This CD contains 7 tracks (over 50 minutes) of original music, and includes an 8 page booklet containing song lyrics, notes and background information, with graphic design and photography by Rob Dodson.
Noor Inayat Khan, Sufi Princess, daughter of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Children's Book Author, Musician, Allied Spy, died in Dachau September 13th 1944, 29 years old. The more I learned about her, the more I read her father's words, the more fascinated I became. This music is an expression of that.
Holder of both the George Cross and the Croix de Guerre, Noor Inayat Khan, the daughter of American Amina Begum and Indian Sufi Musician Hazrat Inayat Khan, was born in Moscow January 1st 1914. She spent most of her youth in Paris, but subsequent to Hazrat's death (1927), the outbreak of WW2 and the invasion of France Noor moved to London (1940). She returned to Paris in June 1943, as an Allied Spy Radio Operator, only to be captured in October. Held by the Gestapo, after great suffering Noor was executed September 13th 1944, in Dachau.
As I excavated this music, then worked it into shape I became aware of certain obsessions coursing through the lode... Like the moments of decision: to join the forces (a pacific Sufi daughter sees dark reality and the need for practicality and active work in the world), and when half-prescient she set foot in that Lysander for a final flight home. Like death, in Dachau.
Sufi, a particular stance, understanding, knowledge, or service. To give a life though? To what or who, inner or outer?
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