Songs From A Persian Garden

Posted By MiOd On Tuesday, September 17, 2013 Under
Songs From A Persian Garden
Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat
Dirty Linen (p.57) - "The arrangements are modern in style, with a light jazz backing on most with the setar and flute adding the eastern elements. One standout track is 'Dorna,' which features just the two singers trading off vocal lines for almost seven minutes."
Global Rhythm (Publication) (p.54) - "[Their voices] flow with unrivaled grace an sorrow, blending into one intimate harmony."

Resonating with lush instrumentation and the sacred, lyrical richness of Persian poetry, this album represents a very important milestone in contemporary Iranian history. On May 22nd, 2007 the Italian and Norwegian embassies helped Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat plan a musical performance in Tehran, where women are banned from singing solo in public. Taking the stage without veils, the sisters stood together before that audience, bravely wielding the weapon of music against the continued oppression of women. The duo is now performing internationally and continuing to campaign against censorship.

On May 22, 2007 a remarkable concert was held in a Persian garden in Tehran. With the help of both the Italian and Norwegian Embassies, two Iranian sisters, Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat performed without veils and bravely chose to use their music as a weapon against the oppression of women in their country. This concert was recorded and released by Norwegian label, Kirkelig Kulturverksted (KKV), late last year. Songs From a Persian Garden was produced by Erik Hillestad who also put together the critically acclaimed Lullabies From The Axis of Evil.

...If we want to understand what treasures we may find in the fantastic country of Iran, we should listen to the magic and the power given to its music and poetry. The fact that women in this huge country of 70 million people will never stop singing wherever they can and because of the intolerant doctrines and laws, Iranian officials contribute to making their singing one of the most powerful weapons to fight all kinds of reduction of the human rights in their country. --Erik Hillestad

The US version of Songs From A Persian Garden will also include a duet with Mahsa and Melissa Etheridge on Bob Dylan s I Shall Be Released .

Mahsa and Marjan were introduced to the American public on Lullabies... with Sad Sol , a duet with English diva, Sarah Jane Morris and a traditional Iranian Lullaby, Lalala Gohle Laleh .

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.

(01). Mina
(02). Bi Man Maro
(03). Haleili
(04). The Flower of a Paradise Garden
(05). Chahar Pareh
(06). Dorna
(07). Gole Laleh - She's Got the Whole World In Her Hands
(08). Doosh Doosh
(09). Avaze Shoushtari
(10). Saghi Nameh
(11). I Shall Be Released

Personnel: Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat (vocals); Knut Reiersrud (vocals, guitar); Marjan Vahdat, Mahsa Vadat (vocals, daf); Atabak Elyasi (setar); Amir Eslami (ney); David Wallumrod (keyboards); Rune Arnesen (drums, percussion).

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