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Silent Whispers

by Kaveh Karandish

Genre: World: Persian contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Silent Whispers (feat. Farzin Farhadi)
Kaveh Karandish
5:36 $0.99
2. Southern Sunrise
Kaveh Karandish
4:28 $0.99
3. Passion Dance
Kaveh Karandish
3:51 $0.99
4. My Dream (feat. Mazy Karandish)
Kaveh Karandish
5:07 $0.99
5. Kaveh and Sherif (feat. Sherif Sherifov)
Kaveh Karandish
3:11 $0.99
6. Moments (feat. Sherif Sherifov)
Kaveh Karandish
4:13 $0.99
7. Sunset Sparrows (feat. Eric Zang)
Kaveh Karandish
3:56 $0.99
8. Zaagros Zephyr (feat. Mazy Karandish & Eric Zang)
Kaveh Karandish
5:04 $0.99
9. Delicate Dreams (feat. Mazy Karandish & Eric Zang)
Kaveh Karandish
3:33 $0.99
10. Shiraz Nights (feat. Mazy Karandish)
Kaveh Karandish
4:43 $0.99
11. Traveler
Kaveh Karandish
4:00 $0.99
12. Desert Dance (feat. Eric Zang)
Kaveh Karandish
4:06 $0.99
13. Jaan E Jaanaan
Kaveh Karandish & Mazy Karandish
4:49 $0.99
14. Golden Dreams (Variation)
Kaveh Karandish
3:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
Kaveh was born in 1976 in Shiraz; the Persian city of poetry & music. He started keyboard and piano studies at an early age. At age 17 he was deeply touched by the magical combination of piano, bass and drums of some contemporary recording and music became an important part of his life ever since. After years of classical piano as a teenager and winning numbers of piano competitions, he revealed his love and passion for creating by composing orchestral music with grandiose ambitions. After immigrating to California at age 23, he devoted much of his time to studying composition,orchestration & film music at different music institutions including Cal-state Long Beach.

Kaveh has benefited from many great musicians such as Shardad Rohani, Perry LaMarca, Daniel Luzko, (the late) Babak Bayat and many others both in Iran and the USA and has collaborated with many musicians from different parts of the world. He arranged his original composition “Eternity” for the Irvine Valley College wind symphony in 2001. He also collaborated with Orchestra Surreal for a concert featuring his original music in 2003 in Long Beach, California. Both performances were essential experiences to propel him towards future endeavors.

Kaveh celebrates passion & freedom through his music. Over time his compositions have evolved into a unique blend of ethnic and western vibes that manifests as a fresh sound of the Persian contemporary music. Kaveh also enjoys odd rhythms and blending different music cultures. In one of his signature works titled “Shadow Dance” for instance, one can hear a marriage of Persian 4-Mezrab piano with theMediterranean 7/8 rhythm and the Indian color of Sitar and Turkish Udo along with the western sounds of electronic guitar and the orchestra. This work has been widely appreciated by world music enthusiasts. In his previous album “Rain”, the idea was to compose in different styles which ranged from newage, jazz & bossanova to hints of flamenco and Persian classical music.

His most recent album “Silent Whispers” (Released Oct 2017) is a collaborative effort with number of world-class musicians and Grammy-nominated producer and arranger Elliot Lanam. This album once again manifests Kaveh’s powerful sonic dreams surpassing boundaries and cultures by blending different elements of musical styles with his devotion to his homeland music. At the same time this album contains some of his most intimate and emotionally filled piano-based works. He is very excited about sharing this musical collection to his fans worldwide.

He has also been a great enthusiast of film music and has enjoyed scoring numbers of short films along with parts of the soundtracks for the documentary ” Iran, the forgotten glory”. A work by his late beloved brother Makan Karandish.

Kaveh’s music reveals his love and passion for his homeland folk-music and represents his effort for writing passionate music for those who seek deep and influential music.

He simply believes in the Persian proverb that reads: “what stems from the heart will affect the heart of the audience. ”

Besides musical ambitions, Kaveh holds an MD degree & has been a practicing internal medicine and cosmetic physician since 2009. He now resides & practices music & medicine in Arizona. He is grateful for the ultimate unconditional love, support and encouragement he received from his family throughout the years.



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Elliot Lanam

CD Remarks
I have been fortunate enough to work on hundreds of albums over the last ten years and I can easily say this was one of my favorite records I've ever worked on. There are so many elements to this record that make it shine, from the outstanding musicianship to the beautiful compositions and authenticity to culture. The brainchild of composer and pianist Kaveh Karandish, this record is a spectacle of tradition meeting modern-day production, all while encompassing the listener in emotion and entrancement. His communication style translates through his music evoking feelings of passion, romance, despondence, and inspiration. This very inspiration is what drove the production on the album - harnessing Karandish's creative vision and reinforcing the emotion he expresses. Each song tells a story, but the beauty of the record is that the story is different for every listener.

