Tortadur by Sevara Nazarkhan
Released: Oct 2011
Label: sevaramusic.com
Positioning herself at the crossroads of concept album, research project and work of art, Sevara Nazarkhan abandoned the sleek beats of her debut to delve deeply into Central Asian traditional music. The Uzbek singer assembled renowned master musicians to help mentor and accompany her on traditional instruments like the doutar lute. With her honeyed voice, Nazarkhan embodies the yearning of the Sufi ballads and love songs here, whether she's dancing close with a haunting nai flute or accompanied only by a clinking saucer ("Yovvoi Tanovar") or a rumbling train ("Qarghalar"). Exquisite stuff.
Rachel Devitt
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