Catalog no. QuarterTone Productions QTCD-1004
Performance by The Kamkars
Daf by Bijan Kamkar
Do-table by Pashang Kamkar
Tombak, Zarbe-Zoorkhane by Arzhang Kamkar
Barbat, Violin, Viola by Arsalan Kamkar
Dohol, Damam, Viola by Ardeshir Kamkar
Santur by Ardavan Kamkar
Tas by Hooshang Kamkar
Recording Engineer: Iraj Fahimi
Recorded at Bell Studio, Spring 1999
Cover Design by Houman Mortazavi
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The form of call and response between groups of instruments and solo instruments, and the utilization of pitched instruments solely for maintaining the rhythm on the two notes F and C are among the unique features of this work. In certain cases, as a reminder of a particular spiritual space or mood, the melodic nature of the instruments has been used in light motifs. Using techniques of counterpoint and orchestration, Chant of Drums is composed for percussion instruments and spiritual melodies without lyrics. The unintelligible voices, which are often unconsciously uttered by the dervishes at climactic points during spiritual gatherings, have been used for rhythmic emphasis as well as further stressing the states of trance. This composition is comprised of seven parts. It has an episodic form, and at the same time the repetition of a variance of the first part at the end of the seventh, renders it a cyclical form.
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