Emam & Friends

Best Of - Vol I: 1994-2009
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Best of Emam & Friends albums from 1994 to 2009:
Indian Dream
Is This Real?
Instruments of Devotion
Sacred Insanity
Voices of the Goddess
Jai Ganesha
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1) Sacred Insanity
(Emam)
The title song of the album "Sacred Insanity". The name comes from the insane rhythm cycle of the song! These melodies were originally composed in a 9 beat (or 18) rhythm cycle which is subdivided 4+4+4+6. That version is called Dance of the Hermit. Here we do the same melodies, except instead of three 4 beat phrases, we use 5 beat phrases, which makes it 5+5+5+6 (21)!
Sivamani
drums
George Brooks
sax
Matthew Montfort
guitar
Emam
tabla
Moses Sedler
cello

2) Maha Maya - Part I
(Emam)
A "Chill out" piece perfect for quiet moments.
A nice change after the sacredly insane!
From the album "Is This Real?"
Matthew Montfort
guitar
Leroy Critcher
electric guitar
Paul Grant
santur
Emam
nylon string guitar

3) Peace Please
(Emam)
Eastern Europe meets middle East in India!
A masterful violin solo by Zoltan over a middle eastern groove
created by Emam using dumbak, tabla, and by Taufiq on timbale.
From the album "Indian Dream".
Zoltán Lantos
violin
Taufiq Qureshi
timbale
Naushad Ahmed
tabla
Emam
tabla, dumbak
Babu Lal
dholak

4) Jai Ganesha
(Emam)
A song dedicated to the elephant headed deity "Lord Ganesh",
son of "Lord Shiva".
It brings together Indian classical music with Eastern European and Middle Eastern music.
Mukesh Sharma
sarod
Asif Ali Khan
sarangi
Moses Sedler
cello
Taufiq Qureshi
dumbak
Emam
dumbak, percussion
Dave Lewis
drums

5) Come to Poland - Bansuri Mix
(Emam)
Written for my ex who used to keep asking me to "Come to Poland" when we first met!
From the album "Jai Ganesh".
Mukesh Sharma
sarod
Deepak Ram
bansuri
Asif Ali Khan
sarangi
Indu Prakash
vocals
Robert Szydło
bass
Dave Lewis
drums
Emam
tabla

6) Oh Mata
(Trad/Adapt.Emam)
A devotional melody dedicated to the Divine Mother.
It is a kirtan song popular with the devotees of Maha Avatar Babaji.
From the album "Instruments of Devotion".
Zoltán Lantos
violin
Naushad Ahmed
tabla
Emam
dumbak
Matlub Hussain Khan
sitar
Sami Khan
sarod
Ravi Rohtgi
dholak

7) Step into Your Future - Part 1
(Emam)
A two part futuristic song packed with improvisations by
Deepak on bansuri and Zoltan on the violin.
From the album "Jai Ganesh".
Zoltán Lantos
violin
Deepak Ram
bansuri
Kai Eckhardt
bass
Artur Dutkiewicz
keyboards
Emam
tabla, percussion
Dave Lewis
drums

8) Step into Your Future - Part 2
(Emam)
A two part futuristic song packed with improvisations by
Deepak on bansuri and Zoltan on the violin.
From the album "Jai Ganesh".
Zoltán Lantos
violin
Deepak Ram
bansuri
Kai Eckhardt
bass
Artur Dutkiewicz
keyboards
Emam
tabla, percussion
Dave Lewis
drums

9) Artichoke
(Emam)
A song written for Gari who used to own a music store in
Portland (OR), called "Artichoke Music".
From the album "Is This Real?".
Emam
tabla
Geoff Johns
dumbak
Gari Hegedus
oud

10) Ode to Zanko
(Emam)
Originally created as a lullaby, written for my partner at the time
who's initials were "KML" (see last song on this album) while we lived on a street called "Zanko".
Eventually, we recorded this version which is upbeat and groovy!
Also ended up changing the name.
From the album "Voices of the Goddess".
Irina Mikhailova
lead vocals
Suzanne Sterling
vocals
Tytus Wojnowicz
oboe
Kai Eckhardt
bass
Matthew Montfort
guitar
Gari Hegedus
oud
Emam
bayan, ghatam

11) Dancing Fairies
(Emam)
The same melodies as the piece Artichoke which is
in a fast 7 beat rhythm cycle. Here it is performed in a 4/4 rhythm.
From the album "Sacred Insanity".
Matthew Montfort
guitar
Manose
bamboo flute
Sivamani
drums
Moses Sedler
cello
Emam
nylon string guitar
Narottama
bass

12) Smile My Friend
(Emam)
Another song written for my friend Gari Hegedus
who brings it to life with his amazing oud and mandocello.
The addition of Moses Sedler on the cello is the icing on the cake!
It is in a fast 5 (or 10) rhythm cycle.
From the album "Sacred Insanity".
Emam
tabla
Moses Sedler
cello
Gari Hegedus
oud, mandocello

13) Think of Me
(Emam & Suzanne)
Lyrics by Suzanne Sterling & Emam:
Think of me and I'll be there,
I'll be there to heal you.
Think of me and I'll be there,
I'll be there to feel you.

When the wind is blowing,
When the day is long,
When your heart is yearning,
When you dream of home,

Think of me.............

Think of me, when the sun stops shining,
Think of me, when the lightning strikes.
I am near as the breath you're breathing,
Think of me, I'll be by your side.

Think of me.............
I'll be there to feel you.
I'll be there to feel you.
Suzanne Sterling
vocals
Kai Eckhardt
bass
Matthew Montfort
guitar
Steve Robertson
drums
Emam
ghatam, nylon string guitar

14) With All Your Heart
(Emam)
Lyrics by Emam:
Sing to the Spirit, with all your heart
with all your heart, with all your heart.
Suzanne Sterling
vocals
Kai Eckhardt
bass
Matthew Montfort
guitar
Steve Robertson
drums
Moses Sedler
cello
Emam
ghatam, dumbak, percussion

15) KML
(Emam)
A lullaby dedicated to my dear friend Kathleen who's initials are KML.
Two tracks of nylon string guitar playing the simple melodies and the twelve string guitar providing the harmony. The added voices create a dreamy effect.
From the album "Indian Dream".
Turkantam
12 string guitar
Emam
nylon string guitar
Farhad Dadyburjor
keyboard (voices)

All compositions by Emam,
except #6 Trad./Adapt. by Emam.
Produced by Emam for
Eternal Music.
Published by Emam & Friends - (BMI).
© Emam
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