Sadie Harrison: The Rosegarden of Light

Sadie Harrison: The Rosegarden of Light

Since its foundation in 2010, the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul has been working small miracles. Its students – among them orphans, street vendors and other disadvantaged children – play both western and traditional Afghan instruments in groups which include a ground-breaking girls’ ensemble. On this album, the fruit of a remarkable collaborative project, they meet the US string sextet Cuatro Puntos. In Sadie Harrison’s Gulistan-e Nur: The Rosegarden of Light, they perform Afghan songs and dances which Harrison’s music then explores and develops. Kevin Bishop’s arrangements of Afghan tunes likewise link east and west in a visionary venture celebrating the power of music to transform lives as it also revives and rebuilds Afghan musical traditions.

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ANIM Junior Ensemble of Traditional Instruments
Kevin Bishop, viola
Ensemble Zohra
Cuatro Puntos

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Catalogue No: TOCC0342
EAN/UPC: 5060113443427
Release Date: 01.06.2016
Composer: Sadie Harrison
Artists: ANIM Junior Ensemble of Traditional Instruments, Cuatro Puntos, Ensemble Zohra, Kevin Bishop

Listen To This Recording:

    Ustad Mohammed Omar

  1. Arghawan (‘The Judas Tree’)
  2. Sadie Harrison

  3. Dast be Dast: ‘Allah Hu’ (‘This is God’) (2014)
  4. Sadie Harrison: Gulistan-e Nur: The Rosegarden of Light (2015)

  5. I Bahar-e Nastaran-bihag Interlude I
  6. II Bahar-e Nastaran-bihag Movement I
  7. III ShIrin dokhtar-e maldar III Interlude II
  8. IV ShIrin dokhtar-e maldar Movement II
  9. V Watan Jan Interlude III
  10. VI Watan Jan Movement III
  11. Traditional Afghan

  12. Qataghani Folksong
  13. Ustad Salim Sarmast

  14. Ay Shakhe Gul (‘Oh Flower Branch’) (1950) arr. Kevin Bishop (2015)
  15. Traditional Afghan

  16. Logari Folksong
  17. Pesta Faros (‘The Pistachio Seller’) arr. Kevin Bishop (2015)
  18. Ghunchai-e-Sorkh (‘Red Rosebud’)

1 review for Sadie Harrison: The Rosegarden of Light

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    5 out of 5


    I came back last night from one of the dates on the ‘Rosegarden’ tour with – of course – a copy of the CD. It is – and the concert was – a fascinating listen. Utterly committed performers, some crafty arrangements by violist Kevin Bishop, and at the heart of the project the Harrison work. It alternates field recordings from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul with responses to those pieces, played live by the American string sextet Cuatro Puntos. There was a reference in the programme to pieces being ‘culturally bilingual’, which I found helpful. The ‘Western” musicians reference the Afghan originals without patronising them, and the original material is strong enough for the themes to be clearly discernible in Harrison’s treatments.
    The ensemble has a double bass rather than a second cello: that makes for immense richness at times. But filigree sounds are there too. The viola solo ‘Allah-Hu’ is a gem, beautifully played by Bishop.
    This is music of great beauty and power, with moments of foot-tapping energy. All involved with the project are committed to the ANIM institute. The tour isn’t over – they’re worth tracking down. If it’s too late for that, get the CD and crank up the volume!

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