Smith & Dragoman | Open the Gates (Double CD)

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Open the Gates (Double CD)

by Smith & Dragoman

A soul-stirring and rich blend of Middle Eastern, African and Western instruments and melodies culminating in a harmony of sound that unites cultures and rhythms. A true sonic experience - pensive, haunting and uplifting.
Genre: World: World Traditions
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1. Divine Tapestry
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2. Gate of the Gate
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3. The Passing
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4. Messenger
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5. Break of Dawn
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6. The Letters
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7. Khadijih's Lament
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8. Solace of the Eyes
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9. The Final Hour
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10. More than a Man
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11. Heart to Heart
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12. Rumi's Song
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13. The Journey
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14. Fort Tabarsi
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15. Voice in the Flame
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16. Unveiling
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4:18 $1.29
17. Quddus
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18. Reflection of Him
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19. Revelation
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20. Lord of the Age
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Smith & Dragoman
Guelph, Ontario

Biography
The singer-songwriter duo, Brett Smith & Michael Dragoman began performing music together in 1996 in Guelph, Ontario. Their music, largely folk-based at the time, has gradually evolved into the genre of world music incorporating sounds and rhythms from Africa, the Middle East and traditional sounds from the West. Instruments used on
Open the Gates include duduks, Turkish drums, dulcimers, djembes, ouds, wooden flutes, guitars and pianos, among other instruments.

Their haunting melodies and lyrics, supported by world-class musicians such as Stephen Fearing, Ron Allen, Rob Piltch and Shaheed Ali Khan take the listener on an emotional spiritual journey, exploring themes of love, courage, honour, tragedy and victory.

They currently reside in Guelph, Canada with their families and have begun working on their next CD.

"The music we offer to you serves only as a humble backdrop for the magnificent stories of individuals in recent history who mirrored in their lives a degree of human virtue that will inspire others for centuries to come. It is our hope that these songs will encourage others to read about the profound character of these precious souls who exemplified the pinnacle of human nobility, helping to shape the future destiny of this planet."

Smith & Dragoman
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"The CD is AMAZING! I have been pushing the repeat bottom ever since yesterday. I have so many people that I think would love it too. It is a real work of art and so soothing to the heart. It is wonderful!"

- Toronto

"I'm sitting here in the middle of nowhere, remote yet lose because of your wonderful CD set "Open the Gates". Wonderfully recorded, performed and especially composed and authored. The texts are clearly direct from the hearts of pure souls. The music does not distract from the message and at the same time provides a solid basis and atmosphere for relaying the message. Very nice indeed."

- Greenland

"The music, lyrics, instrumentals, everything is haunting and beautiful."
- Vancouver


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Janet Lang

Thank you for such a professional recording of international music.
The heroic stories told in mystic ballad tradition, from the early history of the Baha'i Faith are a master work, and will be sung for many generations to come. How long I have waited for this. I will use it for all occations especially for private prayer, and Holy Day observances and celebrations. Please keep me informed of any new developments.

Janet Lang

Sonja

daily listening
I love this double CD set and often listen to it at the end of the day following prayers. It is soothing and inspiring at the same time. Absolutely professional in every way. I can't wait to get the next release.

Louis Brunet

Great music with poignant themes.
This double album captured my attention on first hearing it. This is because the music is beautifully written and executed. What keeps me coming back is the series of themes that capture my heart. When the meaning of the lyrics sinks in, the stories evoke deep emotions from the spiritual dimension of human nature, the universal dimension. This album plays on all levels, musical, emotional and spiritual. Great! This is a group to watch!

Gibrham

inspiradora
estas canciones son muy inspiradoras y llegan al alma, felicito el trabajo hecho en estas canciones.

Robert orland

beautiful, vibrant and an array of stunning talent
Variety is the spice of life. This CD has so much diversity of world music and voices. Powerfully moving. A very impressive debut!

Kerry Tuttle

I love this CD!
This is an incredible CD that would appeal to anyone. All the songs are beautifully created with interesting lyrics & sounds. It is a moving, uplifting CD - you feel wonderful after listening to it. I highly recommend it!

Martin, MartinsQuest.com

A true transformation
I must make known that this whole genre of music was outside of my general tastes before reviewing this debut album. After a few spins in my CD player and watching them perform live, I gradually fell in love with their rich, poignant songs, especially: The Letters *****, and Messenger ****, Divine Tapestry ****, and Fort Tabarsi ****. (You can read their interview and view pictures of them using the link above)

Puneh & Raf

Inspirational to say the least
We are just amazed by this music.. It is very awesome.. We listen to it all the time while driving or at home…

Best of luck to you guys..

Jaren Belrose

What a Debut!!!
Open the Gates is one of the most moving CD's I've ever listened to. The music of Smith and Dragoman strikes a chord within and awakens the soul. The music will transport listeners to another time and place and the lyrics will bring the highly emotional stories alive.
I'm eagerly looking forward to the release of their follow up CD.

Benjamin Kelly


This double C.D. will stay in your rotation for a very long time. These two musicians along with their high calibre accompaniment have created a genuine uplifting and thought provoking experience through their music. If you appreciate amazing harmonies and lyrically driven songs you will love “Voices in the Flame”, “Rumi’s Song”, “Divine Tapestry” and “Unveiling”. These guys have a unique and soothing sound that acts like a ladder to the soul. What a gift!
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