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    Origine du Groupe : Iran , North America

    Style : World music , Alternative , Arabic Music , Electronic Ambient , Experimental

    Sortie : 2011

    By Steve Hochman  from http://www.spinne.com

    Sussan Deyhim's bracing new album, 'City of Leaves,' is an amalgamation of all the vibrant phases of her life: her upbringing and musical training in an Iran that shifted from wide cultural
    embrace to closed and repressive. More than 27 years in the challenging art laboratory that is Manhattan. And recently from a vantage in the hills overlooking Los Angeles' San Fernando

    Don't laugh at the latter. Deyhim was skeptical when she and her partner, composer-musician-producer Richard Horowitz, moved there a few years ago. But she feels quite differently now.

    "You hear so much of the Valley," she says, recounting the dismissive attitudes she had absorbed. "'Is this the Valley? Is this the end of our lives?' But it's wonderful. Access to so much. Not
    trendy. Multicultural. Armenian and Iranian and Chinese and Japanese restaurants. I don't mind it at all!"

    But then, like her once-restrictive perceptions of the Valley, Deyhim has found that views of her and her ambitious music have been opening up of late.

    "There's been a lot of great response from the world music scene," she says of reaction to her recent work. "This is very interesting for me to be able to feel, 'OK, maybe we can have a truce
    now, 30 years after.'"

    The tussle she's implying here was a two-way battle: Her interest in experiments involving elements of jazz, avant-garde, electronics and such have long made music traditionalists wary of

    "A lot of people are interested in traditional music, and I can't criticize them," she says. "But some of those people run the scene and try to determine everyone else's criteria."

    At the same time, she spent a lot of time consciously sidestepping associations with anything that might be considered "world music" – a term she considered "condescending" and meaning in usage
    "the-rest-of-the-world music."

    "It's becoming a lot more interesting criteria than it used to be." she says of the ever-loosening category.

    And with that, she's felt comfortable and confident enough to release an album that embraces the full range of her talents and interests – and that's a wide range, evidenced by the fact that in
    conversation she references John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Morton Subotnick, Miles Davis, Jackson Pollock and John Coltrane in describing her sensibilities as readily as she discusses such
    Iranian singers as Parisa and Sima Bina. 'City of Leaves' showcases Deyhim's avant-garde, jazz and Persian classical vocal techniques alike, with contributors ranging from Turkish ney virtuoso
    Kudsi Enguner to experimental fusionist Bill Laswell to New York electronics-turntable-atmospherics innovator DJ Spooky – disparate on paper but unified in sound by Deyhim's artistic vision and

    In that regard, the title song and album opener is a perfect tone-setter.

    Tracklist :

    01.City Of Leaves

    02.Tender Gaze

    03.Glyphs Of The Horizon


    05.Searching For You

    06.Fire Within


    08.Beshno Az Ney

    09.Secret Garden


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    Note :






    Sortie : 2002

    Style : Electro Dub , Downtempo , World , Alternative Fusion , Ambient , Electroacoustic


    Tracklist :

    1. the candle and the moth (5:42)
    2. bade saba (11:33)
    3. daylaman (4:12)
    4. meykhaneh (5:24)
    5. navai (5:18)
    6. negara (4:18)
    7. gereyley (6:46)
    8. hamcho farhad (2:15)


    original musicians:
    richard horowitz - strings & sample arrangement on #2
    reggie workman - acoustic bass
    reza derakhshani - tar, setar, kamanche, ney
    dawn avery - cello
    glen velez - daf
    hearn gadbois - zarb
    michael harrison - tamboura

    additional musicians:
    abegasu shiota - electric piano
    karsh kale - drums, tabla, programming
    bill laswell - bass, synthesizer
    zakir hussain - tabla
    hamid drake - drums, tabla
    aiyb dieng - chatan
    abdou mboup - percussion




    Reconstruction and mix translation of Sussan's masterwork "Madman Of God" by the legendary musical pioneer, Bill Laswell.
    "Shy Angels" is Bill Laswell's reinterpretation of the entire "Madman of God" album, in which Sussan Deyhim presents her uniquely personal reading of divine love poems by Rumi, Saadi and other Persian Sufi masters.


    Bill Lashell has taken Sussan Heyhim's brilliant Madman of God album, pushed the finally crafted traditional instrumentation down in the mix, and slapped on top a naff disco drum beat with no sensitivity to the rhythmical comlpexities of the original music and singing. The result is a travisty. Worse still, record stores now only seem to stock this monstrosity, and not the original version. Nevertheless, I urge you to steer well clear of this cd and search out the original.

    by John


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