01 Mahur Oriental
02 Nihavent Oriental
03 Nihavent Oyun Havasi
04 Roman II
Burhan Öçal + Istanbul Oriental Ensemble
Following our highly accoladed musical excursion beyond the Sultan's Secret Door (Istanbul Oriental Ensemble: Sultan's Secret Door, which was awarded the German Phonographic Critics' Prize and the Choc du Monde de la Musique) the Roma Ensemble of Istanbul, hailed as "pulsating, multi-facetted and dynamic" (Frankfurter Rundschau) now invites listeners to join them on a desert caravan. They play slow pieces that evoke the weary trail of the thirsting camels through the seemingly endless desert. They let us join the exuberant festivities of the Roma celebrating around the campfire, and hear the erotic belly-dance music for the hot-blooded market women. And they accompany the hustle and bustle of the camel market. For the first time, the group also plays mystical songs invoking the colours of the sunset. This CD is dedicated to the memory of Ferdi Nardaz, one of the finest of Roma clarinettists, who tragically died just after completing these recordings. He can be heard on this album playing the kaval flute, whose yearning sounds he modulated so brilliantly. A solo by band leader and master percussionist Burhan Öcal in which his fingers fly like magic across the skins of his darbukka concluded this foray into the desert with the "magicians of sound" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).