When Paths Meet (Live at the Holland Festival)

Date of release: 13 Jan, 2023

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Tracklist + Liner Notes

  1. Veritas (Live)

    DESCRIPTION:

    Sami Yusuf’s composition ‘Veritas’ premiered at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam as part of his concert series ‘When Paths Meet’. From the minimal and ethereal sound of the intro, it subtly transitions to a sense of awe at the astonishing majesty and multiplicity of creation. The Persian-influenced musical phrasing of Sami Yusuf’s vocalisations in the intro are inspired by the Daramad of Avaz-e dashti, a subgroup of the Shur dastgah, a Persian modal system evocative of a meditative state. Cappella Amsterdam sings quarter tones here and they do so brilliantly. The flamenco and Andalusian sounds of the Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra interplay with Western classical elements and the vibrant Arabic maqam Bayati. When the mode shifts to the passionate yearning of maqam Nahawand, its similarity to the Western classical minor scale brings an effortless resonance between the two. The outro joins Bayati and a harmonic minor scale in a multi-faceted, fiery expression of multiple, even contradictory states of being, while the vocalists insist, ‘Veritas’, ‘Veritas’ – Truth, Truth – and cast our focus beneath the turbulent surface storms to the calm depths below.

    CREDITS:

    Composed and arranged by Sami Yusuf

    Mode: Shur with allusions to Nahāwand

    Sami Yusuf & Ensemble:

    Sami Yusuf: Vocal
    Ömer Avci: Bendir
    Eyüpcan Açikpazu: Ney
    Hasan Hekimoglu: Oud
    Onur Cicin: Qanun
    Guo Gan: Erhu
    Seyyed Mohammad Jaberi: Daf
    Huseyin Can Pala: Baglama
    Mahyar Toreihi: Santoor
    Jon Lawton: Guitar

    Cappella Amsterdam:

    Soprano: Sanda Audere, Elisabeth Blom, Marijke van der Harst
    Alto: Hebe de Champeaux, Irene Sorozabal, Inga Schneider
    Tenor: Jon Etxabe Arzuaga, Jelle Leistra, Diederik Rooker
    Bass: Jan Douwes, Angus van Grevenbroek, Johan Vermeer

    Production: Francesca Thompson

    The Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra:

    Abderrahim Semlali: Violin
    Jaafar Lougmani: Violin
    Mohamed Al Mokhlis: Violin
    Hessel Moeselaar: Viola
    Hannelore de Vuyst: Violin
    Haytam Safia: Oud
    Marianne Noordink: Ney
    Ruven Ruppik: Percussion
    Khaili Ahmed: Percussion
    Salah Mesbah: Vocals
    Dwight Breinburg: Percussion,Vocals
    Mohamed Chairi: Rabab,Vocals
    Daniël van Huffelen: Double Bass
    Ahmed el Maai: Qanun, Oud, Vocals

    Mixed and Mastered by Vishnu Rajan @ Andante Studios
    Video Editing & Postproduction by Omar Al-Balushi @ Andante Studios

    ASTIANA:
    Christine Höchstötter
    Katherine O’Brien
    Claire Mcrandal
    Vishnu Rajan
    Omar Al Balushi

    Audio Editing & Premixing: Omer Avci & Erdem Altinses

    Recording Engineer: Joost Dellebare
    FOH Engineer: Sachin Savio
    Scoring Assistants: Ruslan Salimov, Amin Ebrahimi

    Director: Henk van Engen
    Assistant Director: Lieke van Zutphen
    Producer Holland Festival: Rianne Super
    Technical Producer: The Crew: Daan Kluin, Kaj de Groot,
    Shading: Niels Hakkel, Ray van Verseveld
    Technical Facilities: The Crew The Netherlands
    1st Camera: Job Scholtze
    Camera: Ivo Borkus, Feline Potshuizen, Kees Patijn, Lars de Jong, Frits Schrijvers
    Crane cam: Marjolein Hooting
    Junior Cam: Lex Brouwer
    Assistant Coordinator: Monica Hoogendoorn

    Graphic Design & Artwork: Mahdi Jahangir

  2. Karitas (Live)

    DESCRIPTION:

    ‘Karitas’ is a spellbinding new composition by acclaimed British musician Sami Yusuf. It was recorded live at the Holland Festival in June 2022 and delivered with exceptional artistry by Cappella Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra & the composer’s own ensemble. The work moves with intelligence and fluidity from Western choral music to Middle Eastern modes to the cadence of Andalusia.

