When Paths Meet (Vol. 2)

Date of release: 28 Feb, 2024

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Tracklist + Liner Notes

  1. Unveiling
  2. Prelude to River of Paradise
  3. River of Paradise

    DESCRIPTION:

    Simultaneously floating and rooted, the opening of Sami Yusuf’s composition ‘River of Paradise’ seduces its audience with hypnotic melodies and rhythms of the kora and classical guitar. As the performance unfolds, voices of the instruments assembled on stage seamlessly add to the meditative mood. This is music that speaks with one voice through the prisms of many cultures, embracing and illuminating us. Ballaké Sissoko on kora and Antoine Morinière on classical guitar deliver evocative solos, and Nabyla Maan joins Sami Yusuf in a stunning vocal performance.

    ‘River of Paradise’ is a new composition by Sami Yusuf from the second of his ‘When Paths Meet’ series. It features The Sami Yusuf Ensemble, The Scoring Orchestra of Paris, The Métaboles, and stellar soloists and specialist musicians in a stunning collaboration. Performed at the Paris Philharmonic.

    CREDITS:

    Composed and arranged by Sami Yusuf
    Arabic words by Suhrawardi
    Performed at the Philharmonie de Paris

    THE SAMI YUSUF ENSEMBLE:
    Sami Yusuf: Composer & Director

    Sami Yusuf: Vocals and Oud
    Eyüpcan Açikpazu: Ney
    Huseyin Can Pala: Baglama
    Hasan Hekimoglu: Oud
    Ilyos Arabov: Vocalist
    Magsad Azizov: Balaban
    Mahyar Toreihi: Santoor
    Malik Mansurov: Tar
    Ömer Avci: Percussion
    Onur Cicin: Qanun
    Ruven Ruppik: Bass Darbuka, Riq and Woodblock
    Mohammad Jaberi: Daf

    SPECIALIST INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL SOLOISTS:
    Nabyla Maan: Vocals
    Guo Gan: Erhu
    Ballaké Sissoko: Kora
    Antoine Morinière: Classical Guitar
    Loriane LLorca: Organ
    Eléonore Fourniau: Hurdy Gurdy
    Nicolas Mackowiak: Harpsichord

    THE SCORING ORCHESTRA OF PARIS:

    Pierre-Adrien THÉO
    Isabelle THEO
    Jonathan GRIMBERT-BARRÉ

    Violins 1:
    Romuald Grimbert-Barré, first violin
    Florian Jourdan
    Clara Bourdeix
    Madeleine Athané
    Gladys Ledoux

    Violins 2:
    Michael Serra, lead violin
    Pauline Gillet
    Jérôme Merlet

    Violas:
    Maxence Grimbert-Barré, lead viola
    Valentine Garilli
    Axel Benedetti

    Cellos:
    Jérémie Billet, lead cello
    Aurore Montaulieu

    Contrabass:
    Benoît Levesque

    Percussions:
    Florie Fazio

    THE MÉTABOLES:
    Choir Director: Félix Benati
    Sopranos:
    Émilie Husson
    Anne-Claire Baconnais
    Clara Penalva

    Altos:
    Laura Muller
    Emmanuelle Monier
    Caroline Chassany

    Tenors:
    Steve Zheng
    Marco Van Baaren
    Jean-François Chiama
    Samuel Zattoni-Rouffy
    Benoît Porcherot
    Jérémie Couleau

    Basses:
    Laurent Bourdeaux
    Jean-Sébastien Nicolas
    Paul-Alexandre Dubois
    Jean-Michel Durang

    Mixed and Mastered by Vishnu Rajan
    Video Editing & Postproduction by Omar Al Balushi
    Graphic Design & Artwork: Hasan Kuchkarov

    Audio Editing & Premixing: Erdem Altinses & Amal Neehar

    Recording Engineer: Charles Alexandre Englebert

    FOH Engineer : Sachin Savio Dane

    Music Supervisor: Ruslan Salimov

    Executive Producer: Claire Mcrandal @ Astiana

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

    Special thanks to:
    Elouafi Mohammed
    Nicholas Boylston
    Katherine O’Brien

    PRODUCED BY TAKLIT PRODUCTION
    Nicolas Glady
    Natacha Loisel
    Patricia Johnston

    PHILHARMONIE DE PARIS:
    Production manager: Marine Hozer
    General stage manager: Arnaud Pierret
    Stage manager: Romuald Deschamps
    Lighting: Letang Philippe
    Sound engineers: Aumenier Fabien, Lafaurie Kéo, Martin Nicaud
    Audiovisual production director: Norman Delauné
    Video sound recording: Charles Alexandre Englebert
    Stage manager audiovisual: Mohamed Bendaoud
    Stage hand: Nicolas Jannel

