Personnel: Azam Ali (vocals, hammered dulcimer); Greg Ellis (chant vocals, arranger, keyboards, drums, cajon, dumbek, riq, woodblocks, percussion, gong, bells); Nicole Baker, Mark Beasom, George Stearne (vocals); Dan Torres (saz); Naser Musa (oud); Ethan James (hurdy gurdy, nyckelharpa); Shira Kammen (rebek, vielle); Dan Torres (saz); Cameron Stone (cello); Chris Bleth (duduk); Pejman Hadadi (tombak, daf).Recorded between November 2001 & March 2002.Personnel: Azam Ali (vocals, soprano, hammer dulcimer); Mark Beasom (bass voice); Ethan James (hurdy-gurdy); Shira Kammen (vielle, rebec); Dann Torres (saz); Cameron Stone (cello); Chris Bleth (duduk); Pejman Hadadi (tombak).Audio Mixer: Dan Pinder. Liner Note Author: Azam Ali. Recording information: Atman Studios, Los Angeles, CA (11/2001-03/2002); St. Tyler's (11/2001-03/2002).Arrangers: Ethan James; Azam Ali; Soeur Marie Keyrouz. Having made her name as the ethereal vocalist of Vas, Azam Ali ventures forth with this shimmering solo debut. Openly influenced by Hildegard von Bingen, PORTALS OF GRACE continues Ali's long relationship with the music and stories of medieval Europe, drawing from Sephardic, Breton, and Latin sources, to name a few. The opener, "Lasse Pour Quois," recounts the heartbreak of a 14th-century French member of a little-known order of female troubadours who roamed the continent. "O Quanta Qualia," written by the poet-heretic Peter Abelard, is apparently the only surviving composition from a hymn book he wrote for Heloise, whose father had Abelard castrated.
Azam Ali - Portals Of Grace
Azam Ali - Portals of Grace
Portals of Grace - CD
Azam Ali ~ Portals of Grace (new)
Portals of Grace