    Modes traverse boundaries from the distinctive Bayati Shiraz and Rast maqams to the aeolian. Subtly flowing rhythms & improvisation, entrancing solos on the Chinese erhu, oud, ney, violin, underscore the depth of the dialogue among traditions taking place here. Lyrics by Fuzuli, a 16th c. Azerbaijani writer known as a poet of divine love, are echoed here in the words of the 12th c. German mystic Hildegard of Bingen. Intoxicatingly beautiful mawwals take verses from the Andalusian poet Abul Hasan al-Shushtari (13th c.) and Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulsi, a 17th c. Syrian writer.

    CREDITS:

    Composed and arranged by Sami Yusuf

    Latin words by Hildegard von Bingen
    Azerbaijani words by Mahammad Fuzuli
    Mode: Bayati Shiraz with allusion to Rast

    Sami Yusuf & Ensemble:

    Sami Yusuf: Vocal
    Ömer Avci: Bendir
    Eyüpcan Açikpazu: Ney
    Hasan Hekimoglu: Oud
    Onur Cicin: Qanun
    Guo Gan: Erhu
    Seyyed Mohammad Jaberi: Daf
    Huseyin Can Pala: Baglama
    Mahyar Toreihi: Santoor
    Jon Lawton: Guitar

    Cappella Amsterdam:

    Soprano: Sanda Audere, Elisabeth Blom, Marijke van der Harst
    Alto: Hebe de Champeaux, Irene Sorozabal, Inga Schneider
    Tenor: Jon Etxabe Arzuaga, Jelle Leistra, Diederik Rooker
    Bass: Jan Douwes, Angus van Grevenbroek, Johan Vermeer

    Production: Francesca Thompson

    The Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra:

    Abderrahim Semlali: Violin
    Jaafar Lougmani: Violin
    Mohamed Al Mokhlis: Violin
    Hessel Moeselaar: Viola
    Hannelore de Vuyst: Violin
    Haytam Safia: Oud
    Marianne Noordink: Ney
    Ruven Ruppik: Percussion
    Khaili Ahmed: Percussion
    Salah Mesbah: Vocals
    Dwight Breinburg: Percussion,Vocals
    Mohamed Chairi: Rabab,Vocals
    Daniël van Huffelen: Double Bass
    Ahmed el Maai: Qanun, Oud, Vocals

    Mixed and Mastered by Vishnu Rajan @ Andante Studios
    Video Editing & Postproduction by Omar Al-Balushi @ Andante Studios

    ASTIANA:
    Christine Höchstötter
    Katherine O’Brien
    Claire Mcrandal
    Vishnu Rajan
    Omar Al Balushi

    Audio Editing & Premixing: Omer Avci & Erdem Altinses

    Recording Engineer: Joost Dellebare

    Scoring Assistants: Ruslan Salimov, Amin Ebrahimi

    Translated by Dr Mohammad Faghfoory and Dr Oludamini Ogunnaike

    Director: Henk van Engen
    Assistant Director: Lieke van Zutphen
    Producer Holland Festival: Rianne Super
    Technical Producer: The Crew: Daan Kluin, Kaj de Groot,
    Shading: Niels Hakkel, Ray van Verseveld
    Technical Facilities: The Crew The Netherlands
    1st Camera: Job Scholtze
    Camera: Ivo Borkus, Feline Potshuizen, Kees Patijn, Lars de Jong, Frits Schrijvers
    Crane cam: Marjolein Hooting
    Junior Cam: Lex Brouwer
    Assistant Coordinator: Monica Hoogendoorn

    Graphic Design & Artwork: Mahdi Jahangir

  3. Pearl (Live)

    DESCRIPTION:

    Recorded live at the Holland Festival, Sami Yusuf’s ‘Pearl’ tells a tale of the pain of separation and the longing for union. The musician gives a rare intimate performance in this stripped-down arrangement with minimal acoustic accompaniment and sparse backing vocals by members of Cappella Amsterdam. From the ‘When Paths Meet’ concert in Amsterdam.

