Vas was a musical group composed of vocalist/dulcimer player
Azam Ali and percussionist Greg Ellis. Ali's voice is breathtakingly
pure and beautiful, and she sings in a hybrid dialect which is part-
Hindi, part-Farsi, and part a language of the heart, in a mix which
conveys emotions in a poetic manner. Ellis' percussive work is an
amazing blend of American jazz and Middle Eastern and African music. Combined as
Vas, they made music which was unique, comparable in some
ways to that of Dead Can Dance and Sheila Chandra. Vas' last album was released
in 2004, Greg and Azam have since continued with their own separate projects.
(click on any album cover for more information)
Solo works by Greg Ellis and Azam Ali:
Here are some selections from Vas' press kit.
Thanks to Narada for making them available!
(fixed incomplete images 11-20-04)
Echoes radio program
(plays a good amount of Vas' music, occasionally have Vas on
for concerts and interviews. To see what's upcoming on the
program, click here. Also has a
service of archived programs).
Also, via Google,
here is a playlist collection of Echoes' programs which featured Vas.
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