This album was inspired by reflections and memories from my time in Iran.
Watch the film: vimeo.com/husaruk/golestan
All music composed by Max LL
Featuring performances by Reza A., Ziya Tabassian, Bashir Faramarzi, Omar Abou Afach, Shahab Asgharzadeh & The Sofia Session Orchestra.
Album Artwork & Photography by Maude Plante-Husaruk
Mastering by Harris Newman
I'd like to thank all the amazing people that inspired me along my journey: Narges, Shahab, Reza, Nahid, Zoya, Arash, Parinaz, Parham, Sana, Maryam, Hamid, Nastaran, Keivan, Sally, Saughar & Amir, Nahid & Amin, Shiva, Zahra, Vahid, Amir, Eva, Klaus, Felix & Christina, Khayrina, Lalmo & Mona.
Golestan (Persian: گلستان Golestȃn "The Flower Garden", "Land of Flowers")
The words that are spoken and sung throughout the album are from a nameless Hafez poem:
"To me a rose-tinted cheek from flower garden of the world is enough;
From this meadow the shade of that flying cypress is enough;
May I and the company of the deceitful folk be far!
Of all earth's treasures a cup of wine to me is enough;
The palace of paradise for good deeds is bestowed,
To me, drunken and a beggar, the cloister of Magians is enough;
Sit beside the brook and watch the passage of life,
To me the image of passage of life to watch is enough;
Look for the cash in this world and the pain,
If these don't satisfy you, to me the profit and loss is enough;
The darling is with me, why should I desire more?
The pleasure of discourse with my dear darling is enough;
For God's sake send me not to paradise from your door,
For in this world the head of your street to me is enough;
Hafiz! it is unfair to complain about the watery flow of fate,
The nature like water, and moving gazelles to you is enough;"