Hafiz: The Scent of Light

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In modern-day Persia, the 14th-century poet Hafiz remains the most treasured voice of his homeland—a place where his work outsells Rumi, and even the Koran. Yet only recently have Westerners come to know this wild Sufi mystic's astonishing verses on love and spiritual longing.

Now, with Hafiz: The Scent of Light, you will join Daniel Ladinsky—the acclaimed translator of The Gift—to revel in more than 30 of Hafiz' most stirring works. Offered here in the manner that Hafiz composed them, namely spoken or sung spontaneously amid companions and inspired music, each of these exquisite love songs (ghazals) shimmers with a nuance, depth, and passion rarely captured in previous translations.

Hafiz once said: "A poet is someone who can pour light into a cup, then raise it to nourish your beautiful parched holy mouth." From his vision of an all-embracing Beloved who sees beyond our religious beliefs to his revelations on the oneness of worldly ecstasy and spiritual awakening, Hafiz continues to pour the light of his poetry forth today.

Music composed and performed by Stevin McNamara (sitar and nylon string guitar), with special guest artists and composers Steve Gorn (bansuri flute), Jeffrey Rodgers (tabla, santoor, ethnic drums, percussion), Annette Cantor (vocals), Pandit S.N. Sopori (drupad/khyal/tarana singing), Bhushan Sopori (tabla), and Aurelia Roze (violin). Read by Nataraja Kallio.


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Customer Reviews

Gorgeous Review by TerryH

What an amazing combination -- the inimitable Hafiz read by Nataraja Kallio, with music by these great artists. Just so beautiful -- and hilarious, as only Hafiz can be.

(Posted on 4/14/2016)

Review for Hafiz: The Scent of Light Review by Justine S

Loved, loved, loved this c.d.

(Posted on 2/16/2013)

Review for Hafiz: The Scent of Light Review by Rosalie Dow

At first I thought the poetry was weird and a little silly, but as I listened I became enthralled. These short statements are so rich with meaning and every time I listen I get something different to take away. Love it!

(Posted on 2/17/2012)

Review for Hafiz: The Scent of Light Review by Daniel Budd

too much music, not enough Hafiz - I'm returning it for refund

(Posted on 12/10/2011)

Review for Hafiz: The Scent of Light Review by Andrew Young

As an amateur poet, my first response to hearing this recording was total despair...Ladinsky's translations and Nataraja's reading is so frickin' moving and gutsy that I have given up all hope of creating a love quatrain that will ever come close. The music by Stevin McNamara is more Indian than Persian, but is largely responsible for the power of this recording. Warning: play this in very small doses, just 1-2 tracks at a time or you may blow out a tire. ;) - AY

(Posted on 3/4/2009)


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Contents 1 Audio download (61 minutes)
Filetypes MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published April 01, 2002
ISBN-10 1-56455-958-0
ISBN-13 978-1-56455-958-6
Product Code AW00597W