sounds of Persia come to life on the new CD composed, arranged and
performed by Kamil Alipour entitled "Moon Dance". Classical Persian
music is an ancient art form who's integrity and character must
be preserved by those who have lived and breathed its essence for
a great number of years; Kamil Alipour is one such musician.
remarkable skill and versatility on both Taar (a six stringed instrument
with a sheep skin sound board, two resonance chambers and 27 moveable
frets) and Se-taar (a three stringed instrument with a wooden sound
board and a single resonance chamber). The deft touch of Kamil Alipour
results in a beautiful music that is not only logical and technical,
but highly emotional and spiritual as well; it is a delight to experience.
All songs composed
and arranged by: Kamil Alipour
All instruments played by: Kamil Alipour, except for Dunbak, by: Syamak
Sound engineered and mixed by: Yousef Shahab, at 42nd Studio, Hollywood,
Cover concept, art direction, photography, computer manipulations and
Photo Model/Dancer: Shahrzad Khorsandi
Computer Graphics Support: Jayce Farahmand
Producer: Aldoush Alpanian
Executive Producers: X Dot 25 Music Productions
Music based on the Sufi tradition of Jalaal Od-Deen Rumi, nourished
by the mystical sounds of Taar, Se-Taar, Kamaantche, Daf and Dunbak.
This music will take you to a spiritual journey in the realm of
Persian music is an ancient art form. Its roots can be traced back
to the flourishing cultural germination that took place under the
Parthian (349 B.C.-226 A.D.) and Sassanid (226-651 A.D.) dynasties.
This music is organized into seven scales and modes, called Dastgaahs
with five smaller sub-sets to these scales, called Aavaaz. Each
of these scales require specific emotional considerations exemplified
by special melodic patterns called Gushes (pronounced goo-sheh).Spontaneous
emotive improvisation is at the heart of this art form but must
adhere to the paths governed by the Gushes. At first this may sound
constricting for the musician yet there are approximately 250 different
Gushes distributed among the seven Dastgaahs, creating a myriad
of possibilities. Presently, the integrity and character of this
precious and antiquitous music must be preserved by those who have
lived and breathed its essence for a great number of years; a time
requirement that encompasses most of their lives. Kamil Alipour
is such a musician. He began
studying the Taar at the Tehran Academy of Music, under the guidance
of Ustaad (master) Ali-Akbar Shahnaazi. Later he attended Tehran
University, where he expanded his knowledge of Persian classical
music theory, while studying Setaar, Daff, and traditional singing
techniques. He plays all the instruments found on this album, with
the exception of the Zarb. He also has composed and arranged all
of the music in this recording.
shows adept versatility on, both, Taar and Setaar, creating beautiful
solo improvisations, some of which took as much time to record as
it takes you to listen. His music is technical as well as logical
and emotional as well as spiritual. In short "a mere pleasure".
TAAR: A six (three
double) stringed instrument made of a rare kind of mulberry wood with
thin lamb skin stretched over twin resonating chamber. SE TAAR: Actually
means three stringed, however, it has evolved into an instrument containing
two doubled pairs and a single resonator string for a total of five strings DAF: A large, tambourin-shaped
drum, with goat skin, stretched over its circumference and a deep, bassy
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