Shujaat Husain Khan and Katayoun Goudarzi: Ruby (khan)

 |   |  <1 min read

Shujaat Husain Khan and Katayoun Goudarzi: Ruby (khan)

Just as Shakespeare will always be a bottomless well for interpretation, so too the hundreds of works by the 13th century Persian poet Rumi are constantly being explored by musicians and singers.

Iran-born and New Jersey-based singer Goudarzi here, for the fifth time, teams up with sitar maestro Husain Khan (of the Northern Indian tradition, a son of Ustad Vilayat Khan) for this delicate yet rigorously considered exploration of some of Rumi's ghazals.

Despite being separated by cultures, musical traditions and the generations, the duo – this time with sarangi, santoor, and flute embellishing the sound – find common ground in the deliberately pared-back melodies which soar on the back of Goudarzi's unmistakeable voice and the emotional depth of the mystical lyrics of spiritual love and devotion.

Such is the deft balance here that sometimes you can be transported by the music of Husain Kahn (the delightful Clouded and pastoral Whirling Tree elevated by bansuri flute) and at others by the beguiling Goudarzi (who, despite her late entry, commands the evocative Adrift).

Music and emotion which becomes considerably more than the sum of its seemingly separate parts.

Unfortunately the tracks on this album are too long/large for Elsewhere to post but they are on Spotify, along with numerous other albums by Shujaat Husain Khan 

Share It

Your Comments

Mike - Nov 30, 2015

Hi Graham, Where can you buy the CD ? I have been enjoying some music by Ravi Shankar with Stefan Grapelli and the speed of the Sitar is amazing. GRAHAM REPLIES: This album and a bunch of others by Shujaat Husain Khan are on iTunes (cheap too!). For more along these lines at Elsewhere search "indian music" and see what comes up. (A lot).

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

Djelimady Tounkara: Solon Kono (Harmonia Mundi)

Djelimady Tounkara: Solon Kono (Harmonia Mundi)

Guitarist Tounkara sometimes spins off notes like an avant-garde guitarist (he is admired by New York's Bill Frisell who has performed with him) but for this album he gets back onto acoustic guitar... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Lisa Jen of 9Bach

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Lisa Jen of 9Bach

At the forthcoming Womad in Tarakani wise ears will head to the sessions by the Welsh alt.folk group 9Bach whose ethereal (and exotically Welsh-language songs) have previously captured... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

GUEST ARTIST JOSEPHINE CACHEMAILLE on her new exhibition and current practice

GUEST ARTIST JOSEPHINE CACHEMAILLE on her new exhibition and current practice

I am interested in making objects, paintings and installations that provoke questions about our magical thinking tendencies. Magical thinking refers to causal reasoning that looks for... > Read more

THE TAITE MUSIC PRIZE FINALISTS (2016): Money don't get everything it's true, but . . .

THE TAITE MUSIC PRIZE FINALISTS (2016): Money don't get everything it's true, but . . .

The old awards' show line is, "It's an honour just to be nominated . . ." But in the case of the annual Taite Music Prize it most certainly is because just to get onto the shortlist... > Read more