This CD has elements of Middle Eastern, Hungarian folk, Hungarian Roma (gypsy), Spanish Roma, and Afro-Colombian music elements combined with modern influences of jazz.
The compositions were done in Hungary by musicians inspired by the beauty of the words, seeking to put them into a musical setting which would allow the listener to feel their power and reflect on their meaning.
The lyrics to these pieces were taken from a collection of the mystic verses entitled "The Hidden Words" by Bahá’u’lláh. founder of the baha'i Faith.
The original of these verses were composed in Arabic and Persian in 1856 while Bahá’u’lláh took walks along the banks of the Tigris during His first, His Baghdad exile.
The Hidden Words have been translated into over 200 hundred languages - the Hungarian version used here was translated by Jenny Weisz in the 1930s.
The Seven Valleys
Raymond Switzer, guitar
Laszlo Makay, 6 string bass
David Dely, percussion
Shango Dely, persucussion.
Jácint Péter Jiling , hand crafted flute
Csaba Szegő, clarinet, tenor sax
Amin Rahimi, santur