Sibarg Ensemble / Cipher
Album: Cipher   Collection:World
Artist:Sibarg Ensemble   Added:May 2018
Label:Self Release  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2018-05-14 Pull Date: 2018-07-16 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Jul 15 Jul 8 Jul 1 Jun 17 Jun 10 Jun 3 May 27 May 20
Airplays: 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2

Recent Airplay
1. Aug 04, 2021: ad hoc variety show (rebroadcast from Jul 17, 2018)
Faryad, Deylaman, Four Parts
4. Jul 14, 2018: the acupuncture hour
Cipher, Sari Galin, Azal
2. Jul 24, 2021: At the Cafe Bohemian (rebroadcast from Jun 14, 2018)
5. Jul 08, 2018: Gong Songs
Sari Galin
3. Jul 17, 2018: ad hoc variety show
Faryad, Deylaman, Four Parts
6. Jul 07, 2018: Music Casserole

Album Review
Margy Kahn
Reviewed 2018-05-10
Music composed for both Iranian and Western audiences originally played by students at the Tehran Conservatory of Music; now based in the U.S, the Sibarg Ensemble combines jazz, classical, and traditional Iranian music; each piece is a real mixture of styles and influences; similar in concept to the Kurdish Hawniyaz but more experimental and spikier with lyrics mostly based on classical Persian poetry rather than folk tunes; very much in the Persian tradition of marrying poetry with music; all tracks are worth playing

NO FCC's; Favorite tracks: 2, 6

1-Azal-6:49 – intro sounds like western contemporary classical then rhythm kicks in with piano, drums, bass, strings—piano repeats motif as bass and violin and maybe kamanche noodle around; more than halfway through vocalist comes in with the words from a poem by Omar Khayyam; kamanche comes to the fore; abrupt end

*2—Sari Galin –8:57 – Eastern flavor from the beginning with tar; devolves into improv with tar and then violin holding down the melody based on a folk tune sung in Farsi and Armenian; vocals start almost halfway through; instrumental bridge with piano chords modulating under bass fiddle and then singer comes back

3-- Cipher –6:28 – faster paced; Iranian motif leads off; singer has traditional vibrato; interesting mixing of vocal textures with jazz piano and Middle Eastern bowed instruments; words from a poem by Rumi

4-Four Parts—6:59 – bass and percussion lead off here, piano comes in; sounds a bit like a traditional dance then devolves into extended improvisation with double bass and instrument that sounds like a santour (although not listed on the album); vocalist comes in quite late as the other instruments play with him; words from a poem by Fereydoon Moshiri

5—Deylaman –5:01 – starts with bass-- a bit desultory with percussive effects and tar; presumably to create the right atmosphere for the Sa'adi poem which follows

**6-- Faryad – 9:21 – much faster rhythm based on a Kurdish melody with words from a poem by Hafez-- slows down a quarter of the way through as piano and other instruments play improvisations; vocalist comes in about halfway through; a bit dreamy

Track Listing
1. Azal   4. Four Parts
2. Sari Galin   5. Deylaman
3. Cipher   6. Faryad