour free. My Middle Eastern dance teacher had a party at her studio. We've been learning a choreography to "Shaskin," so we ran through that. Then someone started the CD again from the beginning -- and, the whole 66:19 minutes later, we realized that we were STILL dancing!"
Excellent conveyance of the eastern spirit
08/30/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A most pleasing and soothing collection of musical pieces which captures the sometimes elusive, but sensuous, Islamic aesthetic."
Beautiful, soothing original music
M. Mamedov | 09/18/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Beautiful, soothing music. Track 4, Shashkin, is excellent for belly dancers (beginners, even!). Eastern rhythms combined with not too much new age synthesizers produce absolutely sublime listening music."