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Birds Requiem

Dhafer Youssef Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Oct 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,638 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Birds Canticum "Birds Requiem" Suite 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sweet Blasphemy 6:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Blending Souls & Shades (to Shiraz) 9:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Ascetic Mood 5:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Fuga Hirundinum "Birds Requiem" Suite 4:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Khira "Indicium Divinum" Elegy for My Mother 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. 39th Gülay (to Istanbul) 6:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Archaic Feathers "Birds Requiem" Suite 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sevdah (to Jon Hassell) 8:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Ascetic Journey 9:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Whirling Birds Ceremony "Birds Requiem" Suite 4:46£0.99  Buy MP3 

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"...the Tunisian vocalist and oud virtuoso juxtaposes the ancient, mystical, hypnotic music of Islamic Sufism with the textures of electric jazz." Time Out. Birds Requiem has a jazz base and Dhafer Youssef's renowned traditional Sufi-Chants. His new band is one of the most powerful formations and features special guests Nils Petter Molvaer und Eivind Aarset. Dhafer Youssef (born 19. November 1967 in Teboulba, Tunisia) is a composer, singer and oud player.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 6 April 2014
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This is simply one of the most beautiful albums I have ever heard. His voice in and range is amazing. Repeat playings only confirm ones first opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting 1 Dec 2013
By Glenn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I think this might be the most beautiful album of 2013; it is certainly the most beautiful jazz album I have heard this year. Dhafer Youseff plays the oud, though this isn't the predominant instrument throughout the 11 tracks, and the accompanying band, especially Nils Petter Molvaer on trumpet, Husnu Senlendirici on clarinet, and Krisjan Randalu on piano, provide the layers of majestic music that wrap the occasional oud playing in a deeply soothing to soaring journey. The most astonishing and exquisite sound is Youseff's vocal, a sonic falsetto that mesmerises to absolute aural contentment. I don't know if it is supported in any way, or wholly natural, but what I do know is it is sublime. When the clarinet and voice combine at their beautifully piercing pitch, it is aurally uplifting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 24 Nov 2013
By NedK
Format:Audio CD
"Birds Requiem" is, sort of, a return of Dhafer Youssef to his musical roots. That is, the feeling of the music is somewhat as his earliest work, bit it feels new nonetheless. The music is full of emotions and it feels stripped down; there are not too many electronics or effects, which is no loss, because the music is very much alive. Lastly, Youssef's voice is still strong and can cope with the high notes, despite the fact that he is not a young man anymore. "Birds Requiem" is an impressive piece of work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 22 Nov 2013
By Sys
Format:Audio CD
Very good and Wonderful music. I can't stop listening to this Audio CD. Dhafer youssef is a great sound. Come to Sweden Dhafer it will be nice to listen to this new album Live!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Magic! 28 Nov 2013
By Onimok - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I had been searching for something new in music for a very long time. Totally disenchanted with everything I was reading about in the music magazines, nothing I was listening to was exciting, innovative or moved me emotionally or spiritually. Then quite by accident I discovered Eivind Aarset, the innovative gifted Norwegian guitarist. This one artist then led me to find a whole new world of incredible music and musicians. These include Dhafer Youssef, Jon Hassell, Arve Henriksen, Bugge Wesseltoft, Nils Petter Movaer, Jan Bang and the list goes on.

The New Jazz movement coming from Northern Europe is simply astounding and one that the western world needs to find out about. I now own all of Eivind and Dhafer's CDs. The collaborative works of Dhafer and Eivind have sparked a new joy in listening to music that I haven't felt for years. This is a partnership made in heaven, and it was destined that their paths cross. Their cultural diversity, virtuosity and individual influences creates music that is breathtaking, ethereal and unique. It is hard to describe this music which is complex, combines ultra-modern and traditional recording techniques and yet is organic and full of groove and feeling. Something sadly lacking in most of the fusion styles I once listened to. Dhafer loves odd meters, yet somehow they swing so you don't even realise it's in 13/8 or some combination of wonderfully wacky time signatures. This is not something that is planned just to be clever, it is just the way the music is. He is simply the conduit who is bringing this music to life. The musicians on this album bring all their collective talent and energy to the mix, clarinetist Husnu Senlendirici and Aytac Dogan on kanun in particular. Credit is also to be given to Lars Nilsson responsible for capturing it all in the recording process. Dhafer's Oud playing is simply phenominal as are all the performances on this album and any of his other works.

Birds Requiem is the ultimate in combining Eastern and Western styles. It should be listened to as a complete piece of music in one sitting, preferably in the dark with good headphones! It will take you on an incredible magical journey through time and space, moods, styles and emotions. As someone brought up in western culture listening to rock, jazz and fusion styles it can take a while to really appreciate all the subtleties and musical elements this music has to offer and will require that you participate as listener. This is one of the most amazing pieces of music you will ever hear.

An absolute masterpiece!
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4.0 out of 5 stars great record for open-eared music lovers, who might be in a rut 1 Feb 2014
By J.T. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Loving this album...but wont even attempt to write a critique after John Comino's review. And he's said everything I could want to say and more. How great is that ? I'm a lifelong music fan, and have read a million reviews. That may well be the best I've ever come across, really concise and descriptive. ....Oh - The Youssef album is quite good, as well. -Mr. Comino, I immediately went to read your other reviews, only this one?! If you please Sir; when you can write that well (and are an obvious serious music lover) you need to write more reviews.
3.0 out of 5 stars Music that soars 18 April 2014
By James Lamperetta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
“Birds Requiem” by Tunisian oud master Dhafer Youssef is a suite of eleven interconnected compositions anchored by the four-part “Birds Requiem Suite,” Described as being, “Constructed as music for an imagined movie,” the disc as a whole has an epic sweep to it, languishing in its own grandeur while also reveling in surprises awaiting around the next corner This isn’t the music for the Fast and Furious, instead it would gamely accompany a big money production whose story arc is evoked and reinforced by music that fails to stay in the background.
An effortless blend of world music, new age, jazz, and classical, there is a lot here to enjoy, be it as background music or a CD that you put on to give your focused listening attention to.
“Hhira (Elegy for my mother)” is a stand out track as Youssef’s mournful vocals take flight over Nisl-Petter Molvaer’s trumpet.
“39th Gulay (to Istanbul)” finds Youssef and clarinetist Husnu Senlendirici traveling lockstep over a backdrop of crunchy power chords and high energy. Flashes of Pink Floyd on amphetamines. With the energy turned up a notch, pianist Kristjan Randalu is afforded and opportunity to spotlight his jazz chops as cymbals crash and the bass pulses.
The four-part Suite is interspersed through the disc as the opening and closing tunes as well as tracks number five and eight. Today’s technology allows one to easily group the four tracks into one, however, they are wisely placed, residing as respites of a sort along Youssef”s musical odyssey.
Youssef’s voice is otherworldly as it soars, literally, like a bird high above the music. I initially found it to be an acquired taste and it may not be to everyone’s liking.
Overall a very worthwhile addition to Youssef’s growing discography, I continue to find ‘03’s “Digital Prophecy” to be my personal favorite of the few titles that I have by him.
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