Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Malerai/Bargh/Goodarzi – Zin Do Hezaran… (2016)


Michał Górczyński - clarinet, tenor saxophone, tinder, cicer
Dagna Sadkowska - violin
Robert Jędrzejewski - cello
Awa Bargh - vocal
Farzad Goodarzi - percussion, recitation

Zin Do Hezaran…


By Adam Baruch

This is the third album by polish trio Malerai, led by clarinetist/composer Michał Górczyński and also including violinist Dagna Sadkowska and cellist Robert Jędrzejewski. They are joined by vocalist Awa Bargh and percussionist Farzad Goodarzi and together perform a cycle of ten songs composed by Gorczynski, which feature lyrics by the 13th Century Persian poet and mystic Rumi and which have been inspired by the Persian musical traditions and Rumi's poetry.

Górczyński's chameleonic ability to absorb cultural influences and create his unique music inspired by them seems to have no borders. His earlier projects dealt with Jewish and Japanese influences and now he chose the magnificent Persian culture, which is sadly little known in Europe. Such ability is truly remarkable and Górczyński deserves high praise for it.

As usual the music amalgamates the folkloristic motifs with Górczyński's Jazz based improvisations, creating a powerful Jazz-World Fusion. Although the Persian lyrics are probably completely incomprehensible to European listeners, Bargh manages to express them with such heartfelt delivery that they become a part of the overall tapestry and can be enjoyed just on the emotional plane.

As in the case of all good music, listening to this album requires undivided attention and open-mindedness from the listener, who is eventually deeply rewarded. Acceptance and tolerance towards other cultures is definitely a basis for human communication and Górczyński is definitely a Master of the trade in that area. As always, this album is highly recommended to serious listeners, who see in music an opportunity of discovery and deeply emotional as well as intellectual experiences. This is exactly what this album delivers.

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