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How This Weighs On Me

by Bviolin

World fusion & rock with a blend of middle eastern instrumentals, jazz folk rock. Lyrics made of personal, thoughtful & spiritual flavors.
Genre: World: Persian contemporary
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2. Sun
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3. CJB
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4. Kings Wish
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5. Gypsy Nights
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6. Revels Last Call
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7. Chalkboard
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8. Grace
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9. Namyo
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
How this Weighs On Me; Released Feb 2008.

"I was 4 years old, and my family was being exiled from our country, our home. We were fleeing a land ripped apart by turmoil, and political and social revolution."

For Bahman Sarram, AKA Bviolin, the uneasy years of his childhood in Iran were marked by chapters of triumph and tribulation. Those memories continue to have a profound effect on him to this day.

"I remember the music of my home land, dancing while my mom sang at parties. I remember always being moved by sound and wanting to be part of it in some way," Bahman says. "I know those days will always be a part of me, every time I play. It's inescapable".

A classically trained violinist, Bahman displays a remarkable mastery of the instrument in every note of his passionate performances. No matter what style he's playing—jazz, funk, fusion, folk or rock—his improvisational skills, raw energy and natural instinct for melody have made him an integral part of many different bands.

But after years of composing music for other artists and touring internationally in other band, Bahman realized the time was right to tell his own story through his music.

The result is a new project, known as Bviolin and the January Avalanche, and solo debut entitled How This Weighs On Me. The eclectic, new record presents songs and compositions that reflect the diverse influences on his life and music.

"I wanted to create a signature sound—a unique mix of World & Fusion instrumental compositions with hints of gypsy, Middle Eastern flavors—along with lyrical songs influenced by traditional folk," Bahman explains. "So, in addition to playing 4 different instruments myself, I gathered together an amazing group of players."

January Avalanche features Chris Hale on 5-string fretless bass, Mrod on drums, and Reverend Stickman on acoustic and electric guitars. In addition to performing with his San Diego bandmates, Bahman also plays as an acoustic duo with Rado, a gifted soul/funk/jazz guitarist and singer/songwriter born in Madagascar and based in San Francisco.

I knew this would be the right cast of characters to help tell my story, and put their sonic and spiritual "stamp" on the music," says Bahman.

Much of the album was inspired by Bahman's experience escaping Iran during its national upheaval. One such track is the instrumental "Gypsy Nights."

"It's about a family leaving everything they know and love in their beloved home country, and in the blink of an eye, having to escape the Revolutionary hands that took over the once free and beautiful Iran," Bahman explains. "In a dream one summer's night, the memory of that time returned and Gypsy Nights was written."

The album also features a strong undercurrent of traditional Americana influences that can be heard on tracks such as "Wonder" and "Sun." It's a diverse collection of sounds that's held together seamlessly by Bahman's virtuoistic violin playing and vivid storytelling.

Track List for How It Weighs On Me:

1. Wonder

2. Sun

3. CJB

4. King's Wish

5. Gypsy Nights

6. Revel's Last Call

7. ChalkBoard

8. Grace

9. Namyo







For more information, visit:

http://www.sonicbids.com/Bviolin

http://www.myspace.com/bviolin

http://www.youtube.com/januaryavalanche



Instrumentation
Bahman Sarram- Acoustic & Electric Violin, Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Mandolin
Reverend StickMan- Electric/ACoustic Guitar Lead
Chris Hale- 5 string Fretless Bass
Jon Martin- Percussion
Michael Rodriguez- Drums


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Kevin Wohlmut

Icing on the cake
When Bahman plays the violin, you can forget any dread that you're going to hear rote scales and boring weepy traditional routines. His violin is the paint and all the world's music is his canvas on this CD. He applies his violin purposefully, not for its own sake, but as a tool to communicate a message. Catch the tracks "Grace" and "Sun" for beautiful modern groove, "CJB" and "King's Wish" for world music with just a hint of hip-hop, or "Namyo" and "Gypsy Nights" for a more traditional yet still fresh new sound. "Rebel's Last Call" whispers a sad story into your ear without using any words at all. What a fascinating album.

Darius Mehri


Great mixture of jazz, folk and hip hop with a Middle Eastern sensibility. Bahman Sarram is one of the great musical talents of our times.

Shiva Pearson

totally unique !
The lyrics are so soulful and the melodies so unique - I love this CD ! What a fabulous blend of world music .... unlike anything else !