Review: Trance’n’Dancin, John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald, December 2005

There is a profound dignity about the expression of sadness in Turkish Music.With neither histrionics nor sentimentality, the sadness is distilled into beauty.

Kim Sanders has immersed himself in this culture for years and achieves an extraordinary sound on ney (Dervish flute) for the rubato improvisations on this gloriuos album. He is accompanied by percussionist Peter Kennard, whose realisations of the slowest tempos in tricky time signatures is a marvel of meditative concentration and execution.

The carefully devised programming slowly transports the listener into a progressively denser sound world, beginning with solo ney, then ney and percussion, then the fatter sound of another Turkish wind instrument, the double-reed mey, with hand-drums and bells.  By the tme they release the mounting tension with a 9/4 dance called Tamzara, you are ready to rise and join the party. A particular joy is the soulful Solitary Circumambulation for the unlikely combination of gaida (bagpipes) organ and percussion.

– John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald,Dec 5, 2005

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