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World Music CD Reviews Middle East & North Africa

Shahrokh Yadegari & Keyavash Nourai

By Jill Ettinger
Published April 27, 2007

Migration
LilaSound Productions

If you listen closely, you’ll find that everything creates sound; our organic world is alive and thumping. Artists that tap into the universal ‘hum’ resonate with us on deep levels. They withstand time, pop charts and the attention deficit disorders of the MTV generation (Ravi Shankar, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Beethoven, even the Beatles). They connect us to something we realize that we don’t necessarily need to understand, triggering familiarity within and beyond the confines of language and thought. Testing the boundaries of experimental emotional sound creation, Persian artists Shahrokh Yadegari (he holds a Ph.D in music) and Keyavash Nourai (Persian instrument master) come together on Migrations. Fusing Yadegari’s electronic prowess with Nourai’s brilliant violin improvisations, the result is a cosmic, sonic synthesis that lends itself to contemplation and imagination, food for the soul in four lengthy, winding tracks. If fortunate, listeners might find themselves migrating far into inner space.