The American Sufi Project, the city's cultural exploration of art and music inspired by Sufism, announced the availability of its third music album 'Your Silence is a Song', a quartet of poems set to Sufi music. The album features the Los Angeles-based poet Pavana Reddy and the resident musicians of the American Sufi Project, Tomchess (Ney, Oud) and Dan Kurfirst (Percussion Drums). The album is available on all major online music stores and streaming services such as iTunes, Pandora and Spotify.
Poetry is an integral part of Sufi literature, with poems of Rumi and Hafiz quoted and sung for centuries. 'Your silence is a Song' is a contemporary exposition of poetry set to Sufi-inspired music. The four poems in this album have been selected from Ms. Reddy's first book, Rangoli. Each poem recounts a unique story of personal loss and healing with nature serving as an anchoring theme, both nurturing and creating a path for stitching life together. The accompanying music is inspired by deep Turkish notes lending a soft, drifting quality to the lyrics. Musicians Tomchess and Dan Kurfirst bring their love for the syncretic sounds from different cultures to this album, which was recorded at Continental Recording Studios in Long Island City, New York.
Talking about her association with the album and on the sidelines of the launch, Pavana Reddy said, "It has been a joy to bring to the audience the multifaceted depth of love and longing in Sufism. It is tough to create the transcendental joy which Sufi music evokes, but to my delight the songs and the evocative music have succeeded in replicating that experience. I am happy that I have been a medium for bringing this work to lovers of poetry and sufi music."
About The American Sufi Project
Based in New York City, the American Sufi Project seeks to transmit through music and art, a taste of the divine love. The term 'Sufism' encapsulates hundreds of communities across the globe all united by a simple intention - to elevate consciousness, purify the heart and connect people with a greater love and higher power. For more details, see americansufiproject.com