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The Journey is the brainchild of Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi, a collection of music that you could truthfully call a global collaboration.
The Journey is the 1st official music album of Inter-Continental Concerts. Inter-Continental Concerts (ICC) is a multimedia production organization that produces music, live concerts, performance videos and feature films. Their goal? ICC values diversity and promotes unity among all people on earth. The primary goal is to bring together artists from around the world to participate in various productions and projects, including - so far - about 145 artists from over 45 nationalities.
Iranian award winning Musician/Media Producer Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi has a passion for music and its ability to cut across cultural and even language barriers. Born in Tehran, he's now based in Los Angeles, and got his start in music at the age of eight, paying the Santoor, a traditional Iranian instrument. He started composing music not long after. He's got a varied background in IT, video production, and computer engineering, as well as sound engineering and video production.
The music takes you on a lively sonic journey that fuses traditions from Asia to the Mediterranean and the African continent, where Spanish guitar and Middle Eastern rhythms dance around West African drumming. As a collaborative project, the music draws on a web of global influences, and they emerge in a seamless groove.
Eternal Love has the synthy pulse of dance music, embellished with layers of melodic flute, and an insistent world beat. It's a seamless marriage of electronic and acoustic instrumentation. In Life, a virtuosic guitar riff merges into a driving beat, rap, and a vocal line in Russian.
Persian Norwuz takes the traditional music of Iran and adds modern pop and dance riffs. It's a stylistic smorgasbord, but one that adds up to solid music that ultimately needs no explanation. There's
You don't have to know what styles or genres, or even what instruments they are playing to enjoy the music that is played with obvious passion. It's eminently danceable and perfect for parties.
"World music" is often an inadequate term, one that's used to label undefinable music, and that's the case with this release. Simply put, this is modern music of our world.
Accordion : Sefkat Saglamer
Bass : Emmanuel Paul, Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi
Drums : Samson Tinz
Electric Guitar : Babak Mahbaei, Emmanuel Oluga
Electric Piano : Izu David
Flute : Behzad Heidarshenas, Isil Akgüç
Guitars : Salar Hamzei, Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi
Piano, Synths & Santoor : Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi
Percussions : Ehsan Shafiee, Mehrdad Jadidzadeh, Okan Sadioglu
Violin : Isam Qaimari
Vocalists: Judith Okon, Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi, Chinedu Ayinotu, Shakhnoza Kurbonshoeva, Qais Nedal Rahal, Sam M. Pour, Nubi Kayode, Tambe Maria, Gaius Rosilu, Yasaman Behshad
Rap Artists : Maria Musaeva, Olaniyi Teidi (DJ Java)
Composers / Writers:
Music Composer and Songwriter: Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi
Salar Hamzei (Spanish Guitar Solos for “The Cyprus Station” and “Life”)
Nubi Kayode (Songwriter of “My Life is Çok Güzel")
Maria Musaeva (words for “Life”)
Sam M. Pour (Words for “The Fellowship”)
1. The Cyprus Station
2. Eternal Love
3. Life (In Russian Language)
4. Persian Nowruz
5. Gole Eshgham (In Tajik Farsi Language)
6. Far Away
7. Power of Love
8. The Fellowship
9. My Life is Çok Güzel
10. Unrecognized Country