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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Zarbi
  2. Daramad, Chakavak, Neydavud
  3. Bavi
  4. Bidad, Tarz, Leyli-O Majnun
  5. Raz-o Niaz
  6. Nafir-o Farang, Nowruz-e Saba, Nowruz-e Khara, 'ashiran, Bakhtiari
  7. Reng-e Farah, Reng-e Homayun
  8. Pishdaramad, Daramad
  9. Chupani, Sarang
  10. Zarbi
  11. Deylaman, Sarang
  12. Reng-e Dashti
  13. Pishdaramad
  14. Daramad
  15. Kharaman
  16. Zabol
  17. Zarbi
  18. Muyeh, Hesar, Mokhalef
  19. Zarbi-e Mokhalef And Mansuri
  20. Zanguleh
  21. Tasnif-e Sareban

Disc: 2

  1. Saghi-Nameh And Soufi-Nameh
  2. Daramad
  3. Chaharmezrab
  4. Neyriz
  5. Pish Zangouleh And Neyriz
  6. Zangouleh And Tasnif Mahur
  7. Delkash And Chaharmezrab
  8. Afsari And Gharabagh
  9. Tasnif
  10. Zarbi And Song
  11. Owdj And Hint Of Shur
  12. Esfahan
  13. Khodjasteh
  14. Rahavandi
  15. Tasnif Esfahan
  16. Bousalik
  17. Naghmeh And Hint Of Aragh
  18. Pishdaramad Aragh

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Musique traditionnelle iranienne / Hossein 'Omoumi, ney - Majid Khaladj, yomback, daf - Sima Bina, chant - Hossein 'Omoumi, , ney - Majid Derakhshani, târ -Majid Khaladj, tombak

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and fascinating 11 Nov. 2014
By Larry Nelson - Published on
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This is a really wonderful set. Omoumi and the other performers play the music with sensitivity and depth, and the Nimbus recording engineers show equal sensitivity.

The first disc is of flute and drums only. It focuses on how the ney is played, and the notes explain what's going on and how the player adapts to what his instrument can do. The second disc adds voice and more instruments, to make a small ensemble, performing classical Persian poetry. Each performance is unique. The performers choose which parts to play and where to go in the improvisations.

It took me a while to get used to Persian music. I started with the Silk Road Ensemble's east/west blends, and then discovered Ensemble Dastan. Now I find it all not just fascinating, but beautiful.

I recommend this set highly. It's an outstanding introduction to Persian classical music
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The distinction of blurring 6 Sept. 2004
By Nassim Sabba - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I got hold of this album after I was sent a copy of the CD of the latest work of Omoumi and Khaladj, Sarmast (2004), which seems not be available here yet.

It is quite educational to listen to these two works so many years apart. On the other hand I wish to have heard their albums in the proper sequence as this one was a clear foundation for Sarmast. Here we hear these masters at their first collaborative concert. Technically flawless and fluid.

If you plan to get a copy of Sarmast (Trance of Devotion), which I highly recommend, then you should listen to the first disc in this album very intently. Listen to the way in which the two masters fill the space carefully with melody and rhythm with instruments which are expected to do just one or the other.

As you may know, the ney (reed flute) is usually the melodic voice and the tombak (challis drum) is the percussive instrument which sets and carries the rhythm. This stereotype is broken down here. Sometimes Omoumi's ney becomes the base for a melody "suggested" by Khaladj's tombak, as if the suggestion then leads the ney to pick that melody and turn into a new path.

This blurring between the usual voices defined by the ney and the tombak will reach new levels of sophistication in the next collaboration of these two master musicians where the human voice is intertwined as a new layer. Here they introduce something that foreshadows major technical and musical developments which we can now witness in Sarmast.

I regret that at this time I have not listened to the second CD long enough to be able to do a review I would consider worthy of their work. On a vice real level I enjoy Sima Bina's voice and musical understanding. I need some time to fit the whole picture and will update this review accordingly. I wanted to alert fans of Omoumi and Khaladj to the importance of the first CD in this album as a precursor to their latest collaboration.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best 1 Sept. 2005
By Ancient Studies - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The one thing I've learned about Omoumi's style and recordings is that you hear too much forced breath, often giving a dry timbre to the ney; you can hear the air forcefully beeing blown into the instrument. It sounds like when you have hair on your lips and you "poof" it away. I've heard other ney players who avoid that style and the sudden rough sound. And, on this particular album, the "zarbi" sections aren't as fast as one expects them to be. Zarbi of the mode Homayoun is more beautiful when played faster than this. His ney speaks of sorrow and even bitterness. I prefer neys which speak of passion and love.
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