    FUTUR ANTÉRIEUR PRODUCTIONS
    Managing director: Aymeric Isnard
    Producer: Gabriel Scialom
    Director: Colin Laurent
    Director of photography: Florence Levasseur
    Musical advisor: Carine Jeanton
    Camera operators: Isabelle Audigé, Philippe Bini, Quentin Dumas, François Perret, Christine Strazzeri

    TECHNICAL MEANS
    Manager: Nicolas Foulon
    Operations: Alexis Lemaire
    Equipment manager: Adrien Tessier
    Digital imaging technician: Stéphanie Gognies
    Video assistants: Enzo Lopez, Manon Habert, Eric Lecocq

  4. Meditations on Musette by Couperin

    DESCRIPTION:

    Meditations on a Musette by Couperin
    Inspired by François Couperin’s ‘Musette from the Royal Concerts’, Sami Yusuf’s new composition reveals unexpected intersections between seemingly distant musical traditions. After a brilliant and faithful interpretation of Couperin’s piece, the composer takes us deep into the world of his musical roots with the lyrical melodic phrasing and tonal system of the Azerbaijani Segah mugham, a Turkic variant of the maqam system. It is a shift in musical language both striking and seamless because, while the Musette is composed in a major scale, there is emphasis on the interval of a third, a fundamental element of the Segah mugham. These mirrored themes give way to the enchanting sound of Ballaké Sissoko’s kora and spellbinding vocal solos by Sami Yusuf, Nabyla Maan, Eléonore Fourniau, and Ilyos Arabov that imbue the piece with a transcendent dimension, before returning to the work’s Baroque underpinning.

    Drawing from great artistic traditions of human history, these ‘Meditations’ open a door to a world of musical languages that are both familiar and exotic.
    ‘Meditations on a Musette by Couperin’ is a new composition by Sami Yusuf from the second of his ‘When Paths Meet’ series. It features The Sami Yusuf Ensemble, The Scoring Orchestra of Paris, The Métaboles, and stellar soloists and specialist musicians in a stunning collaboration. Performed at the Paris Philharmonic. Lyrics in Persian, Arabic, and Turkish are from the poetry of Rumi, Abu al-Hasan al-Shushtari, and Pir Sultan Abdal.

    CREDITS:

    Composed by Sami Yusuf & François Couperin
    Turkish words: Pir Sultan Abdal
    Persian words: Rumi
    Arabic words: Abul al-Hasan al-Shushtari
    Performed at the Philharmonie de Paris

    THE SAMI YUSUF ENSEMBLE:
    Sami Yusuf: Composer & Director

    Sami Yusuf: Vocals and Oud
    Eyüpcan Açikpazu: Ney
    Huseyin Can Pala: Baglama
    Hasan Hekimoglu: Oud
    Ilyos Arabov: Vocalist
    Magsad Azizov: Balaban
    Mahyar Toreihi: Santoor
    Malik Mansurov: Tar
    Ömer Avci: Percussion
    Onur Cicin: Qanun
    Ruven Ruppik: Bass Darbuka, Riq and Woodblock
    Mohammad Jaberi: Daf

    SPECIALIST INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL SOLOISTS:
    Nabyla Maan: Vocals
    Guo Gan: Erhu
    Ballaké Sissoko: Kora
    Antoine Morinière: Classical Guitar
    Loriane LLorca: Organ
    Eléonore Fourniau: Vocals & Hurdy Gurdy
    Nicolas Mackowiak: Harpsichord

    THE SCORING ORCHESTRA OF PARIS:

    Pierre-Adrien THÉO
    Isabelle THEO
    Jonathan GRIMBERT-BARRÉ

    Violins 1:
    Romuald Grimbert-Barré, first violin
    Florian Jourdan
    Clara Bourdeix
    Madeleine Athané
    Gladys Ledoux

    Violins 2:
    Michael Serra, lead violin
    Pauline Gillet
    Jérôme Merlet

    Violas:
    Maxence Grimbert-Barré, lead viola
    Valentine Garilli
    Axel Benedetti

    Cellos:
    Jérémie Billet, lead cello
    Aurore Montaulieu

    Contrabass:
    Benoît Levesque

    Percussions:
    Florie Fazio

    THE MÉTABOLES:
    Choir Director: Félix Benati
    Sopranos:
    Émilie Husson
    Anne-Claire Baconnais
    Clara Penalva

