The Path Beyond  /  Tim Rayborn

Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Music
from Medieval Spain, North Africa, Turkey, Iran, and the Balkans | | |




1. Quen â Virgen ben servir  [4:09]  CSM  59
Cantiga de Santa Maria # 59, Anonymous,13 th century Spain

2. Yedi  [3:45]
3. Psithyros  [3:16]
4. Galata  [4:24]
5. Tas  [3:58]

6. Szosztar mange   [2:56]   sung
Traditional Hungarian Gypsy

7. Sehtâr dastan  [4:06]
8. Koron  [4:38]
9. Hij'dah noh  [3:01]

10. Osman Pasha  [5:37]   sung
Traditional Turkish

11. Cuando El Rey Nimrod  [6:03]
Traditional Sephardic Jewish from North Africa

12. Taksim saz  [5:22]
13. Haf'dah  [3:26]
14. Taqsim ‘ud  [4:01]

15. En el vettem  [4:27]   sung
Traditional Hungarian

Tim Rayborn
‘ud, medieval harp, saz, kaval, psaltery, qanun, sehtâr, tar, riqq, doumbek, zarb, naqqarat, voice

Recorded and mixed by Jim Heiman, Hypercussion Studio, Berkeley, CA, December, 2000 - January, 2001
A 24-bit digital recording
Mastered by Ken Lee, Oakland, CA, March, 2001 Cover photographs by Victoria Rozycki

Produced by Tim Rayborn

Photograph of Tim Rayborn by Don Melandry
CD designed by John Waller and Tim Rayborn
for full descriptions of the music and instruments used on this recording.

The music on this recording comes from many regions that historically had contact with the Arabic and Islamic world, and often were Muslim themselves, especially in the medieval and Ottoman periods.

Five songs are of historical and traditional origin, while the others are improvisations or compositions that reflect the spirit of that same ancient heritage. Some of the original pieces were composed first, while others were improvised during recording, capturing music the moment it was created. Improvising remains a common musical practice throughout many traditional cultures.

The album's title refers to both the “path beyond” the Arabic geographical center of Islamic culture and influence to these other lands, as well as “beyond” in the spiritual sense of leaving the mundane path of everyday life to travel the mystic path.