Out Now: When Paths Meet Volume 2

Posted on February 29th, 2024

Sami Yusuf’s new album, When Paths Meet Volume 2 takes the British musician’s compositional voice to new heights. From its luminous vision to its virtuoso execution, Sami Yusuf’s When Paths Meet Volume 2 is unparalleled in its depth and breadth. Launched at the majestic Philharmonie de Paris, these six groundbreaking compositions bring together Western classical music, performed by The Scoring Orchestra of Paris and The Métaboles de Paris, and The Sami Yusuf Ensemble,  music of North and West Africa delivered stunningly by soloists Nabyla Maan of Morocco and Ballaké Sissoko of Mali, and traditional music from China, Central Asia and the Middle East, performed brilliantly by The Sami Yusuf Ensemble.

Intricate rhythms, sensuous melodies, and unexpected connections are heard at every turn. Transitioning seamlessly from the Baroque world to the mughams of Central Asia, from Andalusian mawwals to the plaintive and tender melodies of the Chinese erhu, Sami Yusuf’s works speak a language of parallels, connections, and hidden depths.  Here music speaks in one voice across borders; here the Arabic baladi rhythm perfectly underlies baroque geometrical melodies; and here the Turkic segah makam eloquently echoes the Western scale. But make no mistake, this is not the music of fusion, not the music of compromise. Here the artistic ethos of each tradition shines in its own light. That ethos is recognised and echoed in the sounds of other traditions, in different ways, in different tones and rhythms, but always in its full beauty and significance. What Sami Yusuf does in his ‘When Paths Meet’ compositions, only a master of these musical genres can do. These seemingly disparate instruments and voices are woven together in a soundscape so rich, so unique in their connection, that it leaves the audience entranced by a heightened awareness of the pathways that can bring us all to a place of meeting.

Listen Now: When Paths Meet Vol. 2

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