    CREDITS:

    Composer & Musical Director: Sami Yusuf

    Sami Yusuf & Ensemble:

    Sami Yusuf: Vocal
    Ömer Avci: Bendir
    Eyüpcan Açikpazu: Ney
    Hasan Hekimoglu: Oud
    Onur Cicin: Qanun
    Guo Gan: Erhu
    Seyyed Mohammad Jaberi: Daf
    Huseyin Can Pala: Baglama
    Mahyar Toreihi: Santoor
    Jon Lawton: Guitar

    Cappella Amsterdam:

    Soprano: Sanda Audere, Elisabeth Blom, Marijke van der Harst
    Alto: Hebe de Champeaux, Irene Sorozabal, Inga Schneider
    Tenor: Jon Etxabe Arzuaga, Jelle Leistra, Diederik Rooker
    Bass: Jan Douwes, Angus van Grevenbroek, Johan Vermeer

    Production: Francesca Thompson

    The Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra:

    Abderrahim Semlali: Violin
    Jaafar Lougmani: Violin
    Mohamed Al Mokhlis: Violin
    Hessel Moeselaar: Viola
    Hannelore de Vuyst: Violin
    Haytam Safia: Oud
    Marianne Noordink: Ney
    Ruven Ruppik: Percussion
    Khaili Ahmed: Percussion
    Salah Mesbah: Vocals
    Dwight Breinburg: Percussion,Vocals
    Mohamed Chairi: Rabab,Vocals
    Daniël van Huffelen: Double Bass
    Ahmed el Maai: Qanun, Oud, Vocals

    Mixed and Mastered by Vishnu Rajan @ Andante Studios
    Video Editing & Postproduction by Omar Al-Balushi @ Andante Studios

    ASTIANA:
    Christine Höchstötter
    Katherine O’Brien
    Claire Mcrandal
    Vishnu Rajan
    Omar Al Balushi

    Recording Engineer: Joost Dellebare

    Scoring Assistants: Ruslan Salimov, Amin Ebrahimi

    Director: Henk van Engen
    Assistant Director: Lieke van Zutphen
    Producer Holland Festival: Rianne Super
    Technical Producer: The Crew: Daan Kluin, Kaj de Groot,
    Shading: Niels Hakkel, Ray van Verseveld
    Technical Facilities: The Crew The Netherlands
    1st Camera: Job Scholtze
    Camera: Ivo Borkus, Feline Potshuizen, Kees Patijn, Lars de Jong, Frits Schrijvers
    Crane cam: Marjolein Hooting
    Junior Cam: Lex Brouwer
    Assistant Coordinator: Monica Hoogendoorn

    Graphic Design & Artwork: Mahdi Jahangir

  4. Hijaz Kabeer - Andalus (Live)

    DESCRIPTION:

    The Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra gives a beautiful rendition of the beloved Moroccan/Andalusian song ‘Hijaz Kabeer’. This composition, arranged by Ahmed El Maai and enriched with musical intricacies, is exquisitely presented by the acclaimed musicians complementing the distinctive vocals of the soloists. The seamless integration of the voices of Cappella Amsterdam with the original Arabic poem produces a captivating sound that is both serene and grounding. The piece has a rich history as it is rooted in musical tradition of the Andalusian nubah, a modal system featuring a mix of instrumental compositions and predominantly vocal pieces accompanied by instrumentation.

    CREDITS:

    Performed by the Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra
    Arranged by Ahmed El Maai
    Music: Classical Arab-Andalusian & Traditional Moroccan
    Maqām: Hijaz Kabeer

    The Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra:

    Abderrahim Semlali: Violin
    Jaafar Lougmani: Violin
    Mohamed Al Mokhlis: Violin
    Hessel Moeselaar: Viola
    Hannelore de Vuyst: Violin
    Haytam Safia: Oud
    Marianne Noordink: Ney
    Ruven Ruppik: Percussion
    Khaili Ahmed: Percussion
    Salah Mesbah: Vocals
    Dwight Breinburg: Percussion,Vocals
    Mohamed Chairi: Rabab,Vocals
    Daniël van Huffelen: Double Bass
    Ahmed el Maai: Qanun, Oud, Vocals

    Cappella Amsterdam:

    Soprano: Sanda Audere, Elisabeth Blom, Marijke van der Harst
    Alto: Hebe de Champeaux, Irene Sorozabal, Inga Schneider
    Tenor: Jon Etxabe Arzuaga, Jelle Leistra, Diederik Rooker
    Bass: Jan Douwes, Angus van Grevenbroek, Johan Vermeer

