|From calming meditative strains of ancient folk song to invigorating, provocative rhythms of festive dance medley, EASTERN WINDS soar gracefully over the music of Armenia, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Listeners who allow themselves to be swept up in these currents are equally rewarded and challenged. The collection of pieces on this CD offers a faithful representation of traditional melodies with specifics origins, yet the innovative treatment and original arrangement of the material is a testament to the universality of the music.
Musicians include: Ara Topouzian (kanun, clarinet, lead vocal on Hey Valla), Ben Temkow (violin, acoustic guitar, lead vocal on Erinaki), Doug Shimmin (acoutis guitar, bouzouki, bass,background vocals), and Mark Sawasky (percussion, background vocals)
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