With an eclectic range of instrumentation, Karandish's record utilizes a wide spectrum of musicality, from sitars to kavals, flutes to ouds - each offering their own texture and musicianship to accompany it. Bringing in professionals from around the globe, each song features multiple musicians, making it truly a world record. In regards to the compositions, Karandish's progressions do not abide by the limits of standards or tradition - his voice flows through his hands in progressions that are unbound by normality or predicatability. He constantly keeps the listener on their toes, teaching them to always expect the unexpected.

This album evolves with time, parallel with Karandish's compositions, to reach a sense of fulfillment and embodiment by the end of the record. He teaches us to grow as not only listeners, but as participants in life through love, family, and friendship. Music is just one of the mediums for this expression and through inspiration and focus, we can grow as humans to better understand one another's feeling and emotion. Karandish perfectly captures this translation in his music, opening our ears, heart, and mind to be more than just listeners - but participants as well.

Keep an eye out for more beautiful music to come from Kaveh Karandish and enjoy the record that we put our love and emotion into!

Elliott Lanam
- Producer, Mixing and Mastering Engineer -

James A. Cox

Wisconsin Bookwatch
The Music CD Shelf:
Silent Whispers is an instrumental album featuring the piano music of Iranian-American immigrant Kaveh Karandish, enriched with the collaboration of additional world-class musicians. Brimming with passion and Karandish's genius talent for blending elements from different musical traditions and cultures, Silent Whsipers is glorious, life-affirming, and profoundly inspirational. Highly recommended, especially for connoisseurs of quality original instrumental music. The tracks are "Silent Whispers", "Southern Sunrise", "Passion Dance", "My Dream", "Kaveh & Sherif", "Moments", "Sunset Sparrows", "Zaagros Zephyr", "Delicate Dreams", "Shiraz Nights", "Traveler", "Desert Dance", "Jaan e Jaanaan", and "Golden Dreams (Variation)".

Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music Radio
The contemporary instrumental genre is as strong as I have ever known it, but the quality seems to have exploded into a cacophony of utter brilliance lately and with Silent Whispers by Kaveh Karandish, that explosion has revealed a brand new dimension of class and quality within. This is one of the most fascinating albums I have listened to for a long while, it crosses boundaries and creates new realms with ease, so let’s take a voyage of splendour with the artist as we ride the sultry waves of tone with Silent Whispers.
The opening pathway is manifested by the title track itself and is simply one of the most divine pieces I have listened to for ages, cinematic, passionate and powerful. Silent Whispers is one of those classic compositions that will live for eons in the annals of musical genius.
Southern Sunrise has that delightful gentle refrain that all good pianists can provide when on top of their game. A light finger snap, a soothing bass line and an increasing percussive beat adding itself to a magical piano vibe that manifests one of the best tracks off the album.
Passion Dance is a completely different style of composition, it has a certain Middle Eastern ethic to its overall feel, but also a little latent rock energy as well; the guitar and bass both added a whole new level of movement to the piece. Karandish on piano was exceptional and created the narrative for us to all dance to, with such a sublime skill and with great ease.
We now move to one of the most creative offerings on the album entitled My Dream. The light percussion here was so delicate and rhythmic, while the symphonic splendour of the piece really shone through. The Oud here was simply spectacular and played superbly by Maz Karandish. The air of mystery on this track and the smooth performance by all concerned made this a total winner in my book.
The brass construction and silky nature about Kaveh and Sherif was a treat to bathe in, the slight Jazz motif was so very pleasing to behold, and this has to be one of the easiest and laid back pieces off the release, simply enchanting to dream within.
The bright and light offering of Moments is up next, the piano and percussion and multi instrumentation go to create a truly addictive slice of a global world vibe that is supreme in its musical textures. It has to be said that the piano of Karandish is simply outstanding here, and as the waves role up to the shoreline we can sit in awe of an utterly classic composition.
We have now reached the half way juncture and come across a composition of true emotive meaning called Sunset Sparrows. One is always utterly moved when thinking about the passing of one’s father; I am to this day with the passing of mine, and here Karandish composes this piece to remember the inspiration and love that was shared by this incredible bond, a reflective piece, but one that contains an everlasting beauty deep within the weave.
So now we begin our decline towards the outer rim of this realm of musical greatness called Silent Whispers by Kaveh Karandish and we now arrive at a musical doorway marked Zaagros Zephyr. Interestingly enough I have come across this several time now and I believe that it (Zephyr) can mean the wind, or west wind. The charming nature of this piece is so redolent to the subject matter and one can feel the energy and the winds of change on our faces with this empowering composition and with Zaagros being a mountain in Iran, the vista is manifested and suggested with sublime brilliance.
Delicate Dreams has softness about its energy that is so very appealing and makes the offering extremely easy to listen to, pay close attention to how the piano of Karandish and the multi instrumentational nature of this piece all marry so well into a symbiotic relationship of a musical quality of cleverness.
After a little research I found that Shiraz Nights would have a poignant meaning for the artist, after all it is his home town in Iran. Here his brother Maz also joins him on Sitar and Oud this time, to manifest a real family affair of a composition. This is a really lively Middle Eastern piece that has a wonderful combination of fun and dance built perfectly into the weave of the piece.
We now move into the depths of the album and we find an interesting, but incredibly fluent opus entitled Traveler. Natural sounds, a distant storm and an emotive piano, all go to making up one of the most memorable and emotional pieces of the release. I have listened to this track a few times now, and I find such a well of expressive sensitivity here, one that I just know you will appreciate.
Desert Dance is exactly what it says on the can, and is not to dissimilar in style to some of the village music you will hear, here in Cyprus. Lively, exciting and thoroughly fun all the way, a perfectly placed light-hearted reverie just when it was needed.
Now for the only piece off the album that contains vocals and the composer tasks his brother (Maz) with this occasion, for those of you who are aware of the 13th century mystic and poet Rumi, then you may recollect that the lyrics come curtsey of his works. Jaan E Jaanaan is a truly respectful and gentle composition that we can collectively enjoy in peace and harmony together.
We now move and stand in front of the last portal of this musical oasis created by Kaveh Karandish, it is called Golden Dreams. I must say that this is a beautiful piece with which to end the project, the gentle sea rolling up to the shore as a golden sunset drifts slowly below the horizon, tracks like this you could listen to on repeat for hours.
Silent Whispers by Kaveh Karandish is an album of great natural beauty and skill, the work ethic and time that must have gone into this collection of songs is vast and impressive. Karandish has to be applauded for bringing into the world an album of such quality and style and I have no doubt that the listeners and fans alike will love every second of it.

