Drifting East | Songs & Melodies of Afghanistan

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Songs & Melodies of Afghanistan

by Drifting East

Drifting East is inspired by the fascinating musical tradition of Afghanistan. With a fusion of unlikely instruments, we combine central Asian folk and traditional melodies with Western harmonies and influences.
Genre: World: Middle East Traditional
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1. Improvisation
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2. Khandarez
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3. Agar Bahar Biyayad
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4. Hamaja Dokani Rang Ast
5:37 $0.99
5. Love Song from Herat
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6. Teental
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7. Anar Anar
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8. Mughuli
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9. Ay Sarban
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10. Az Ghamat Ay Nazaneen
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Album Notes
As fate would have it, our paths first crossed in Kabul, Afghanistan. At the time, Avery was teaching cello at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. Every year, the Institute invites performers and teachers from around the world to a special Winter Music Academy held in Kabul. Kim Mai and Eman were among the artists selected to visit in 2012. Avery knew Kim Mai from before, but it was there, in Kabul, that the three of us met and performed together for the first time.

Violist Kim Mai was born and raised in Paris, France. Ethnically Vietnamese, her parents fled the war in Vietnam and ended up in France. After graduating from conservatory in Paris, She moved to New York to pursue her studies at the Juilliard School. An enthusiastic advocate for arts education and social change through music, she has led projects abroad including workshops and cultural diplomacy visits to Asia, Central American and the Caribbean. During her trip to Kabul, she fell in love with the haunting melodies and driving rhythms of Afghanistan.

Tabla artist Eman was born in Afghanistan and immigrated to the United States at a young age. He remains deeply connected to Afghanistan through family, culture and the deeply-rooted musical traditions. He is heir to a musical legacy which goes back generations, originating from the legendary musicians neighborhood in Kabul called “Kharabat”. Eman currently lives in Fremont, CA, where he is an active performer with many Afghan and North Indian Classical artists.

After graduating from Juilliard in 2012, Cellist Avery moved to Afghanistan in search of deeper truths about music. Feeling a strong need to escape the New York classical music world, he wanted to open his eyes and ears to new worlds, sounds, and experiences. Afghanistan changed his life in many ways, but most powerfully, through music. Using his background in Western music theory and composition, Avery started arranged Afghan folk music with a twist. And with Drifting East, Avery started tailoring his arrangements to this very unique ensemble.

Our debut CD, Songs and Melodies of Afghanistan, is kind of a miracle. First of all, we never anticipated ending up in the San Francisco Bay Area. We thought our performances in Kabul, were a one-time thing, but soon after Avery and Mai moved to the Bay Area, we started rehearsing and performing together. We come from very different backgrounds, but through both our unique and shared experiences of Afghanistan, we connect very deeply through this music.

This album is dedicated to the proud Afghan musicians who continue making music in spite of everything.

For more information, visit us at www.driftingeastmusic.com.



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