Infinite Hope – Album Review – Amjad Ali Kahn & Rahim AlHaj

Infinite Hope CD

Amjad Ali Kahn & Rahim AlHaj are masters of their instruments, the Sarod and the Oud respectively. On this CD they bring Arabic and Indian music together and create something absolutely different and yet still familiar.

Infinite Hope CD

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Tracks / Composers:

1 – Virgin Earth / Ayaan Ali Kahn & Rahim AlHaj
2 – Innocent River / Ayaan Ali Kahn & Rahim AlHaj
3 – The Loving Mother / Amaan Ali Kahn & Rahim AlHaj
4 – Mystic Eternity / Amjad Ali Kahn & Rahim AlHaj
5 – Singing Soul / Amjad Ali Kahn & Rahim AlHaj
6 – Forgiving Plant / Rahim AlHaj
7 – Laughing Child / Amaan Ali Kahn & Rahim AlHaj

Credits:

Amjad Ali Khan – Composer, Sarod
Rahim AlHaj – Composer, Oud
Amaan Ali Khan – Composer, Sarod
Ayaan Ali Khan – Composer, Sarod
Prashant Trivedi: Tabla
Rakesh Bhardwaj: Percussions
Bubbi Negi: Chandra & Djembe
Parveen Sethi: Rythym Arrangement & Percussions
Parveen Sethi & Rakesh Bhardwaj: Rythymic Recitation
Sumit Babbar: Engineer
Mastering: Jon Gagan at Electric Company, Sante Fe, New Mexico
Cover Art: Larry Smith
© 2015 UR Music

Notes: While Issa Malluf is not mentioned in the credits, I’m pretty sure he played on the album. Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan are the sons of Amjad Ali Khan.

Review

This is the second album that Amjad Ali Kahn and Rahim AlHaj have collaborated on, the first being “Ancient Sounds” which was nominated for a Grammy in 2010. Five years on “Infinite Hope” also features Amjad Ali Khan’s two sons Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan along with an impressive percussion ensemble. (see credits)

One of the most impressive things about the album is the gentle and articulate percussion giving a beautiful canvas for the Oud and Sarod to paint their musical patterns. It is hard to pick out a stand-out track, but I really like “Forgiving Plant” with its vocalisations following the music line, plus I like the idea of forgiving plants.

Who would I recommend this album to? Anyone interested in Oud or Sarod playing, anyone wanting very relaxing late night atmospheric music to wind down to after a hectic day. The variety and depth of playing is astonishing, you can play the album many times and still hear something new and that is the beauty of the album, you can listen with intense concentration or just relax and let the music take you on a journey. These guys have created a masterpiece.

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Review – Jahloon – May 2016

What people say about the artists:

“I fell lucky to have heard Rahim AlHaj. His music is beautiful, mysterious and powerful. I’ve never heard anything like it. He’s an inspiration.” – Bill Frisell
“When Amjad Ali Kahn performs, he carries with him a deep human spirit, a warm feeling and a sense of caring.” – His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Links

rahimalhaj.com – Rahim AlHaj’s website

sarod.com – Amjad Ali Kahn’s website

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