    Production: Francesca Thompson

    Mixed and Mastered by Vishnu Rajan @ Andante Studios
    Video Editing & Postproduction by Omar Al-Balushi @ Andante Studios

    ASTIANA:
    Christine Höchstötter
    Katherine O’Brien
    Claire Mcrandal
    Vishnu Rajan
    Omar Al Balushi

    Audio Editing & Premixing: Omer Avci & Erdem Altinses

    Recording Engineer: Joost Dellebare

    Director: Henk van Engen
    Assistant Director: Lieke van Zutphen
    Producer Holland Festival: Rianne Super
    Technical Producer: The Crew: Daan Kluin, Kaj de Groot,
    Shading: Niels Hakkel, Ray van Verseveld
    Technical Facilities: The Crew The Netherlands
    1st Camera: Job Scholtze
    Camera: Ivo Borkus, Feline Potshuizen, Kees Patijn, Lars de Jong, Frits Schrijvers
    Crane cam: Marjolein Hooting
    Junior Cam: Lex Brouwer
    Assistant Coordinator: Monica Hoogendoorn

    Graphic Design & Artwork: Hasan Kuchkarov

  5. Fiyyashiyya (Live)

    DESCRIPTION:

    Acclaimed British composer Sami Yusuf brings the immensely popular Moroccan folk song ‘Fiyyashiyya’ to a European audience in his stunning new arrangement performed live at the Holland Festival. An achingly eloquent solo improvisation on the Chinese erhu by the world-renowned master Guo Gan opens the piece, which then moves into a joyful call and response between Sami Yusuf and the vocalists of Cappella Amsterdam. As the rhythm builds, the Arabic lyrics sung by the Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra are answered in English by Cappella Amsterdam. This innovative rendition captures the exuberant essence of the North African folk sound just as it clearly captured the hearts of the audience who are heard clapping and singing along.

    Written by the Moroccan poet Sidi Othman ibn Yahya Cherki (known as “Sidi Bahloul Cherki”) in the 17th century

    CREDITS:

    Performed and arranged by Sami Yusuf
    Words and Music: Traditional Moroccan
    English translation: Dr. Tim Winter
    Maqām: ‘Ajam

    Sami Yusuf & Ensemble:

    Sami Yusuf: Vocal
    Ömer Avci: Bendir
    Eyüpcan Açikpazu: Ney
    Hasan Hekimoglu: Oud
    Onur Cicin: Qanun
    Guo Gan: Erhu
    Seyyed Mohammad Jaberi: Daf
    Huseyin Can Pala: Baglama
    Mahyar Toreihi: Santoor
    Jon Lawton: Guitar

    Cappella Amsterdam:

    Soprano: Sanda Audere, Elisabeth Blom, Marijke van der Harst
    Alto: Hebe de Champeaux, Irene Sorozabal, Inga Schneider
    Tenor: Jon Etxabe Arzuaga, Jelle Leistra, Diederik Rooker
    Bass: Jan Douwes, Angus van Grevenbroek, Johan Vermeer

    Production: Francesca Thompson

    The Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra:

    Abderrahim Semlali: Violin
    Jaafar Lougmani: Violin
    Mohamed Al Mokhlis: Violin
    Hessel Moeselaar: Viola
    Hannelore de Vuyst: Violin
    Haytam Safia: Oud
    Marianne Noordink: Ney
    Ruven Ruppik: Percussion
    Khaili Ahmed: Percussion
    Salah Mesbah: Vocals
    Dwight Breinburg: Percussion,Vocals
    Mohamed Chairi: Rabab,Vocals
    Daniël van Huffelen: Double Bass
    Ahmed el Maai: Qanun, Oud, Vocals

    Mixed and Mastered by Vishnu Rajan @ Andante Studios
    Video Editing & Postproduction by Omar Al-Balushi @ Andante Studios

    ASTIANA:
    Christine Höchstötter
    Katherine O’Brien
    Claire Mcrandal
    Vishnu Rajan
    Omar Al Balushi