Vivek Kumar

Album Review: Silent Whispers by Kaveh Karandish
A true fusion album, there are 14 songs and the second-last one has Iranian vocals too. There are tracks that showcase various artists and instruments including flute, Sitar, etc.

Because of the speed and tempo with which almost all the tracks are composed, a listener can expect to experience the exhilaration similar to a roller coaster ride. It is on the 11th track that you will have a slow tempo.

If you are used to listening to the solo piano music, expect a total shift from that approach as this album shows a completely different aspect of the instrument. Kaveh has done a fabulous job by creating such an album because it has a lot to offer to the listener.

My personal favorite is the 8th track: Zaagros Zephyr.

Maz Karandish

Album Remarks by Multi-Instrumentalist and Featured Artist Mazy Karandish
These words carry a timeless message that still echoes through to this day. Music has the power to evoke the deepest emotions, memories, and nostalgia that the human psyche is capable of experiencing. The evocation of such feelings could not be more true when it comes the music that Kaveh Karandish has created. It has been a true honor for me to work with Kaveh, who I am fortunate to call my brother. The greatest part about working with him is that the music has a wide range of cultural expression. One song could transport you to far off landscapes of the Orient while another brings you to the sophisticated civilization of the west. In this way, the music transcends a single time, place, and culture but rather captures musical expression from a global perspective. As a multi-instrumentalist covering grounds from Raga and Maqam to Harmony and Jazz, there is nothing I appreciate more than working with a composer who has such global perspective and can capture multiple traditions with a single melody line. Kaveh was very skillful at understanding which instruments work best with which songs. This is incredibly important as ethnic instruments are specially touching when used in accordance to a tasteful arrangement. You could hear Indian Dilruba, Turkish Saz, Persian Oud, and Indian Sitar (popularized by Ravi Shankar) throughout the album to varying degrees. Given the versatile nature of the Oud and the fact that it used in many cultures around the world, Kaveh felt that this instrument could be most heavily utilized throughout multiple track. I could not agree more! Oud has the same tonal range as Cello and can very easily mesh with the sounds of piano, flute, bass, and other instruments. In addition, the Indian Sitar is used in a particularly interesting way on Shiraz Nights which happens to be my favorite track of the album. Shiraz Nights takes the listener back to an ancient time when trade and interaction was at an all time high between the Persian and Indian worlds, and therefore takes the listener on a cultural journey. In addition to his incredible composition ability, Kaveh has a big heart and is always interested in show-casing other artists on his album. He creates an environment for musicians to express themselves in a genuine way. This is a truly incredible quality as it enables authenticity and brings greater richness to all of the songs on the album. I am very grateful to have been one of many musicians to contribute to this album and look forward to future collaborations.

Dave Haddad

CD Review
Such a superb blending of styles, dynamics and feelings. I commend you on this project; it is easy to listening to, everything is interesting and unique, each song has it's own vibe, you feel the connection to the other songs it is not redundant. Next I will listen in my studio... beautiful saxophone work and lots of musical surprises and genuine performances.