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Ghazal was a style of ancient love poems that originated in sixth-century Arabic culture before spreading along the Silk Road to South Asia in the 12th century. On their fourth album, the band Ghazal (featuring Kayhan Kalhor on the fiddle-like kamancheh and Shujaat Husain Khan on sitar and vocals, as well as guest Sandeep Das on tabla) make a similar connection, bridging traditional Indian (Khan) and Persian (Kalhor) music on these three long, thematically based pieces. “Fire” starts with a slow, droning section that inexorably builds to a frenzied crescendo before gentle conclusion. The slow-to-midtempo “Dawn” features the most melodic playing as well as singing. Ending this live concert recording on a high note, “Eternity” starts amiably with Khan and Kalhor soloing back and forth, ebbing and flowing as the musicians encourage each other to another blazing finale. There's a surprising density of the sound for much of this, projecting musical imagery as detailed as a Persian rug.

Customer Reviews

Not the right genre

These three pieces are well worth the price. I use it to meditate and to relax. Trust your initial instincts. Buy the music.

Exceptionally Beautiful

Having only three songs on the album, you get about an hours worth of peace and serenity. Wonderful blend of Persian and Indian sounds. I highly recommend this CD to anyone interested in taking the soul into a higher realm.

Just beautiful

Calming andentrancing. Great for making out :)


Genre: World

Years Active: '00s

Kayhan Kalhour (born: 1963 in Tehran, Iran) is one of the first to bring the musical traditions of Iran to the United States. A master of the kamencheh, a four stringed ancestor of the fiddle, Kalhour has continued to perform and expand upon the folk, devotional and classical music of his homeland since settling in New York and forming his first band, the Dastan Ensemble, withy vocalist Shahram Nazeri, in 1990. Since 1996, Kalhour has continued to explore a similar vein with his band, Ghazal. Beginning...
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The Rain, Ghazal
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, World, Asia, Classical, Modern Era
  • Released: Apr 22, 2003

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