    Recording Engineer: Joost Dellebare

    Scoring Assistants: Ruslan Salimov, Amin Ebrahimi

    Director: Henk van Engen
    Assistant Director: Lieke van Zutphen
    Producer Holland Festival: Rianne Super
    Technical Producer: The Crew: Daan Kluin, Kaj de Groot,
    Shading: Niels Hakkel, Ray van Verseveld
    Technical Facilities: The Crew The Netherlands
    1st Camera: Job Scholtze
    Camera: Ivo Borkus, Feline Potshuizen, Kees Patijn, Lars de Jong, Frits Schrijvers
    Crane cam: Marjolein Hooting
    Junior Cam: Lex Brouwer
    Assistant Coordinator: Monica Hoogendoorn

    Graphic Design & Artwork: Mahdi Jahangir

  6. The Fire Within (Live)

    DESCRIPTION:

    Sami Yusuf’s composition ‘The Fire Within’ evokes the flame of love that burns in the hearts of seekers everywhere. This rich musical tapestry weaves together mystical strands of music and poetry as it moves seamlessly from the aeolian sound of European choral music to Andalusian modes to Middle Eastern scales. Here we hear the voice of each tradition clearly articulated as in an intricate conversation with one another. Layer upon layer of melodies and rhythms serve to clarify the composer’s vision and to lead the listener inward to a place of knowing beyond words.

    Lyrics are drawn from mystical poets: Kaygusuz Abdal (Turkish lyrics), Hildegard von Bingen (Latin lyrics), Mansur ibn al-Hallaj and Abu al-Hasan al-Shushtari (Arabic lyrics).

    Performed by Cappella Amsterdam, The Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra, and Sami Yusuf’s ensemble.

    CREDITS:

    Composed and arranged by Sami Yusuf
    Latin words by Hildegard of Bingen
    English words trans. from Mansur al-Hallaj
    Turkish words by Kaygusuz Abdal
    Arabic Mawwāl by Abu al-Hasan al-Shushtari

    Mode: Aeolian [with allusions to traditional Andalusian modes]

    Sami Yusuf & Ensemble:

    Sami Yusuf: Vocal
    Ömer Avci: Bendir
    Eyüpcan Açikpazu: Ney
    Hasan Hekimoglu: Oud
    Onur Cicin: Qanun
    Guo Gan: Erhu
    Seyyed Mohammad Jaberi: Daf
    Huseyin Can Pala: Baglama
    Mahyar Toreihi: Santoor
    Jon Lawton: Guitar

    Cappella Amsterdam:

    Soprano: Sanda Audere, Elisabeth Blom, Marijke van der Harst
    Alto: Hebe de Champeaux, Irene Sorozabal, Inga Schneider
    Tenor: Jon Etxabe Arzuaga, Jelle Leistra, Diederik Rooker
    Bass: Jan Douwes, Angus van Grevenbroek, Johan Vermeer

    Production: Francesca Thompson

    Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra:

    Abderrahim Semlali: Violin
    Jaafar Lougmani: Violin
    Mohamed Al Mokhlis: Violin
    Hessel Moeselaar: Viola
    Hannelore de Vuyst: Violin
    Haytham Safia: Oud
    Marianne Noordink: Ney
    Ruven Ruppik: Percussion
    Khaili Ahmed: Percussion
    Salah Mesbah: Vocals
    Dwight Breinburg: Percussion,Vocals
    Mohamed Chairi: Rabab,Vocals
    Daniël van Huffelen: Double Bass
    Ahmed el Maai: Qanun, Oud, Vocals

    Mixed and Mastered @ Andante Studios
    Video Editing & Postproduction @ Andante Studios

    Audio Editing & Premixing: Omer Avci & Erdem Altinses

    Recording Engineer: Joost Dellebare

    Scoring Assistants: Ruslan Salimov, Amin Ebrahimi

    Director: Henk van Engen
    Assistant Director: Lieke van Zutphen
    Producer Holland Festival: Rianne Super
    Technical Producer: The Crew: Daan Kluin, Kaj de Groot,
    Shading: Niels Hakkel, Ray van Verseveld
    Technical Facilities: The Crew The Netherlands
    1st Camera: Job Scholtze
    Camera: Ivo Borkus, Feline Potshuizen, Kees Patijn, Lars de Jong, Frits Schrijvers
    Crane cam: Marjolein Hooting
    Junior Cam: Lex Brouwer
    Assistant Coordinator: Monica Hoogendoorn

