Emam & Friends

Sacred Insanity - 2019

A World Beat album with influences from Jazz, Rock, Indian, Turkish, Eastern European, Spanish, New Age, Folk, and Devotional music.
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1) Dancing Fairies
(Emam)
This is one of my compositions that was originally in a fast 7 beat rhythm cycle and it was called Artichoke. Here it is performed in a 4/4 rhythm. The melody was composed for my friend Gari Hegedus (AKA Gary Haggerty).
Matthew Montfort
Guitar
Manose
Bamboo Flute
Sivamani
Drums
Moses Sedler
Cello
Emam
Nylon String Guitar
Narottama
Bass

2) Om Namah Shivay
(Jillian Speer)
This is Jillian's interpretation of the Sanskrit mantra Om Namah Shivay presented in a World Fusion style.
Jillian Speer
Vocals, Nylon String Guitar
Phil Baker
Bass
Matthew Montfort
Guitar
Kip Richardson
Drums
Emam
Tabla

3) Sacred Insanity
(Emam)
The title song of the album. 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 which is the last song on this album. 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

4) Angel Among Us
(Jillian Speer)
Another of of Jillian's beautiful songs dedicated to healers (angels) who live among us and help us heal our wounds.
Jillian Speer
Vocals, Nylon String Guitar
Geoffrey Castle
Violin
Tom Grant
piano
Phil Baker
Bass
Emam
Dumbak
Kip Richardson
Drums

5) Spanish Trance Part I
(Traditional)
This is a traditional Spanish song presented here in a completely new style which is Jillian's interpretation.
Emam
Tabla
Jillian Speer
Vocals, Nylon String Guitar

6) Smile My Friend
(Emam)
Another song I composed 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.
Emam
Tabla
Moses Sedler
Cello
Gari Hegedus
Oud, Mandocello

7) Gayatri
(Jillian Speer)
This is Jillian's interpretation of another powerful Sanskrit mantra known as the Gayatri Mantra presented in a World Fusion style. Gayatri Mantra is a highly revered mantra from the Rig Veda.
Jillian Speer
Vocals, Nylon String Guitar
Tom Grant
Piano
Phil Baker
Bass
Matthew Montfort
Guitar
Emam
Tabla
Kip Richardson
Drums

8) Gypsy Song
(Traditional)
This is Gari's interpretation if a Turkish traditional gypsy song presented here with the addition of the Indian tabla. It is in a fast 7 beat rhythm cycle.
Emam
Tabla
Gari Hegedus
Oud, Violin

9) Spanish Trance Part II
(Traditional)
Another presentation of the same Spanish song from track #5, here it is presented instrumentally in a World Fusion style.
Jillian Speer
Nylon String Guitar
Phil Baker
Bass
Matthew Montfort
Guitar
Emam
Tabla
Kip Richardson
Drums

10) The Rejected
(Jillian Speer)
Another one of Jillian's wonderful compositions dedicated to the unseen and untouchable people who live among us.
Jillian Speer
Vocals, Nylon String Guitar
Geoffrey Castle
Violin
Phil Baker
Bass
Emam
Dumbak
Kip Richardson
Drums

11) Tinkers Dance
(Traditional)
Gari's interpretation of a traditional Macedonian folk song. This song was the inspiration behind my composition Smile My Friend (track # 6 on this album). It is also in a fast 5 rhythm cycle.
Emam
Tabla
Matthew Montfort
Guitar
Gari Hegedus
Oud, Mandocello

12) Dance of the Hermit
(Emam)
If a hermit was do dance, this is the kind of music I imagine they would dance to! This is in an Indian classical rhythm cycle called Matta Tal. The song goes through 4 different complete changes: starts with an Indian classical vocal section, then to a Jazz improve section, then back to an Indian classical section with the Bansuri and finally back to Jazz!
Manose
Bansuri
George Brooks
Sax
Sivamani
Drums
Shabda Kahn
Vocals
Matthew Montfort
Guitar
Moses Sedler
Cello
Emam
Tabla
Gari Hegedus
Oud

Produced by Emam for Eternal Music.
Published by Emam & Friends - (BMI).
Album notes by Emam.
Mandalas created by Emahmn - MagicMandala.net.
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