My sister introduced me to Brian Keane and Omar Faruk Tekbilek some time back with a CD called "Whirling." I became so entranced that I could not resist another: Fire Dance! This CD, along with a very few others, has become a mainstay in my daily listening fare.
Fire Dance is a collaboration of two masters musicians from very different world. Brian Keane is a guitarist, composer, and award winning producer, scoring more than 40 films. His first collaboration with Tekbilek was the soundtrack to Suleyman the Magnificent. Fire Dance is a natural progression from Suleyman. It blends Middle Eastern and North African instruments with synthesizers, guitar, and sophisticated orchestrations. The focus of Fire Dance expands to include music from North Africa, Egypt, and other Middle Eastern and Arabic sources. In Fire Dance you will find a unique recording embracing many moods. Yet it is energetic and meditative, mystical and joyous. It transports the listener to far away lands and traditions.