    Altos:
    Laura Muller
    Emmanuelle Monier
    Caroline Chassany

    Tenors:
    Steve Zheng
    Marco Van Baaren
    Jean-François Chiama
    Samuel Zattoni-Rouffy
    Benoît Porcherot
    Jérémie Couleau

    Basses:
    Laurent Bourdeaux
    Jean-Sébastien Nicolas
    Paul-Alexandre Dubois
    Jean-Michel Durang

    Mixed and Mastered by Vishnu Rajan
    Video Editing & Postproduction by Omar Al Balushi
    Graphic Design & Artwork: Hasan Kuchkarov

    Audio Editing & Premixing: Erdem Altinses & Amal Neehar

    Recording Engineer: Charles Alexandre Englebert

    FOH Engineer : Sachin Savio Dane

    Music Supervisor: Ruslan Salimov

    Executive Producer: Claire Mcrandal @ Astiana

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

    Special thanks to:
    Elouafi Mohammed
    Katherine O’Brien
    Ibrahim Tut

    PRODUCED BY TAKLIT PRODUCTION
    Nicolas Glady
    Natacha Loisel
    Patricia Johnston

    PHILHARMONIE DE PARIS:
    Production manager: Marine Hozer
    General stage manager: Arnaud Pierret
    Stage manager: Romuald Deschamps
    Lighting: Letang Philippe
    Sound engineers: Aumenier Fabien, Lafaurie Kéo, Martin Nicaud
    Audiovisual production director: Norman Delauné
    Video sound recording: Charles Alexandre Englebert
    Stage manager audiovisual: Mohamed Bendaoud
    Stage hand: Nicolas Jannel

    FUTUR ANTÉRIEUR PRODUCTIONS
    Managing director: Aymeric Isnard
    Producer: Gabriel Scialom
    Director: Colin Laurent
    Director of photography: Florence Levasseur
    Musical advisor: Carine Jeanton
    Camera operators: Isabelle Audigé, Philippe Bini, Quentin Dumas, François Perret, Christine Strazzeri

    TECHNICAL MEANS
    Manager: Nicolas Foulon
    Operations: Alexis Lemaire
    Equipment manager: Adrien Tessier
    Digital imaging technician: Stéphanie Gognies
    Video assistants: Enzo Lopez, Manon Habert, Eric Lecocq

  5. The Journey

    DESCRIPTION:

    From the second in the ‘When Paths Meet’ (Vol. 2) series performed at the Philharmonie de Paris. Sami Yusuf’s composition, ‘The Journey’, is a re-imagined new arrangement of his earlier work by that title. Here, vibrant music traditions from China, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Europe tell the story of a journey across lands and cultures. Evocative instrumental solos featuring the erhu, balaban, oud, and guitar are interwoven with orchestral strings of the Scoring Orchestra of Paris and the vocalisations of The Métaboles. Lyrics by mystical poets Rumi, Abu al-Hasan al-Shushtari, Pir Sultan Abdal, and Abi Sa’d al-Yafi’i are rendered in all their subtlety and nuance by renowned vocalists Sami Yusuf, Nabyla Maan, and Eléonore Fourniau. The result is a luminous work that resonates with timeless beauty.

    ‘The Journey’ is from the ‘When Paths Meet’ Vol. 2 album.
    Performed at the Philharmonie de Paris.
    The Sami Yusuf Ensemble
    The Scoring Orchestra of Paris
    The Métaboles

    CREDITS:

    Composed by Sami Yusuf
    Arabic words by Abu al-Hasan al-Shushtari & Abī Sa’d al-Yafi’ī

    Persian words by Rumi
    Turkish words by Pir Sultan Abdal
    Performed at the Philharmonie de Paris

    THE SAMI YUSUF ENSEMBLE:
    Sami Yusuf: Composer & Director

    Sami Yusuf: Vocals and Oud
    Eyüpcan Açikpazu: Ney
    Huseyin Can Pala: Baglama
    Hasan Hekimoglu: Oud
    Ilyos Arabov: Vocalist
    Magsad Azizov: Balaban
    Mahyar Toreihi: Santoor
    Malik Mansurov: Tar
    Ömer Avci: Percussion
    Onur Cicin: Qanun
    Ruven Ruppik: Bass Darbuka, Riq and Woodblock
    Mohammad Jaberi: Daf

    SPECIALIST INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL SOLOISTS:
    Nabyla Maan: Vocals
    Guo Gan: Erhu
    Ballaké Sissoko: Kora
    Antoine Morinière: Classical Guitar
    Loriane LLorca: Organ
    Eléonore Fourniau: Vocals & Hurdy Gurdy
    Nicolas Mackowiak: Harpsichord

