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Shahriyar  Jamshidi Kamanche – The Lullaby of a Nomad

Shahriyar Jamshidi Kamanche – The Lullaby of a Nomad

If you are the kind of quiet soul that thrives on new sounds that come from within the spirit, you may have just have to discover this very unique CD. Clearly the theme of the music is sbout a kind of people we often never think about, but this music will delve into a rich tapestry of a lifestyle that is slowly becoming extinct and lost to history. I say that because I read an article about how children of nomadic tribes are discovering today’s technology and want to enter that world and leave the old ways behind.

This is a CD that tells the tales of these weary travelers. It begins with a lone instrument that conducts all the different themes throughout this conceptual recording. It starts off with feelings of desolation and loneliness. . This may be a good time to burn some incense and do a little meditation.  The sound is a full on Middle Eastern vibe. It is a music that needs a lot of patient and understanding and openness. It seems it is geared towards an audience with a much fined tuned ear for nuances and is highly refined. You are not going to be hearing this on any top 40 radio station anytime.

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There is an entrance into that rarely seen kind of life. The beginning teaches you about the art of survival and perseverance. It is a transport to bring you to a sacred place where its essence can open you up to new realities and ventures. As you explore more in-depth facets you begin to understand the richness of this culture. There are plenty of hardships, but once that is broken, you truly witness a celebration of life that we forget to proclaim into our daily existence. It has that clichéd moment of, dance as if nobody is watching, and being nomadic, it is probably true.

There is a great moment in the segment called, “Welcomed”, where you can feel an excited child greeting visitors, whether it be family or friends. Her heart is dancing throughout this piece because this is such a gift to her. It feels much bigger than receiving a wrapped present at Christmas.

Their connection with Mother Earth is divine and their roots run very deep into the lifeblood of our cherished planet. It is a far cry from the North American way of wrapping our tender fingers around metallic devises to survive. As we come to a close we leave with new spiritual lessons that nomads may live a very different existence, but still contain the fertile marrow of life that we simply can no longer comprehend.

As I said at the beginning of this review, this CD is an elemental orb of knowledge that will have you looking at life differently. You must be very open to the concept and relaxed enough to feel the emotional ties these people have on the other side of the world. We may never make it out there to fully realize a different aspect of being, but this music is a very fine way of bringing your imagination closer.

If you are in the mood to own this unique recording, just go to… https://store.cdbaby.com/artist/shahriyarjamshidi

Ben Rosenblum Coastal Trio- River City

Ben Rosenblum Coastal Trio- River City

The latest offering from Jazz great Ben Rosenblum continues to explore various ways to improve on the quality of today’s Jazz sound. His sense of enthusiasm and joy tends to emanate its penetration into the psyche of a seasoned Jazz lover. This trio has a remarkable way of taking the obvious and adding layers to… Continue Reading

Devouring Saturn, Of Dark

Devouring Saturn, Of Dark

Well here it is the next chapter of this enigmatic band. “Of Dark”, is the other side of their first recording, “Of Light”. This four song EP is filled with the energy of a freight train hitting you and they were never going to try and stop. The initial flavor I tasted was, if Dream… Continue Reading

Into The Wilderness

Into The Wilderness

Kingston’s Band The Wilderness released their debut recording Saxton’s River. They have been together for three years and are struggling to make it to the next level. They tour North America hoping to find their audience. I guess they were hoping this recording will push them further. The Band consists of Lead vocalist and guitar-… Continue Reading

Yiannis – Awakenings

Yiannis – Awakenings

Yiannis recently released his third CD which gives his listeners a direct message. He wants to expand his talent worldwide. He still seeks a spiritual retreat, but wants his instrumental message to cross all kinds of borders. The sound is usually warm and inviting. This is Yiannis’ way of inviting you in to join in… Continue Reading

Devouring Saturn

Devouring Saturn

Devouring Saturn has become a bit of an enigma. I saw them play live as this monstrous progressive space band. Their delivery was in your face as they threw you through the cosmos like an entity playing Frisbee golf. They never did get around to completing that first recording; instead they decided to deliver a… Continue Reading

Jupiter Hollow – Odyssey

Jupiter Hollow – Odyssey

Odyssey is the first recording from the mind blowing band Jupiter Hollow. The band consists of Grant McKenzie on Guitar, Bass and Synthesizer. The other member is Kenny Perry on Vocals, Drums and Synthesizer and keyboards. Between these two guys they can create a lot of noise. I compare them to, if Dream Theater had… Continue Reading

World Famous Tall Boys – NO.2

World Famous Tall Boys – NO.2

I must admit this was a unique experience. The CD started off like a Progressive rock experience and quickly kicks you in the face of a full on Punk Rock band. It contains heavy and speed metal elements as well. You quickly find out they just want to wail their frustrations on everything they dislike.… Continue Reading

Kamancello

Kamancello

The Spirits have shown up and have a ritualistic dance to perform. “Incantation”, is just that, it opens ups with a conjuring of the spiritual realm to enter this special space. This two piece band consists of Raphael Weinroth Brown playing the Cello, and Shahiyar Jamshidi playing a very cool instrument called a Kamanche. Every… Continue Reading

Surreal Gets Real

Surreal Gets Real

Normally I would not write about a band from outside of Toronto, but these guys were very polite to send me three songs to review, so I agreed. I just hope one day they make it to Toronto to play, so I can get my reputation back. This band is from Atlanta and has the… Continue Reading