Monday, March 09, 2009

Ali Akbar Moradi - Kurdaneh

"Ali Akbar Moradi is a living legend. He plays the Kurdish lute called the tanbur, an ancient instrument that is likely the ancestor of most long-necked, plucked stringed instruments. The tanbur has always been considered a sacred instrument associated primarily with the Kurdish Sufi music of Western Iran. It is believed that its repertoire is based on ancient Persian music. Moradi has a unique style that sets him apart from other tanbur players. He's also a leading composer and teacher of the sacred Kurdish music of Iran. Moradi has won many awards including two honorary diplomas at major music festivals in Iran. Moradi has performed as a soloist and with ensembles in festivals throughout the world."
"Composed and arranged by Ali-Akbar Moradi
Vocals by Parvin Namazi

Ali-Akbar Moradi: Setar, Bass Tar, Dohol
Behzad Frouhari: Ney
Ardeshir Fahimi: Tombak
Ahamd Khak-teenat: Daf

Compared to other types of Kurdish music (such as Houreh, Houraman, Siahchamaneh, or the Kurdish tanbur music based on the maqams), this work is unique in its affinity with urban Persian traditional music which is based on the Radif. Throughout this work, Aliakbar Moradi has incorporated Kurdish melodies from different regions of Kurdistan and has utilized a variety of Kurdish dialects to be used for the poems. All the pieces in Kurdaneh are in Segah (one of the dastgahs of the Radif). The conscious use of the nuances and the form of Kurdish music in this work within the framework of the Radif is of special significance. In essence, Kurdaneh is a Kurdish interpretation of dastgah Segah."
This is lovely music all around, with a classic but not dated sound. Pristine production, highly recommended...

Ali Akbar Moradi - Kurdaneh