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"In the life of the Sufi music is as important as air for breathing. Music is a power in our life, a large gift in a universal language, which feeds our spirit and tells stories." (Bahramji)
"Sufi Safir" is Bahrams second album released by Blue Flame Records. The Songs on this album were born in India and developed further in Holland and Denmark.
Working with Danish DJ Mashti, this album is a special combination between the ancient and traditional, connecting it with the modern and technical. If asked, Bahram says about the origin of his music: "It is simply spontaneous and comes from the heart, it develops out of the moment."
The second part of the album title "Safir" has the Persian meaning of "traveller". Thus the album, translated, carries the title "a Sufi, always travelling." which is leaning onto Bahrams own life as a Sufi. His journeys also gave inspirations for this album. Influences from ancient, traditional Sufi melodies as well as Kurdish and Indian sounds are found on the album. The multi-layers of Bahrams music reflects itself also in the texts about wisdoms and experiences, which go back to old Persian mystics and poets such as Saadi, Rumi, Attar or Hafez.
The album transports an unbelievable strength and energy. It is somewhat magical. Most tracks are led by a slow, very deep, driving and almost hypnotic bass line. These beats are important to Bahram. "Beats symbolize the rhythm of life, the rhythm of the body, the heart", he says. The deep tones are embedded into wonderfully percussive elements and are accompanied by the charming sounding Santoor (string instrument) and the Ney (flute). Through this, a second level is opened in the songs, which create an unbelievable listening experience.
Bahram would like to dedicate this work to his good friend Kiritji. It was he who brought Bahram to Ibiza in the year 2003 and introduced him to all musicians and friends. From this time on, much began to develop: The acquaintances with DJ's, live performances and finally the various influences on Bahrams music. His traditional way mixed itself with Ethno, Chill and Ambient. Through this circumstance, music as recorded on this album, is the result.
About the Artist
Bahram was born 1952 in the Persian city Kermanshah, in the Kurdish part Iran. Kermanshah is a small city in a beautifully location: surrounded by mountains, rivers and trees, it was therefore also called "the city of the kings". Bahram grew up in a large family, in which there were many good musicians and singers. He therefore had contact to music at early age. As a child he heard the old Sufi melodies, which are still inspiration for him today. Bahrams musical career began at the age of 15 when his father, who plays the violin himself, gave him a Santoor. A good friend taught him the first steps on this traditional instrument and already soon he became such a virtuoso, that he already performed in public.
After Bahram had lived 25 years in Iran, where he also went to school ending with a highschool diploma, he left the country in 1977, studied in and travelled to India and later to Europe. India became Bahrams new love. "India is the country of spirituality. Nature and people are wonderful - it changed my life." says Bahramji. By playing whirling music for restless globetrotters of most various cultures, his style changed and melted the traditional songs into a new form, creating a sphere refreshing the body and soul.
His instrument is the Persian Santoor, a traditional string instrument, from which is said to be able to cause the tone of total emptiness. Besides the Santoor, he also began to play the Persian Settar and "Ney", a Persian bamboo flute. He also began to sing in order to interpret the words of mystic poets such as Rumi, Saadi, Attar or Hafez. For a long time Bahramji studied the doctrines of the Sufi and also lived through the teachings. "I identify myself with my music - however not just only herewith. Today I am a musician and tomorrow ... a cook." And a good cook he is. Bahramji continues to say: "I never commit myself to only one thing. I take life simply gratefully and with open heartily - just as it is. Whatever may come, I take it like it is, because it is good as it is." Bahram does not expect anything and this seems to be his secret. Nevertheless is music of greatest importance in his life. "In the life of the Sufi music is as important as air for breathing. Music is a power in our life, our greatest gift. It brings us laughter or tears - it feeds our spirit. Music is a universal language; music appears in all languages of the world, by mixing seven tones, which create millions of different melodies. Seven tones create the whole music world-wide, ever written and still to be written. Sufi music is a mental expression of divine love from the view of humans. The "Ney" plays hereby an important role. It is a symbol for the human soul and a symbol for the Sufi soul, which swings along with it. Sufism is not a religion, but rather a way of life. The message is liberty of the soul, the love for each other and the love for nature. It's about harmony with ourselves and with others. To see the beauty, which is all around, visibly or invisibly. We call Sufism the belief love, harmony and beauty.", says Bahramji.