This is one of several collections of regional music produced in Iran in the last 20 years. Whereas other collections, like Gosan Parsi - Some Examples Of The Melodious Tale In Iran (15 volumes), Bakhtyari Music (15 volumes) and Iran Epic Music (23 volumes) have been republished - or directly published - on CD, this collection exists only on cassette. A couple of years ago the Iranian label Barbad had announced an edition on CD, but it never saw the day. Recently the legendary Iranian label Mahoor started to publish some of these recordings on single CDs in their "Regional Music of Iran" series, but it doesn't seem, that there ever will be the complete series on CD.
Mirror and Song was produced and edited by Mohammad Reza Darvishi (born 1955). Mohammad Reza Darvishi is an extremely creative and productive composer of film music, music researcher, especially in the domain of regional music of Iran, and book author. He has produced dozens of excellent CDs and cassettes and written over a dozen of books on regional and classical Iranian music. He also organized several festivals of regional music, mostly in Tehran. Most of the collections on cassette or CD are recordings from these festivals. In this way he did an enormous work in making regional musical forms of Iran known to a bigger public and saving the music from extinction.
This collection is especially interesting as it contains a.o. different forms of ritual music like Sufi Dhikrs etc. of which no other recordings exist, as far as I know.
We will, step by step, post this complete collection, hopefully about one cassette per day.
Regarding the names of the musicians, I'm only able to decipher the names of musicians I know: here we have on side A in the first two tracks the wellknown Saz virtuoso Imran Haydari and on side B in the first track a famous Ashiq: Ashiq Rasul Ghorbani. The other names I'm not able to decipher completely.
Azerbaijan refers in this series to the Iranian province Azerbaijan, not the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Here for the first time I'm using Dropbox to share these cassettes. If there occur any problems please let me know. Thanks.