Hafiz & Mystical Companions
This is the fourth CD in Laz's series of Rumi / Hafiz poems set to music. Working from Daniel Ladinsky's four books of translations (The Gift, I Heard God Laughing, The Subject Tonight Is Love, and Love Poems From God) Laz has rendered into song poems by Hafiz, Rumi, Rabia, Mira and Kabir - poet saints of the ancient East. These are timeless poems that transcend cultures and religions, and they continue to inspire and guide people all over the world, 500-1200 years after they were written. These poets all lived in different times and places - from 8th Century Iraq (Rabia), to 13th Century Turkey (Rumi), to 14th Century Persia (Hafiz), to 15th Century North India (Kabir) and 16th Century West India (Mira). But they all had something very precious in common - a direct experience of God, and a desire to help others reach that same state of divine realization. To this very day, throughout the East, the poetry of these mystics is not only read from books but also sung, accompanied by musical instruments. This recording brings their translated lyrics into this rich, ancient tradition of poetry set to music. These poems, rendered into song, are here beautifully sung and performed on a variety of instruments, bringing the magic of music to timeless lyrics. There is only one reason we have followed God into this world: To defend laughter, freedom, dance and love. - Hafiz Daniel Ladinsky has published four volumes of poetry in translation - I Heard God Laughing, The Subject Tonight Is Love, Love Letters from God, and The Gift. These books have made it possible for people throughout the English-speaking world to fall in love with, and be inspired by the poetry of Hafiz and that of other poet saints. Laszlo Slomovits is one of the twin brothers in the family music duo, Gemini. (GeminiChildrensMusic.com) His songs are featured on award-winning recordings and used in schools throughout the country. In addition, he has three solo recordings of Hafiz and Rumi's poetry set to music: A Divine Invitation, Give Light and Gamble Everything for Love.