- "Ney Tofti"
At New York City's 2009 globalFEST, festivities began on an otherworldly note in Webster Hall's Marlin Room, when the Iranian father-son team Shanbehzadeh Ensemble unfurled a mesmerizing set of what might be called the hidden Afro-Persian tradition.
Hailing from the south of Iran, and tracing ancestry to Zanzibar in East Africa, the Shanbehzadeh family upholds a tradition that blends Sufi trance ritual and Persian and Arabic idioms. Saeid Shanbehzadeh sang, played a flute and danced writhingly around his overtone-rich goatskin bagpipe. Looking on in a fixed gaze, his 15-year-old son Naghib churned out hypnotic rhythms on two hand drums. It was the most transfixing performance of the night.
Originally recorded Jan. 11, 2009, at globalFEST.