Persian Vocal Explorations

Sussan Deyhim

City of Leaves (2011)

Sussan Deyhim’s City of Leaves is an intimate effort in collaboration with keyboardist and composer Richard Horowitz. Deyhim’s musical stye is hard to define. Although she does incorporate Iranian music and vocal techniques in some of the pieces, I would not call this a world music album. Deyhim likes to explore with her vocal chords and sometimes goes into processed vocals, overdub experiments and pop directions.

In addition to Horowitz, Sussan Deyhim is joined in some of the pieces by renowned international musicians such as Gingger Shankar on violin, Bill Lasswell on bass, Kudsi Erguner on ney and Jonathan Beard on cello.

City of Leaves presents a fascinating mix of world music, eletronic ambience and vocal research by one of the greatest voices in the Iranian music diaspora.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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