[Bi To Be Sar Nemishavad]
Masters of Persian Music
2002: World Village/Harmonia Mundi 13746 80112
Goddamned amazing. Incredible and mesmerizingly beautiful. I was introduced to this by Radio Darvish in June 2008 by way of the final track (which repeats the title many times so that it becomes almost a mantra despite the fervor and range of passion that varies behind it), a song so compelling and hauntingly resonant that I HAD to have it.
The only aspect of this CD that grates is the occasional vocal technique whose name I dont yet know but reminds me of a very fast yodel and its only jarring depending on the context of the moment its heard. Most of the album is almost unbearably tender or passionate, hot with color and tracery.
Most fascinating to me in listening to this (which I can do for hours on end, Ive discovered) is the effect of the father/son vocals provided by the Shajarians: in octaved tandem or in unison theyre so smoothly fused that they seem to be just one instrument like Alizadehs tar or Kalhors kamancheh, with perfect balance and proportion when all three (four) play together, but on the penultimate track when Shajarian fils is shadowing/echoing Shajarian père (or is it the other way around?), its astounding I truly believed it was a digital-delay effect electronically imposed, at first.
Comments © 2008 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.