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Sami Yusuf - A Timeless Presence (Full)

Sami Yusuf

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Published on Mar 16, 2020
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Azerbaijan: A Timeless Presence is a tribute, woven of mystical poetry and music arising from the depths of memory, to a land whose spirit stands outside of time. The music was composed, arranged and directed by Sami Yusuf for the Opening Ceremony of the 43rd Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Baku in June 2019. With fifty-seven highly skilled musicians under his direction, Sami Yusuf makes full use of the complex musical language of traditional modal systems to create a narrative in sound. The album features traditional instruments including the tar, the kamancha, and the haunting sound of the balaban. Running through every piece is a thread connecting past to present to future. In honouring the rich legacy of Azerbaijan, the composer celebrates all those traditions that still find their visionary expression in the unique artistic languages of the peoples who embody them.


Musical Director & Composer: Sami Yusuf
Creative Producer & Director: Andrei Boltenko


Vocal: Sami Yusuf
Vocal: Sevda Alekperzadeh
Tar: Sahib Pashazade
Ashik Vocal: Samira Aliyeva
Oud: Mirjavad Jafarova
Qanun: Chinara Qeydarova
Kemancheh: Toghrul Asadullayev
Balaban: Shirzad Fataliyev
Nagara: Kamran Karimov
Mugham Vocal: Tayyar Bayramov
Mugham Vocal: Kanan Bayramli

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Mixed & Mastered by Vishnu Rajan @ Andante Studios
Video editing and post-production by Omar Al-Balushi @ Andante Studios

Lighting Designer: Yury Krasilnikov
Set Designer: Denis Lishchenko
Video Content Designer: Alexander Yaichnikov
Video Content Production: Raketa Media
TV Director: Alex Boltenko
Director of Photography: Andrei Kvardakov

Executive Producers: Sergey Gromov, Elruz Fatiyev

Event Production: Peachline Advertising

Commissioned by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Published by Andante Records & Administered by Fairwood Music (UK) Ltd for the World

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