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Fatamorgana

by Amir Beso

From Sarajevo via Seattle, an all-instrumental acoustic nylon-string guitar driven amalgam of Balkan, gypsy and flamenco music by a virtuoso guitarist Amir Beso, whom Seattle Times critic Misha Berson calls: "Bosnia's answer to Jimi Hendrix".
Genre: World: Balkan
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1. Gypsyland AMIR BESO
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2. Amor Fati AMIR BESO
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3. Adriatica AMIR BESO
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4. Mikey's Song AMIR BESO
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5. Fatamorgana AMIR BESO
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6. Reflection AMIR BESO
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7. Balkan Nights AMIR BESO
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8. Sweet Solitude AMIR BESO
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9. Caravan AMIR BESO
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10. Laura's Lullaby AMIR BESO
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The liner notes for this CD, written by film director Phil Robinson (“Field of Dreams”, “Sneakers”, “The Sum of All Fears”) tell this story:

I met him in 1992, when he was lead guitarist for a wartime production of the American musical “Hair” in Sarajevo, but it was much later when I learned his name was Amir. Everyone in Sarajevo had a nickname, and his was Lazy. That’s how I was introduced to him, and I quickly assumed it was sort of like how Clapton's chums nicknamed him “Slowhand”, because this skinny kid with the scraggly beard and USA baseball cap seemed anything but lazy when he played the guitar. Blisteringly fast leads, taste, tone, talent, he had it all. Heavy-metal, blues, straight-ahead rock, you name it, he played it, and brilliantly.

After the show, we sat in a smoke-filled bar and he told me of the months of rehearsals that had gone into the show; how important it was for the artists and the audience to keep this sort of thing alive; the hardships of putting on a show with an emergency generator, enough power for one spotlight, and mortars and snipers outside. “Look,” he sighed, pulling back one side of his jacket, “I have to carry gun.” Indeed, there was a holstered pistol on his hip. “What's that for,” I asked?

“To make sure I get to theatre.”

I made a mental note to remember this the next time someone on a movie complained to me about their motor home.

We met again a year later. The war was still raging, and he was thinner, but just as determined to make a difference. “I’ve learned a lot about life in the past 18 months,” he mused. “Mostly what I've learned is that in times like this good people get better, and bad people get worse.”

A few weeks later, he was walking down the wrong street at the wrong time, some mortars exploded, and he was badly injured. My assistant Laura worked the phones for weeks until she found the hospital in Denmark to which he'd been sent for treatment. Eventually, we were able to convince the U.S. Information Agency to fly a couple of “Hair” performers over to the U.S. to raise public awareness about the war. Lazy came over, met Laura, they fell in love, got married, and had a kid.

All of which is a long story about how I lost my assistant. But I'm pleased to report that Lazy has atoned for this theft by creating “Fatamorgana”, a gorgeous CD of surprising, original and soulful music. It's music that could only have been created by a virtuoso musician whose life encompasses the Balkans, rock-and-roll, war, peace, love, a wife and a new son.

Enjoy.

Phil Robinson

Following is a review from the September 05 issue of Unsigned Magazine:
(http://www.unsignedmusicmag.com/HTML/Images/Issue%2014%20September%202005.pdf)

“If you love guitar driven instrumentals, you have to - let me repeat this - YOU HAVE TO buy this cd. The genre of the cd is world fusion, and indeed, the songs are very exotic, a mixture of flamenco, gypsy, and something “other” that I can’t place, but so exquisitely beautiful, you’re immediately transported away from the humdrum of everyday. The music is as fascinating as the story of the musician himself, a man who somehow learned to draw incredible sounds from the guitar while surrounded by the chaos of wartime Sarajevo. There is a depth to each of the songs on this cd that words can’t really explain and the best I can say is that Amir Beso is easily on the caliber of Santana or Jimi Hendrix in terms of raw talent. I don’t believe there’s one song on this cd that you won’t love.”
© Unsigned Magazine

“Coming out of Seattle by way of Sarajevo, Amir Beso has put together a guitar player’s dream set with “Fatamorgana.” Taking hints of Flamenco and Classical styles and mixing them with bits of Jazz, Folk and even Rock, Beso proves to be one of the best players this side of the Atlantic.
This release was written, recorded, mixed, produced and mastered by Beso. This is an artist with many talents, and the best of them is his ability to write the magical melodies you hear on “Fatamorgana.” All of his talents come to life as he precisely picks strings that cry out with an urgency and a soul. Each song seems to have a beating heart and a personality.
Surviving in a war-torn Sarajevo for many years, Beso conveys the spirit of the time through his instrument in songs like “Balkan Nights” and “Sweet Solitude.” There are so many emotions flowing through these songs, it’s difficult to finger just one or two. The solemn grace and sensitivity that emanates from “Laura’s Lullaby” and “Mikey’s Song,” are offset by the playful bounce of tunes like “Gypsyland” and “Caravan.” This is instrumental guitar music of the highest caliber.” - Scott Itter, DrMusic.org

