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Sample Track 1:
"Harmony" from Migration (Lilasound)
Sample Track 2:
"Migration" from Migration (Lilasound)
Sample Track 3:
"Mockingbird Playback" from Shahrokh Yadegari's Home
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CD Review

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You've probably heard a lot about Iran lately, but the stream of rhetoric and brinkmanship that's driven a huge wedge between our countries hardly comes from the same universe as this. "Longing," named by its performers for what it sounds like, is Persian ambient music, a wrenching violin improvisation by Nourai tweaked and kneaded by Yadegari. Yadegari is credited with playing "Lila, a computer music instrument," which is used to sample the violin in real time and then modify the tones. Both performers have lived in the U.S. for a long time, and you can hear them striving for something new in the Western manner, while still holding on to tradition through use of Radif, the basic organizing principle of traditional Persian music. The result is mildly exotic and genuinely haunting.  11/09/06 >> go there
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