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Letters to My Best Friend

by Qais Essar

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The Hurt 03:38
Ahesta Bero 02:08


Letters To My Best Friend ​ marks a new stage of Qais Essar’s award-winning rabab playing, and in his evolution as a composer.

In this deeply personal EP, Essar blazes a middle path between worlds, drawing from both eastern and western classical music, prog, freak folk, and jazz. The result is a sublime instrumental narrative which envelops listeners with nuance, depth and emotional power.

Qais Essar: Rabab, Guitars, Ukulele, Organ, Tanpura
Bryan Wilson: Cello
Neelamjit Dhillon: Tabla
Justin Gray: Bass Veena
Derek Gray: Drums
Eric Zang: Daf

Produced By: Qais Essar
Mix: Qais Essar, Eric Zang (Phoenix)
Mastering: Justin Gray (Toronto)

"The Hurt", "To Mars and Back" (Q. Essar)
"Ahesta Bero" (Traditional)

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released October 25, 2019


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