The Passion of Rumi
Catalog no. QuarterTone Productions QTCD-1010


Vocals by Shahram Nazeri
Composition by Hafez Nazeri

The Passion of Rumi


"Shahram Nazeri becomes honorary head of Turkish Rumi research center"
(Tehran Times, December 17, 2007)

"...takes Rumi's poetry to new heights."
(Los Angeles Times, August 16, 2007)

"That harmonious blend is the musical representation of not only Rumi's transcendent themes, but also Hafez Nazeri's hopes for a peaceful future."
(Pasadena Weekly, August 16, 2007)

"Shahram Nazeri's band performs at the tomb of Shams Tabrizi in Khoy"
(Payvand's Iran News, November 3, 2007)

" of the most riveting albums of the year..."
(The Boston Globe, December 18, 2007)

"Shahram's extraordinary singing soars through his improvisations on Rumi poems, accompanied by his son Hafez's stunning blend of Middle Eastern musical structures with the trappings of Western orchestration."
(Los Angeles Times, October 28, 2007)

"Admiration for the courage to translate the powerful complexity of Rumi's words into music."
(Los Angeles Weekly, August 23, 2007)

"[Click Here to listen to the MP3 Broadcast]"
(The World, November 20, 2007)

"LA Times recommends "The Passion of Rumi" for the best Traditional World Music Album for this year's Grammy."
(Los Angeles Times, September 29, 2007)

"The Nazeris have blended Persian music rhythms with the orchestrations of Western music to create a new sound."
(Boston Post-Gazette, November 2, 2007)

"-fast-becoming the new voice of the younger generation of the traditional music of Iran-"
(World Music Central, September 25, 2007)

" ... one of the greatest exports out of Tehran ....."
(, October 2007)

"Shahram [Nazeri] is one of the greatest singers in contemporary Iran..."
(Midwest Record Recap, October 4, 2007)

"Absolutely scintillating."
(Simon Broughton, October 16, 2007)

"...all who listen to Nazeri are given the opportunity to travel the road of musical meditation."
(Richard Marcus, October 18, 2007)

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Passion of Rumi is a celebration of the poetry of Rumi with a new and fresh musical approach, commemorating the international year of Mawlana Jalal ad-Din Balkhi Rumi. This recording is the first work of Shahram Nazeri in collaboration with his son, Hafez Nazeri, the composer of this work. Shahram Nazeri, the most well-known vocalist of Iran, has been a pioneer in incorporating the poetry of Rumi in Persian traditional music. This live recording was made at a historical Festival in Iran with more than 140,000 attendees over 5 days at the Sa'ad Abad Palace in Tehran. Passion of Rumi will attract not only lovers of classical and folk Persian music, and admirers of the phenomenal poetry of Rumi, but also audiences who enjoy innovation and the beautiful harmony that can be created from the combination of different musical traditions and cultures.