    Graphic Design & Artwork: Mahdi Jahagnir

    Produced by ASTIANA

  7. I Only Knew Love (Live)

    DESCRIPTION:

    Maqām: Nahāwand

    For ‘When Paths Meet’ a programmed launched at the Holland Festival, Sami Yusuf, Cappella Amsterdam & Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra perform a new rendition of ‘I Only Knew Love’. With minimal accompaniment, the traditional Andalusian melody moves from the singer to individual instruments to the chorus. The verse is carried beautifully by the rich voice of Amstersam Andalusian Orchestra’s Salah Mesbah. The lyrics are from a famous poem by the 8th century Sufi saint from Iraq, Rabi‘ah al-‘Adawiyyah, and this version features the original Arabic as well as an English translation.

    CREDITS:

    Words by Rabi‘a al-‘Adawiyyah
    English translation by Dr. Tim Winter
    Music: Traditional Andalusian
    Maqām: Nahāwand

    Sami Yusuf & Ensemble:

    Sami Yusuf: Vocal
    Ömer Avci: Bendir
    Eyüpcan Açikpazu: Ney
    Hasan Hekimoglu: Oud
    Onur Cicin: Qanun
    Guo Gan: Erhu
    Seyyed Mohammad Jaberi: Daf
    Huseyin Can Pala: Baglama
    Mahyar Toreihi: Santoor
    Jon Lawton: Guitar

    Cappella Amsterdam:

    Soprano: Sanda Audere, Elisabeth Blom, Marijke van der Harst
    Alto: Hebe de Champeaux, Irene Sorozabal, Inga Schneider
    Tenor: Jon Etxabe Arzuaga, Jelle Leistra, Diederik Rooker
    Bass: Jan Douwes, Angus van Grevenbroek, Johan Vermeer

    Production: Francesca Thompson

    The Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra:

    Abderrahim Semlali: Violin
    Jaafar Lougmani: Violin
    Mohamed Al Mokhlis: Violin
    Hessel Moeselaar: Viola
    Hannelore de Vuyst: Violin
    Haytam Safia: Oud
    Marianne Noordink: Ney
    Ruven Ruppik: Percussion
    Khaili Ahmed: Percussion
    Salah Mesbah: Vocals
    Dwight Breinburg: Percussion,Vocals
    Mohamed Chairi: Rabab,Vocals
    Daniël van Huffelen: Double Bass
    Ahmed el Maai: Qanun, Oud, Vocals

    Mixed and Mastered by Vishnu Rajan @ Andante Studios
    Video Editing & Postproduction by Omar Al-Balushi @ Andante Studios

    ASTIANA:
    Christine Höchstötter
    Katherine O’Brien
    Claire Mcrandal
    Vishnu Rajan
    Omar Al Balushi

    Audio Editing & Premixing: Omer Avci & Erdem Altinses

    Recording Engineer: Joost Dellebare

    Scoring Assistants: Ruslan Salimov, Amin Ebrahimi

    Director: Henk van Engen
    Assistant Director: Lieke van Zutphen
    Producer Holland Festival: Rianne Super
    Technical Producer: The Crew: Daan Kluin, Kaj de Groot,
    Shading: Niels Hakkel, Ray van Verseveld
    Technical Facilities: The Crew The Netherlands
    1st Camera: Job Scholtze
    Camera: Ivo Borkus, Feline Potshuizen, Kees Patijn, Lars de Jong, Frits Schrijvers
    Crane cam: Marjolein Hooting
    Junior Cam: Lex Brouwer
    Assistant Coordinator: Monica Hoogendoorn

    Graphic Design & Artwork: Hasan Kuchkarov

  8. The Meeting (Live)

    DESCRIPTION:

    Sami Yusuf’s instrumental composition ‘The Meeting’ is a deeply moving and intimate work. Direct and non-linear, the melodies and rhythms sustain and support one another flawlessly as the music moves fluidly between Western and Middle Eastern modal systems. Solos by Huseyin Can Pala on baglama, Eyüpcan Açikpazu on ney, Onur Cicin on qanun and Hasan Hekimoglu on oud circle each other to create an embracing ambience where each melodic line is a subtle gem, strong and fragile in equal measure.

