Sunday, September 2, 2007
Original cover. Cant fid a better one:(
FROM THE ROCKS AND SANDS OF THE BURNING PERSIAN EMPIRE! ONE OF THE BEST IRANIAN PERCUSSIONIST EVER
I was surprised that this guy is actually famous and popular... This album, brilliantly precise but insanely improvised, produces a much needed hypnotic expirence which I can only call "completely empty but filled like burning hell"... If I had this album during my "psychedelic years" - I'd probably be dead by now:)
Yes and... sorry people, no vocals, fancy production or cheap ambient effects. Just great desert drummin' untill the mornin' comes:) My favourite track is "The Esoteric".
NICELY WRITTEN SHORT BIOGRAPHY (by Eugene Chadbourne):
Of the many talented younger players from the Iranian classical music scene, this player of the tombak and other traditional instruments has made the most widespread inroads on the Western music scene, although the rewards of that may be questioned when they include soundtrack appearances on such Hollywood duds as Geronimo or Last Man Standing. The farthest thing artistically from a bad commercial film is the musical environment this artist came out of, the brilliant world of Iranian dastgah. Like the Indian raga to which it is related, compositions in this genre are based on various modal systems, which the performers extrapolate at great length, building up to high speed chases that are the dream of every percussionist. The instrument played by Madjid Khaladj is known as a tombak in Iran, a dombak in Turkey, and has an Irish relative in the bhodran. Khaladj began studying the instrument at the age of seven, the initial pounding and banging of a youth leading to a brilliant career as a traditional musician, pedagogue, composer, and lecturer.
He has mastered an entire family of Iranian percussion instruments, including the daf, which might sound like some kind of British insult but is actually considered a mystical drum. The musical adventures of Khaladj have led to collaborations with the traditional Armenian vocal group Kotchnak, as well as the laid-back California recording scene of world music wannabe Ry Cooder. The Iranian also went far from his roots when he recorded an album entitled Chopin, Impressions with pianist Leszek Mozdzer and the results of this collaboration can only be described as fascinating.