Catalog no. Kereshmeh Records KCD-105
Improvizations in Dastgah Nava
Setar by Hossein Alizadeh
Tombak by Madjid Khaladj
Cover Design by Farshid Mesghali
Cover Photography by Reza Deghati
"... absolutely inspiring...."
(Cliff Furnald, CMJ)
"... highly charged and invigorating..."
(Todd Michel McComb)
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Excerpts from the liner notes of the CD:
"The rhythmical patterns, just like the dastgahs in the Radif, are usually categorized by name and not by their time signature. Their complexity cannot simply be put in a time signature. Various elements act as general models for rhythm; for example, the collection of the various cyclical melodies in the Radif. One can create fairly complex patterns by developing these models. Melodies such as Kereshmeh, Hazin, Basteh Negar, and Zange Shotor define certain rhythmical periods and their foundation can be found in our ancient music.
Free improvisation has lost its major role in today's Persian classical music, while it is still rather common in other eastern countries. Although the form of the performance at the J. Paul Getty Museum may differ from that of the common performances in today's Persian classical music, I believe that it is closer to how our ancient music used to be played."
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