"A High Watermark for Archival Engineering" — The Beat
Traditional Crossroads’ best-known recordings include Iranian kamancha master, Kayhan Kalhor’s debut recording Scattering Stars Like Dust, and Djivan Gasparyan, a legendary performer of the 1500-year-old flute known as the duduk, an Armenian instrument carved from the trunk of an apricot root. Gasparyan was introduced to the West when Peter Gabriel and Tim Robbins used the duduk in the soundtracks of The Last Temptation of Christ and Dead Man Walking respectively. Traditional Crossroads has issued two of Gasparyan’s definitive recordings, Ask Me No Questions and Apricots from Eden. Traditional Crossroads has also spread beyond the Middle East, with recordings of the Bulgarian saxophonist Yuri Yunakov and legendary clarinetists Ivo Papasov in their newest recording, Together Again, The Klezmatics’ Alicia Svigals (Fidl’), Persian tar virtuoso Hossein Alizadeh, the kora player Morikeba Kouyate (a member of a well-known griot family from Senegal), Kalman Balogh’s, Hungarian Gypsy Cimbalom Band, Persian master vocalist, M.R. Shajarian’s ground breaking recording, Night Silence Desert, sitar protégée of Ravi Shankar, Kartik Seshadri, China’s pipa virtuoso, Wu Man as well as archival reissues from the 1920’s of the first Irish musicians in America. Field recordings include a collection of ensembles in Cuba performing the music known as Changüí and the legacy of traditional Afghani music recorded before the war in the mountains of Afghanistan by ethnomusicologist Mark Slobin. Completely unedited, the 2-CD set is entitled Afghanistn Untouched (CD 4319) and includes Slobin’s fascinating research in a 60-page booklet.
"Traditional Crossroads seems utterly devoted to getting everything right!"
– Georgia Straight, Canada