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Sadie Harrison (b.1965): The Rosegarden of Light - Traditional Music From Afghanistan / Kevin Bishop, viola; Ensemble Zohra; Cuatro Puntos; Junior Ensemble of Traditional Afghan Instruments

Album Summary

>Omar, Ustad Mohammed : Arghawan (The Judas Tree)
>Harrison, Sadie : Dast be Dast
>Harrison, Sadie : Gulistan-e Nur
>Traditional, Afghan : Qataghani Folksong
>Sarmast, Ustad Salim : Ay shakhe Gul (Oh Flower Branch), song
>Traditional, Afghan : Logari Folksong
>Traditional, Afghan : Pesta Farosh ('The Pistachio Seller')
>Traditional, Afghan : Ghunchai-e-Sorkh ('Red Rosebud') (attrib. to Ustand Fazi Ahmad Khan)
Performer Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Since its foundation in 2010, the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul has been working small miracles. Its students - among them orphans, street vendors and other disadvantaged children - play both western and traditional Afghan instruments in groups which include a ground-breaking girls' ensemble. On this album, the fruit of a remarkable collaborative project, they meet the US string sextet Cuatro Puntos. In Sadie Harrison's Gulistan-e Nur: The Rosegarden of Light, they perform Afghan songs and dances which Harrison's music then explores and develops. Kevin Bishop's arrangements of Afghan tunes likewise link east and west in a visionary venture celebrating the power of music to transform lives as it also revives and rebuilds Afghan musical traditions.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Afghanistan National Institute of Music, Kabul (01/17/2016); Berkman Recital Hall, The Hartt School, University of H (01/17/2016); Afghanistan National Institute of Music, Kabul (08/18/2015); Berkman Recital Hall, The Hartt School, University of H (08/18/2015).



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Works Details

>Omar, Ustad Mohammed : Arghawan (The Judas Tree)
  • Ensemble: Junior Ensemble of Traditional Afghan Instruments
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950s

>Harrison, Sadie : Dast be Dast :: 'Allah Hu' ('This is God'), for viola
  • Performer: Kevin Bishop (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Cuatro Puntos
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>Harrison, Sadie : Gulistan-e Nur :: The Rosegarden of Light, for 2 violins, 2 violas, cello, double bass & ensemble
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Zohra
  • Notes: Berkman Recital Hall, The Hartt School, University of Hartford, Connecticut (01/17/2016); Afghanistan National Institute of Music, Kabul (01/17/2016); Berkman Recital Hall, The Hartt School, University of Hartford, Connecticut (08/18/2015); Afghanistan National Institute of Music, Kabul (08/18/2015)
  • Running Time: 24 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2015

>Traditional, Afghan : Qataghani Folksong
  • Ensemble: Junior Ensemble of Traditional Afghan Instruments
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.

>Sarmast, Ustad Salim : Ay shakhe Gul (Oh Flower Branch), song
  • Ensemble: Cuatro Puntos
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1950

>Traditional, Afghan : Logari Folksong
  • Ensemble: Junior Ensemble of Traditional Afghan Instruments
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.

>Traditional, Afghan : Pesta Farosh ('The Pistachio Seller')
  • Ensemble: Cuatro Puntos
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.

>Traditional, Afghan : Ghunchai-e-Sorkh ('Red Rosebud') (attrib. to Ustand Fazi Ahmad Khan)
  • Ensemble: Junior Ensemble of Traditional Afghan Instruments
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.