Steven Flynn: Rapture Rumi
Steven Flynn has created an exquisite new CD titled “Rapture Rumi.” The compositions are inspired by the poetry of 13th century mystic Jelaluddin Rumi (AKA a Whirling Dervish). The music was originally created for Robert Davidson’s dance production also named “Rapture Rumi”, which premiered in Seattle, Washington at “On the Boards”. In fact, the over-all feel of this CD has a unique continuity that brings to my mind an evolving story. The music itself has a fresh new quality combined with familiar Steven Flynn’isms’. Along with Steven’s ney (reed flute), tar (frame drum), and synthesizers, Armando Mafufo adds his percussive magic with dumbek and tar, Karl Sacksteder plays digeridoo in two cuts, and Jeffrey Sick plays violin in one cut. Each song contains an oddly familiar sense of what it is to be held by one or more of this life’s passions.This music is very dancable, although you won’t be able to put together a modern Egyptian routine from it. For listening, either as a support for meditation, or background for any number of pleasant activities, this music is a delightful experience.