The anthology for Robab and String Orchestra composed by Iranian Australian composer, Paul Branton (born Pouya Babaali) artistically bridges Eastern and Western classical music. Despite the unorthodox motifs and melodies for Robab, the instrumentalist Ali Tavakoli was able to immaculately play and blend with the homogeneous texture of the string orchestra.
“A strong motivation for composing this anthology, was my fascination with the immaculate tone of the Robab; which itself inherits the rapturous sound of the Taar and the age-old maturity of the Oud. My intent was to create enough distinction in the form and character of each piece in order to stimulate the listeners’ experience. Nevertheless, each body of work is an opportunity for growth, a constant challenge to an artist’s mind – and this album is no exception.” Paul Branton
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