The music of the greater Middle East includes a range of cultures that stretched from Andalusian Spain and North Africa, through Turkish, Arabic, and desert lands to Persia and beyond.
While these countries famously have their political differences, they also share a rich history of cultural exchange, common families of instruments, and musical traditions. One of these is the art of taksim (tock-SEEM) or improvisation within the modal system of notes and scales called makam (ma-KAHM).
"Taksim" says Stellamara, "offers the player an infinite language to express the otherwise inexpressible...to travel far beyond imagination into the depths of places intimately known and never before experienced." On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a journey in Middle Eastern scales and improvisation called TAKSIM.
Music is by STELLMARA, LUMIN, MARIAH PARKER, GUNNARD DOBOZE, PAOLO MODUGNO, MELANIE HUTTON & MARSHALL LEFFERTS, the YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE, AL-ANDALUS, and ANOUAR BRAHEM.