jazzy mixed music
compositions on Babak-o-Doestan’s most recent album ‘Restless’ bring together
an exotic mix of jazz, fado, Turkish, Balkan and Iranian musical styles.
and melancholy, passion and tension, buoyancy and enthusiasm - all are important
elements of this ensemble’s presence and unique sound. Oriental melodies
shimmer through the jazz harmonies, built into typical Turkish and Iranian time
measures. The lyrics originate from Iranian poets both old and contemporary,
including the singer/guitarist Babak Amiri himself.
What’s unique about this group is the
instrumentation - Spanish guitar, daf, cajón, cello, bass guitar and piano -
and the way the musicians form a creative unity on stage. A Babak-o-Doestan
performance is an experience of foreign and yet familiar sounding music styles
and improvisations. It’s music that embraces you with
warmth, played by musicians who know how to get the most out of their instruments.
That’s why a reviewer of the new album recently advised readers: Buy,
borrow or steal it - or put it on your wish list for Christmas!