American Sufi Project
Vol. 1 (Ammi Media, 2015)
American Sufi Project is a new ensemble focusing on the Sufi musical traditions from Turkey, Iran and the Kurdish region. Based in New York City, the musicians skillfully combine ancient Sufi mystical pieces and Middle Eastern instruments with jazz and western musical instruments like guitars and bass.
Sufi music is a type of trance or ecstatic music and the effect of resonating frame drums accompanying the serpentine ney flute is truly mesmerizing. American Sufi Project is part of a larger arts project with the intention of connecting people to the spiritually inclined works of music, art and literature emerging from the vibrant, multidimensional Sufi community of the United States of America.
The musicians on American Sufi Project Vol. 1 include Dan Kurfirst on frame drums; Tomchess on ney; Gabriel Marin on fretless electric guitar, tanbur, saz and kemencheh; and John Ferrara on bass. Guests featured: Juliet Rabia Gentile on vocals; Mehdi Layegh on vocals and santoor; and Bahman Karimnia on vocals.
American Sufi Project Vol. 1 opens a portal to a timeless music realm where ancient sacred traditions meet modern jazz improvisation.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.