    THE SCORING ORCHESTRA OF PARIS:

    Pierre-Adrien THÉO
    Isabelle THEO
    Jonathan GRIMBERT-BARRÉ

    Violins 1:
    Romuald Grimbert-Barré, first violin
    Florian Jourdan
    Clara Bourdeix
    Madeleine Athané
    Gladys Ledoux

    Violins 2:
    Michael Serra, lead violin
    Pauline Gillet
    Jérôme Merlet

    Violas:
    Maxence Grimbert-Barré, lead viola
    Valentine Garilli
    Axel Benedetti

    Cellos:
    Jérémie Billet, lead cello
    Aurore Montaulieu

    Contrabass:
    Benoît Levesque

    Percussions:
    Florie Fazio

    THE MÉTABOLES:
    Choir Director: Félix Benati
    Sopranos:
    Émilie Husson
    Anne-Claire Baconnais
    Clara Penalva

    Altos:
    Laura Muller
    Emmanuelle Monier
    Caroline Chassany

    Tenors:
    Steve Zheng
    Marco Van Baaren
    Jean-François Chiama
    Samuel Zattoni-Rouffy
    Benoît Porcherot
    Jérémie Couleau

    Basses:
    Laurent Bourdeaux
    Jean-Sébastien Nicolas
    Paul-Alexandre Dubois
    Jean-Michel Durang

    Mixed and Mastered by Vishnu Rajan
    Video Editing & Postproduction by Omar Al Balushi
    Graphic Design & Artwork: Hasan Kuchkarov

    Audio Editing & Premixing: Erdem Altinses & Amal Neehar
    Recording Engineer: Charles Alexandre Englebert
    FOH Engineer : Sachin Savio Dane
    Music Supervisor: Ruslan Salimov

    Executive Producer: Claire Mcrandal @ Astiana

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

    Special thanks to:
    Nicholas Boylston
    Elouafi Mohammed
    Katherine O’Brien
    Saadet Ates
    Ibrahim Tut

    PRODUCED BY TAKLIT PRODUCTION
    Nicolas Glady
    Natacha Loisel
    Patricia Johnston

    PHILHARMONIE DE PARIS:
    Production manager: Marine Hozer
    General stage manager: Arnaud Pierret
    Stage manager: Romuald Deschamps
    Lighting: Letang Philippe
    Sound engineers: Aumenier Fabien, Lafaurie Kéo, Martin Nicaud
    Audiovisual production director: Norman Delauné
    Video sound recording: Charles Alexandre Englebert
    Stage manager audiovisual: Mohamed Bendaoud
    Stage hand: Nicolas Jannel

    FUTUR ANTÉRIEUR PRODUCTIONS
    Managing director: Aymeric Isnard
    Producer: Gabriel Scialom
    Director: Colin Laurent
    Director of photography: Florence Levasseur
    Musical advisor: Carine Jeanton
    Camera operators: Isabelle Audigé, Philippe Bini, Quentin Dumas, François Perret, Christine Strazzeri

    TECHNICAL MEANS
    Manager: Nicolas Foulon
    Operations: Alexis Lemaire
    Equipment manager: Adrien Tessier
    Digital imaging technician: Stéphanie Gognies
    Video assistants: Enzo Lopez, Manon Habert, Eric Lecocq

    ©℗ 2024 Andante Records. All rights reserved.

  6. L'Amour Vivant

    DESCRIPTION:

    Composer Sami Yusuf’s mastery of musical languages dazzles in ‘L’Amour Vivant’. The initial movement unfolds within the intricate geometry of the Baroque style, a form that was imprinted on the composer’s soul during his upbringing in London and that remains a cherished inspiration. From the start we hear the subtle meeting of musical paths in the Arabic baladi rhythm that underlies the graceful melody. The transition into the second movement transports the listeners to the heart of Sami Yusuf’s other musical heritage, immersing them in the Central Asian Azerbaijani world. The third movement revisits the Baroque sound before incorporating the rich tonalities and nuanced rhythms of the Middle East and Persia, seamlessly blending them into a sweeping soundscape. The meditative sounds of the West African kora and the sensuous tones of the Chinese erhu then follow. The final movement acts as a love letter to the world classical traditions encapsulated here, skillfully weaving together the myriad emotions experienced throughout this journey in sound.

    ‘L’Amour Vivant’ is one of Sami Yusuf’s compositions from the second concert of his ‘When Paths Meet’ series. It features The Sami Yusuf Ensemble, The Scoring Orchestra of Paris, The Métaboles, and stellar soloists and specialist musicians in a stunning collaboration. ‘L’Amour Vivant’ is classical crossover at its most innovative. Performed at the Paris Philharmonic.

