Catalog no. Kereshmeh Records KCD-109 CD
Mystery of Love
KCD-109Mystery of Love
and Vocals: Mohammad Reza Lotfi
Tombak and Daf:
Cover Design: Farshid Mesghali
Mr. Lotfi is a great musician.
He pours his intense, astonishing music into the spiritual
segment of the title track Mystery of Love in MP3 format.
This live recording of Persian mystical music based on the poems of
Rumi and Hafez is an exquisite album of power and beauty. Featuring Mohammad
Reza Lotfi on tar, setar, and vocals, and Mohammad Ghavihelm on INS_tombak
and INS_daf, this is a deeply inspired and soulful work. What is readily
apparent is the depth of emotion and spirituality that this music conveys.
With an introduction by Robert Bly, the liner notes incorporate translations
of the poems by Coleman Barks, Gertrude Bell and Arthur J. Arberry, and
include explanations about the music by Mohammad Reza Lotfi.
In the first piece, Mahur, Lotfi sings the poetry of the great Sufi
mystics to commune with his supreme Love. The music starts in a meditative
mood and gradually progresses into sheer bliss and ecstasy. The second
piece, Dashti, is inspired by Lotfi's childhood memories of Gorgan in the
North of Iran, and evokes imageries of the Caspian landscape and nature.
Lotfi is one of the first musicians to have revived the ancient techniques
of setar playing in its classical form. The techniques used by Lotfi are
those that serve the music and enable him to express his creativity and
message. Thus, his technical excellence and diversity are not an end in
themselves but tools to express best what comes from the heart. This recording
is a testimony to Lotfi's current approach to music and his sense of aesthetics.
There is no doubt that this long-awaited new work is a true piece of
art. Lotfi's emotionally-exalted performance stirs strong emotions in the
listener. It is music not just to be heard, but felt. And what makes this
work even more special is that the spiritual essence and devotional beauty
of Lotfi's work is finally captured by an excellent quality recording.
It is an album that will find its rightful place among many Persian and
world music lovers collections.