    Recorded live at The Holland Festival.
    Listen to the full album: https://sy.lnk.to/WhenPathsMeet-Album

    CREDITS:

    Composed and arranged by Sami Yusuf
    Mode: Aeolian [with allusions to Shur]

    Sami Yusuf & Ensemble:

    Sami Yusuf: Vocal
    Ömer Avci: Bendir
    Eyüpcan Açikpazu: Ney
    Hasan Hekimoglu: Oud
    Onur Cicin: Qanun
    Guo Gan: Erhu
    Seyyed Mohammad Jaberi: Daf
    Huseyin Can Pala: Baglama
    Mahyar Toreihi: Santoor
    Jon Lawton: Guitar

    Cappella Amsterdam:

    Soprano: Sanda Audere, Elisabeth Blom, Marijke van der Harst
    Alto: Hebe de Champeaux, Irene Sorozabal, Inga Schneider
    Tenor: Jon Etxabe Arzuaga, Jelle Leistra, Diederik Rooker
    Bass: Jan Douwes, Angus van Grevenbroek, Johan Vermeer

    Production: Francesca Thompson

    The Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra:

    Abderrahim Semlali: Violin
    Jaafar Lougmani: Violin
    Mohamed Al Mokhlis: Violin
    Hessel Moeselaar: Viola
    Hannelore de Vuyst: Violin
    Haytam Safia: Oud
    Marianne Noordink: Ney
    Ruven Ruppik: Percussion
    Khaili Ahmed: Percussion
    Salah Mesbah: Vocals
    Dwight Breinburg: Percussion,Vocals
    Mohamed Chairi: Rabab,Vocals
    Daniël van Huffelen: Double Bass
    Ahmed el Maai: Qanun, Oud, Vocals

    Mixed and Mastered by Vishnu Rajan @ Andante Studios
    Video Editing & Postproduction by Omar Al-Balushi @ Andante Studios

    ASTIANA:
    Christine Höchstötter
    Katherine O’Brien
    Claire Mcrandal
    Vishnu Rajan
    Omar Al Balushi

    Audio Editing & Premixing: Omer Avci & Erdem Altinses

    Recording Engineer: Joost Dellebare
    FOH Engineer: Sachin Savio
    Scoring Assistants: Ruslan Salimov, Amin Ebrahimi

    Director: Henk van Engen
    Assistant Director: Lieke van Zutphen
    Producer Holland Festival: Rianne Super
    Technical Producer: The Crew: Daan Kluin, Kaj de Groot,
    Shading: Niels Hakkel, Ray van Verseveld
    Technical Facilities: The Crew The Netherlands
    1st Camera: Job Scholtze
    Camera: Ivo Borkus, Feline Potshuizen, Kees Patijn, Lars de Jong, Frits Schrijvers
    Crane cam: Marjolein Hooting
    Junior Cam: Lex Brouwer
    Assistant Coordinator: Monica Hoogendoorn

    Graphic Design & Artwork: Hasan Kuchkarov

  9. One (Live)

    DESCRIPTION:

    Experience the beauty and unity of diverse musical traditions with Sami Yusuf’s latest release, ‘One.’ Recorded live at the Holland Festival in June 2022, this piece showcases exceptional artistry from Cappella Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra, and Sami Yusuf’s own ensemble.

    Composed and arranged by Sami Yusuf, ‘One’ is a stunning blend of Western European vocal performance and the dynamic rhythms of Andalusian, North African and Middle Eastern instruments including the ney, violin, qanun, santur and percussions. The German words by Meister Eckhart and Arabic poetry by Abu al-Hasan al-Shushtari speak of the Eternal I and the unity of vision, emphasising the separate beauty of each path and their underlying unity.

    Performed in E Flat with allusions to maqām Nahāwand, ‘One’ opens with Cappella Amsterdam’s hauntingly beautiful vocals, transitioning to the richly textured and dynamic rhythms of Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra, culminating in a mesmerising santur and percussion performance by Sami Yusuf’s ensemble. ‘One’ invites you to experience the oneness of the human spirit in art.