    CREDITS:

    Composed and arranged by Sami Yusuf
    French words: Thérèse de Lisieux
    Uzbek words: Alisher Navoi
    Arabic words: Suhrawardi
    Turkish words: Kaygusuz Abdal
    Performed at the Philharmonie de Paris

    THE SAMI YUSUF ENSEMBLE:
    Sami Yusuf: Composer & Director

    Sami Yusuf: Vocals and Oud
    Eyüpcan Açikpazu: Ney
    Huseyin Can Pala: Baglama
    Hasan Hekimoglu: Oud
    Ilyos Arabov: Vocalist
    Magsad Azizov: Balaban
    Mahyar Toreihi: Santoor
    Malik Mansurov: Tar
    Ömer Avci: Percussion
    Onur Cicin: Qanun
    Ruven Ruppik: Bass Darbuka, Riq and Woodblock
    Mohammad Jaberi: Daf

    SPECIALIST INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL SOLOISTS:
    Nabyla Maan: Vocals
    Guo Gan: Erhu
    Ballaké Sissoko: Kora
    Antoine Morinière: Classical Guitar
    Loriane LLorca: Organ
    Eléonore Fourniau: Hurdy Gurdy
    Nicolas Mackowiak: Harpsichord

    THE SCORING ORCHESTRA OF PARIS:

    Pierre-Adrien THÉO
    Isabelle THEO
    Jonathan GRIMBERT-BARRÉ

    Violins 1:
    Romuald Grimbert-Barré, first violin
    Florian Jourdan
    Clara Bourdeix
    Madeleine Athané
    Gladys Ledoux

    Violins 2:
    Michael Serra, lead violin
    Pauline Gillet
    Jérôme Merlet

    Violas:
    Maxence Grimbert-Barré, lead viola
    Valentine Garilli
    Axel Benedetti

    Cellos:
    Jérémie Billet, lead cello
    Aurore Montaulieu

    Contrabass:
    Benoît Levesque

    Percussions:
    Florie Fazio

    THE MÉTABOLES:
    Choir Director: Félix Benati
    Sopranos:
    Émilie Husson
    Anne-Claire Baconnais
    Clara Penalva

    Altos:
    Laura Muller
    Emmanuelle Monier
    Caroline Chassany

    Tenors:
    Steve Zheng
    Marco Van Baaren
    Jean-François Chiama
    Samuel Zattoni-Rouffy
    Benoît Porcherot
    Jérémie Couleau

    Basses:
    Laurent Bourdeaux
    Jean-Sébastien Nicolas
    Paul-Alexandre Dubois
    Jean-Michel Durang

    Mixed and Mastered by Vishnu Rajan
    Video Editing & Postproduction by Omar Al Balushi
    Graphic Design & Artwork: Hasan Kuchkarov

    Audio Editing & Premixing: Erdem Altinses & Amal Neehar

    Recording Engineer: Charles Alexandre Englebert

    FOH Engineer : Sachin Savio Dane

    Music Supervisor: Ruslan Salimov

    Executive Producer: Claire Mcrandal @ Astiana

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

    Special thanks to:
    Nicholas Boylston
    Ibrahim Tut
    Elouafi Mohammed

    PRODUCED BY TAKLIT PRODUCTION
    Nicolas Glady
    Natacha Loisel
    Patricia Johnston

    PHILHARMONIE DE PARIS:
    Production manager: Marine Hozer
    General stage manager: Arnaud Pierret
    Stage manager: Romuald Deschamps
    Lighting: Letang Philippe
    Sound engineers: Aumenier Fabien, Lafaurie Kéo, Martin Nicaud
    Audiovisual production director: Norman Delauné
    Video sound recording: Charles Alexandre Englebert
    Stage manager audiovisual: Mohamed Bendaoud
    Stage hand: Nicolas Jannel

    FUTUR ANTÉRIEUR PRODUCTIONS
    Managing director: Aymeric Isnard
    Producer: Gabriel Scialom
    Director: Colin Laurent
    Director of photography: Florence Levasseur
    Musical advisor: Carine Jeanton
    Camera operators: Isabelle Audigé, Philippe Bini, Quentin Dumas, François Perret, Christine Strazzeri

    TECHNICAL MEANS
    Manager: Nicolas Foulon
    Operations: Alexis Lemaire
    Equipment manager: Adrien Tessier
    Digital imaging technician: Stéphanie Gognies
    Video assistants: Enzo Lopez, Manon Habert, Eric Lecocq

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