Mystical Garden Omar Faruk Tekbilek continues to delight Western listeners
with a vast array of Middle Eastern musical traditions. As the follow up to
his debut solo recording
Faruk"s musical mastery, composition and mystical influences creating a
soulful and emotional musical journey.
self-titled track) is a variation on a theme. It is the reflection of
Faruk"s inspiration by "the unity of the Mystical life. The garden is an
island surrounded by the ocean of sincerity. Everyone with their sincere
hearts chanting God"s name in their language. In essence, we are the
flowers owned by the one and only Gardener."
more emphasis on Faruk"s writing, featuring five original tracks. And there
is a greater emphasis on the stellar musicianship of the players.
demonstrates traditional Egyptian motives, with
variations on the rhythm and the scales.
continues to tell
Faruk"s story in the garden, with his soulful voice over a bed of chanting,
nature sounds, and orchestration, along with
ney , and
bendir . As the last track, this piece leaves the listener in a
peaceful trance. To compare Faruk to Western musicians, it would be as if
one musician was a master of the drums, percussion, guitar, flute,
recorder, oboe, and more. Add to this Faruk"s mystical influences, and the
listener is in for an extraordinary experience.