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AHL-i Nafs
NEWS   Our regular silent film series at brainwash cafe in sf kicks off on the last sunday of every month at 7:30. In Jan 07 it's the Danish gothic love story "Sir Arne's Treasure".
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play hi-fi  sky dance (for dionne)
play hi-fi  Bismillah
play hi-fi  Throat, Sing the Praise of your Lord
play hi-fi  garden in rain
play hi-fi  Sea Full of Stars
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Music of the spirit from the people of the spirit (Ahl-i Nafs). Mixing electronica, jazz improvisation, and voices and instruments from all over the world to create a musical blend that feeds the mind and the body.
Why this name?
AHL-i Nafs means people of the spirit, and our music is about nurturing people's spirits.
Do you play live?
Yes, clubs, cafes, concert halls, picnics, anywhere we can. Playing live is what it's all about.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
it has made it possible to hear music from all over the world, and to share it with others freely. this is one world and the internet proves it.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
yes, if we could be certain to maintain total control of our music. i would like to see us on a label like SF's cool Six Degrees.
Band History:
we came together through our mutual love of live looping and world musics-- we are all long time musicians making the music we've always heard in our heads for the first times. The last year has seen my son Lido become the band's chief soloist on saxes, celtic harp, piano, and accordian, as well as the recruitment of French Somali bassist Antony Bichon.
Your influences?
brian eno/david byrne "my life in the bush of ghosts"; bill laswell; jon hassell; 70s miles davis; toshinori kondo; don cherry; nils petter molvaer; jan garbarek; eivind aarset; bill frisell; michael brook; afro-celt sound system; deep forest; jah wobble; daniel lanois; banco de gaia; steve tibbetts; mercan dede; nusrat fateh ali khan; william s. burroughs; swans; ogun ekur
Favorite spot?
Lower East Side, Manhattan circa 1980/ San Francisco, now
Equipment used:
oud, saz, dumbek, daf, frame drum, guitars, bouzouki, pocket trumpet, log drum, balafon, laptop, synths, saxes, harp, piano, organs
Anything else...?
we do regular series presenting classic silent films with live improvised soundtracks all over the bay area and silicon valley. come see us at the brainwash cafe or stanford university.
check out our acoustic folk jazz side project- Princes of Darkness and my ambient/experimental page Farewell23
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