Come Together: Sina Sarlak – Yekist

Israel, the country where I live, is a constant war zone.
Every time elections takes place, the right wingers are performing the usual international right wingers shtick – scare people to death about ‘the enemy’. When you talk about Jewish population, scaring them to death is not a hard task, history tells horror stories.

So now, elections time again, the current PM Netanyaho is all about ‘yeah, there are
problems but the biggest of them all is the Iranian nuclear bomb’. Forgive me for not spending more time in this post commenting on this nonsense.

Sina Sarlak - Yekist

However, it did drive me to listen to a lot of persian music in the last several of days and I got stuck on this beautiful album by Sina Sarlak (feat. Mohammad Bateni) – Yekist.
Music is created by people, for people. If they try to separate us, we should do our best to come closer to each other. Iranians release music, Israelis listen. No reason for it to be different.

Yekist is an all traditional Persian music album, mostly instrumentals though some vocals appear. I don’t know much about Sarlak or Bateni or any additional info about this album, but the music itself is just so beautiful.
The Persian tradition has brought so much beauty to the world, and the music is no exception. It’s full of drama and passion, even erotic at times.
If you’re not familiar with Persian music, you may want to try it out, this album is a good introduction to the tradition, it’s pretty light, a small group of players.
The album is available on all digital stores/streaming services.

For further reading about Persian culture and other middle east art, check out the awesome Reorient blog)

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Martin Taylor – Last Train to Hauteville

I recently came across a really beautiful album by English guitarist Martin Taylor.
The album, Last Train to Hautevill,  was released on 2010 and it’s one the best feel-good albums I’ve heard lately.
Taylor is known for his fingerstyle guitar playing and his catchy melodies, and this album is no different.

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The album’s theme is in a way Martin’s tribute to the legendary guitar player Django Reinhardt, godfather of the gypsy-jazz if you will, and it is just the perfect soundtrack for a laid-back afternoon drive or wine sipping on the balcony.

With Jack Emblow’s accordion and Alan Barnes on Sax and Clarinet (among other fine musicians in the band), they create an easy-going light traveler jazzy album that takes you to a trip in French vineyards and distant villages where you can buy bread and deep it in a superb olive oil and vinegar .

Unfortunately I couldn’t find any youtube clips with album tracks but if you’ll visit Martin’s website, you’ll be able to listen there, or go to the Spotify album page here.
Fun times throughout the album and a good break from reality.

 

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Mixtape: The Sand and The Stones

Yair Yona Mixtape - The Sand and The Stones

The Sand and the Stones by Yair Yona on Mixcloud

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