    CREDITS:

    Composed and arranged by Sami Yusuf

    German words by Meister Eckhart

    Arabic words by Abu al-Hasan al-Shushtari
    E Flat (with allusions to Maqām Nahāwand)

    Sami Yusuf & Ensemble:

    Sami Yusuf: Vocal
    Ömer Avci: Bendir
    Eyüpcan Açikpazu: Ney
    Hasan Hekimoglu: Oud
    Onur Cicin: Qanun
    Guo Gan: Erhu
    Seyyed Mohammad Jaberi: Daf
    Huseyin Can Pala: Baglama
    Mahyar Toreihi: Santoor
    Jon Lawton: Guitar

    Cappella Amsterdam:

    Soprano: Sanda Audere, Elisabeth Blom, Marijke van der Harst
    Alto: Hebe de Champeaux, Irene Sorozabal, Inga Schneider
    Tenor: Jon Etxabe Arzuaga, Jelle Leistra, Diederik Rooker
    Bass: Jan Douwes, Angus van Grevenbroek, Johan Vermeer

    Production: Francesca Thompson

    Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra:

    Abderrahim Semlali: Violin
    Jaafar Lougmani: Violin
    Mohamed Al Mokhlis: Violin
    Hessel Moeselaar: Viola
    Hannelore de Vuyst: Violin
    Haytham Safia: Oud
    Marianne Noordink: Ney
    Ruven Ruppik: Percussion
    Khaili Ahmed: Percussion
    Salah Mesbah: Vocals
    Dwight Breinburg: Percussion,Vocals
    Mohamed Chairi: Rabab,Vocals
    Daniël van Huffelen: Double Bass
    Ahmed el Maai: Qanun, Oud, Vocals

    Mixed and Mastered @ Andante Studios
    Video Editing & Postproduction @ Andante Studios

    Consultants:
    German Language: Marion Höchstötter
    Arabic Language: Elouafi Mohammed

    English Translation (Arabic): Dr. Yousef Casewit & Saad Ansari
    English Translation (German): Maurice O’C Walshe

    Audio Editing & Premixing: Omer Avci & Erdem Altinses

    Recording Engineer: Joost Dellebare

    Scoring Assistants: Ruslan Salimov, Amin Ebrahimi

    Director: Henk van Engen
    Assistant Director: Lieke van Zutphen
    Producer Holland Festival: Rianne Super
    Technical Producer: The Crew: Daan Kluin, Kaj de Groot,
    Shading: Niels Hakkel, Ray van Verseveld
    Technical Facilities: The Crew The Netherlands
    1st Camera: Job Scholtze
    Camera: Ivo Borkus, Feline Potshuizen, Kees Patijn, Lars de Jong, Frits Schrijvers
    Crane cam: Marjolein Hooting
    Junior Cam: Lex Brouwer
    Assistant Coordinator: Monica Hoogendoorn

    Graphic Design & Artwork: Hasan Kuchkarov

    Produced by ASTIANA

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Album Description

“It is music that blows you away with polyphonic choirs, virtuoso percussion and the power of the single melody held in place by so many instruments simultaneously.”
– (cultureelpersbureau.nl)

From Sami Yusuf, one of the most influential musicians in the field of traditional music today, comes ‘When Paths Meet’, an electrifying dialogue among remarkable musicians from three continents. Recorded live in Amsterdam as part of the Holland Festival, new compositions and arrangements by the acclaimed British composer are performed with exceptional artistry by Cappella Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra, and Sami Yusuf’s own ensemble. The sold-out event was held in the regal Concertgebouw, a venue that has hosted the greatest musicians of the past two centuries.

New compositions by Sami Yusuf on this album include ‘Veritas’, a piece that opens with distinctly Central Asian tones and ethereal vocalizations that evoke a time before time, before shifting in mood to awe at the fiery majesty of creation. A second new work, ‘Karitas’, expresses the pure love that flows through the heart of all things. It is the very love that is found in abundance in every note and every word of the traditions heard here. His composition ‘ONE’ transitions from Western Europe to the world of Andalusia and North Africa as it engages with sounds of the ney, violin, qanun and percussions, until the dramatic outro seals the ecstatic experience.

Sami Yusuf composed and arranged the music heard here for traditional instruments from lands stretching from China to Spain. The music makes reference at times to Middle Eastern dastgahs, at times to Azerbaijani mughams, at times to Andalusian melodies. And at other times the clear strains of early Western choral music are front and centre. While the music consists of contemporary compositions by Sami Yusuf, most of the lyrics come from mystical writings of luminaries across centuries – from Germany, from Turkey, and from Arabic-speaking lands.

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