“Virtuoso is a word too often tossed about lightly. But, it would not be out of place in describing this album and the Balkan-born musician whose work it represents.
Amir Beso is, in the best sense of the word, a virtuoso. You don’t even have to like the kind of music on his album, Fatamorgana, to admit his virtuosity. It’s evident by the precise fingering and fretting that this is a skilled guitarist.
Fatamorgana offers a pleasant listening experience. It’s an exotic mix -- flamenco, gypsy, Middle Eastern -- but with a modern twist perhaps owing to Beso’s early immersion in metal and rock.
From the title track to “Balkan Nights” and the lovely lullaby written for his wife, there’s a lot of passion and just plain good listening in those 10 tracks.” - John R. Lindermuth, Rambles Magazine

Amir Beso is among five nominees/finalists up for 2006 Independent Music Awards in the World Fusion category. His debut solo album “Fatamorgana” is nominated for 2006 Album of the Year.(http://www.musiciansatlas.com/pages/ima_finalists.asp)

Indie Acoustic Project, which “celebrates the best in innovative, independent acoustic music” included Amir Beso’s album “Fatamorgana” among three nominees for the “Best CD of 2005 Award” in category World Music - Latin.
(http://indieacoustic.com)

Individual tracks from this album are available for download at iTunes and all other major services.


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Julie Myers

Fatamorgana
I love this CD. Very unique musical styling. When I listen to it I just relax and melt into the sounds.

Irhan

Sweet memories
I can’t be surprised like Omer! I know that Lazy can play any kind and music style you wish!
About this record:
It’s wery difficult to be objective for me. How I can be, when everything good I learned, was from this great artist…And I still use it… Maybe, Samantha has described best this album.
Amire, I wish you all best

You’re truly,
Irhan, Copenhagen - Denmark

Sheila Whittaker

Music by a Master
I first heard Amir's music when responding to a friend request on My Space. I was totally captivated & immediately bought the CD. This is music of the soul - straight from the heart of the artist, who is a virtuoso guitar player & a master musician. The music is at once exciting & energising, but also relaxing & calming. I am a professional musician myself & have rarely heard talent like this. He is up among the greats. Fabulous..:-)

julian

One of the Finest Guitar CDs I've ever purchased
It is so rare to hear such beauty and depth, such precise fingering and fretting, and exquisite original composition all in once place. Each selection is an aural painting, captivating the senses and creating a desire to listen again and again. It is tempting to compare the styling to that of Pavlo, or Jesse Cook; yet Amir Beso puts his own unique elements of passion, balanced by control, into every song. A complete delight. I eagerly await his next release.

Julie O.

Sounds of Heaven
The album lifted me to another state of being with each and every chord that was played. Never in my life have I encounted music that had such a profound effect on me. I can not come up with the right words to describe how utterly beautiful every song is on Fatamorgana. It is a blessing to have been introduced to this album. It is one that I shall cherish and listen to always.
There should be no hesitation (and I promise you, no regrets), when buying this CD.

Rev. Steve Barnett

Absolutely fabulous! What an artist!!
Truly a beautiful album of Balkan music. Track #5, Fatamorgana, reminds me of the Greek bouzouki music I've listened to for years. My absolute favorite is Caravan. I am still trying to figure out whether the lead instrument in the second half of the tune is a 12 stringed guitar or some other instrument....'a bouzouki, perhaps? Whatever it is, I am wearing out the CD playing it over and over in my car. 'Haven't gotten tired of it, yet...probably never will!

Margrit

Beautiful and sweet!
Amir's mix of Flamenco and sounds from the Balkan region is different from any other Flamenco guitar music I've eer heard. I love it and it brings back memeories of my travels to the former Yugoslavia, a beautiful place.

Douglas Morris

Nothing short of brilliance!
I recieved a myspace friends request from Amir thinking "Gawd! not another T*rt touting for business" and it turned out to be this wonderful music. In seconds I bought the album, what a superb talent, I shall be bying more of his work.

David Chamberlain

Exceptional jazzy guitar with a gypsy flavor
Listening to this CD gave me the same thrill that I got when I first heard Nouveau Flamenco by Ottmar Liebert many years ago. It's rare that an album engages me this quickly and is so satisfying through its full length. The guitar work is exceptional, but it's the compositions that really make this album - they range from lyrical ballads through flamenco to almost Middle Eastern complexities. Very highly recommended - you won't be disappointed!

Angélica Pérez

Un guitarrista excepcional.
Como muchos de los comentarios, también conocí a Amir a través de My Space hace varios años. Su música y estilo me cautivaron desde el primer momento en que lo escuché. Y hoy por primera vez me decidí a comprar la descarga de Fatamorgana. Excelente sonido, y un intérprete excepcional de la guitarra.
Bendiciones para tí Amir y mucho éxito.
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