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Sami Yusuf    22 September, 22, 1:00 pm
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About the Performance

‘The Fire Within’ is the ever-burning flame of love that lives to seek, discover, and ignite. This rich composition and arrangement by Sami Yusuf narrates tales from great Muslim mystics, such as translations from Mansur ibn al-Hallaj and beautiful Arabic verse of Abu al-Hasan al-Shushtari sung by Nabyla Maan. Latin poetry by the Christian mystic, Hildegard von Bingen, is sung which timelessly moves the listener from one musical and mystical tradition to another. The union of various musical traditions recount the story of a love that is neither bound to the East nor West. The composition is performed in the Aeolian with allusions to traditional Andalusian modes.

The full concert can be heard here:


Composer and Musical Director: Sami Yusuf
Latin words by Hildegard of Bingen 
English words trans. from Mansur al-Hallaj 
Arabic Mawwāl by Abu al-Hasan al-Shushtari

The Vocal Soloists:

Sami Yusuf
Nabyla Maan

The Instrumentalists:

Eyüpcan Açıkpazu: ney
Togrul Asadullayev: kemanche
Omer Avci: percussion
Selim Boyaci: oud
Onur Cicin: qanun
Shirzad Fataliyev: balaban
Guo Gan: erhu
Fariz Huseynov: kemanche
Mohammad Jaberi: daf
Seyed Ali Jaberi: tanbur
Asad Khan: sitar
Jon Lawton: classical guitar, tanbur
Khalil Masimov: kemanche
Farshad Mohammadi: santur
Lyudmila Naumova: orchestral percussion
Kutay Ozcan: baglama
Rufat Xalilov: kemanche
Manoj Kumar Moothedath: Dholak
Sudheesh Kakkur: Tabla


Narmin Abdullayeva
Nigar Asgarova
Nancy Al Baltaji
Abdulrazzak Barma
Mahsati Jabbarova
Rufat Khalilov
Nazim Mahmudov
Karim Hodroj-Remmel
Abeer El Sayed
Ismayil Yunusov

Music Production Supervisor: Ruslan Salimov

Mixed & Mastered by Vishnu Rajan @ Andante Studios

Video editing and post-production by Omar Al-Balushi @ Andante Studios

Christine Höchstötter
Katherine O’Brien
Claire Mcrandal
Vishnu Rajan
Omar Al Balushi

Show and Content Producers: Artists In Motion

For further information on the compositions:

Published by Andante Records and Administered by Fairwood Music (UK) Ltd for the World.