AMIR KOUSHKANI & EYVIND KANG – Sufi Invocation

This is the opening track of the album In the Path of Love: Improvisations on classical Persian and Indian music (2001), by Amir Koushkani and Eyving Kang.

Amir Koushkani is an Iranian ethnomusicologist, composer, performer, and instructor of traditional Persian stringed instruments such as the Tar and the Setar. Dr. Koushkani’s training in Persian music began in Iran, where he was introduced to traditional Persian themes, under the tutelage of Master Dariush Pirniakan.  

Koushkani holds a Master’s Degree in Western Musical Composition and he also received a PhD in Ethnomusicology at York University, with a dissertation on the history and theory of the Iranian musical transcription. With specializing in on a different aspect of Persian music, over the last three decades he composed widely for theatre, orchestra, and various musical ensembles. He has recently published a two-volume study on the “Persian Avaz” in collaboration with Master Mohammad-Reza Shajarian and Professor Rob Simms at York University. (official website)

Eyvind Kang is an American composer and multi-instrumentalist. His primary instrument is the viola, but has also performed on violin, tuba, keyboards and others. In addition to his solo work, Kang has worked extensively with Bill Frisell and John Zorn. Kang says his family heritage is “a mixture of Icelandic, Danish and Korean.” He was raised in Canada and the United States, and has since lived and worked in countries ranging from Italy to Iceland. He studied piano and violin as a child, and as a teen played bass guitar in a reggae band.

A recurring theme in his solo work is the “NADE”, the meaning of which Kang is not willing to disclose. Referring titles include “Theme from the first NADE”, “5th NADE/Invisible Man”, “Theme from the sixth NADE” (all three from the debut album 7 NADEs, 1996); “Jewel of the NADE”, “Mystic NADE” (both from Theater of Mineral NADEs, 1998) and “Harbour of the NADE” (Virginal Co-ordinates, 2003). His preferred instrument is the viola.


Amir Koushkani – tar
Eyvind Kang – viola
All songs produced and composed by Amir Koushkani
Viola Improvisations by Eyvind Kang

Publicidade