||Lion Of Panjshir CD (2009) |
Ariana Delawari music CDs "Lion of Panjishir" was once the moniker that actress, songwriter, and active member of the wonderful L.A. Ladies Choir Ariana Delawari used to perform under as a solo artist. It is now the title of her debut solo recording issued on the David Lynch MC imprint. The title refers to the Afghani revolutionary leader Ahmed Shah Massoud. Previously, Delawari, guitarist Max Guirand, and violinist Paloma Udovic (who are both here), traveled to Afghanistan and played with the Ustads (master musicians) and a number of them appear here. When they returned to the States the band became a recording project of various L.A. musicians, fronted by the singer. They include violinist and violist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, bassist Robert Francis, drummer Joachim Cooder , and ubiquitous producer Carlos Nino, who offers his assistance on a few numbers. The production is simple, airy, natural, and free of artifice, allowing Delawari's voice and words to come to the listener unguarded. LION OF PANJISHIR showcases not only versatility, but depth, warmth, and honest emotion as well as musical sophistication. Delawari is a gifted songwriter who understands the true nature of collaboration with her equally talented friends.
Photographer: Ariana Delawari.