Tim Rayborn | Veils of Light

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Veils of Light

by Tim Rayborn

Folkloric dance music from the Balkans, the Middle East, and Central Asia. Passionate, lively, beautiful music played entirely on traditional instruments, evoking the spirit of many different musical and dance styles from both sides of the Mediterranean
Genre: World: Middle East Traditional
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1. Gilim
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2. Tabak
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3. Yedi tekrar
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4. Lauta taksim
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5. Kashik
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6. Zaman
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7. Maaz zami
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8. Veselba
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9. Nafs
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10. Gandhara
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11. Saz taksim
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12. Naqrah
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Beside the fire, as the wood burns black, a laughing dancer in veils of light, whose dance transforms the darkness to gold - Abu Abd Allah ben Abi-l-Khisal, drawn from Serpent of the Nile, by Wendy Buonaventura

Dance and music predate civilization, and are deeply rooted in the innermost core of what it is to be human. Our resonance with rhythm begins with the mother's heartbeat; movement and music seem natural extensions of this, common to all cultures worldwide.

For this recording I have drawn inspiration from numerous music and dance traditions surrounding the Mediterranean, as well as from farther East, to the borders of India. The sounds from these lands are rich, exotic, and exciting, providing much fuel for the fire of the musical imagination. I have written original dance music that I hope both expresses the flavor and spirit of each culture represented on this CD, and will inspire others to seek out more of this music, and perhaps create new dances of their own.

Though raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tim Rayborn lived for nearly seven years in England, where he completed a Ph.D. at the University of Leeds, and worked in the fields of early and world music. He founded and directed Ensemble Florata, whose recordings for ASV/Gaudeamus received international critical acclaim. In addition, he worked with the noted British medieval ensemble Tintagel, and performed with them on BBC broadcasts, Belgian live radio, in Majorca, as well as a tour of the Pacific Northwest in the U.S. Tim has toured the UK and continental Europe extensively, and worked with traditional musicians in Marrakech and Istanbul. He plays nearly 40 musical instruments from Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia.

He is currently an instrumentalist with Ya Elah (a women's Jewish vocal group), directs his own medieval music ensemble, Caladrius, is the musical director of Shuvani, a music and dance group tracing the gypsy trail from Rajasthan to Spain, and works with Jeremiah Soto on the Solace live project. He recently released two new solo recordings: Chordae - medieval harp music, and Ashek - Balkan, Middle Eastern, and Indian music.


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Everything was great!
Tim Rayborn's Veils of Light is a great cd. There is not one song I dislike on the album. It is a great addition to my cd collection. I really enjoy this genre of music. My fiance is a dancer and she uses this music to warm up and practice with in her free time. We also listen to it just for fun. Everything was great!

Crystal Dunlap

Great music. Loved it.

Mark Maisel

The musicianship and arrangements are lovely. I am not terribly familiar with this kind of music. That being said, I found it easy to close my eyes while listening and feel transported to other worlds, very different from the suburban American life I live. It is a pleasure and I look forward to listening to the other Tim Rayborn CD I purchased with this one. If it is anywhere near as good, I will become significantly more familiar with this kind of music. I love it.

Lisa Gunner

This is a very magical CD.
This is a magical CD. I love to listen to it in the car. It literally transports me!!


What a great musical surprise!
Great music...! Wonderful play of all intruments! It is amazing what an array of rhythms & melodies this cd has, and amazing too, what you can learn & dance to, when you have such variety!


First clue...
Our first clue that this is going to be a good CD is that Rachel Brice is on the cover. I really enjoyed this CD. I plan on getting more of his stuff.

evelyn Matthew

Veils of light (what a delight)
I was delighted to discover this artist. It is a great CD and I will be on the look out for any new work.

Pat Taylor

very nice, clean and well orchestrate
Clean, well-orchestrated and varied look at the genres of Middle Eastern dance music.


Great things come in small packages!
Beautifully layered and intricate music. Every single song is wonderfull... So many ideas of how to dance to it, I just don't know where to start!


Awesome! Money well spent.
Wow! An extremely talented musician and music that is lovely for listening and dancing. Thank you to Tim Rayborn for the great music.

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