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Irfan (BG)


(myspace) Irfan is a Bulgarian music band. Its name is borrowed from the Sufi terminology and can be translated from Persian and Arabic as "gnosis", "mystic knowledge" or "revelation". Irfan's music is an invitation for a mystical trip in and beyond time, a message, poetically extended in the language of the heart. World reviews are hesitant about the genre categorization of Irfan's music, determining it as Neoclassical / World Music / Sacred Music / Ethereal Music / Heavenly voices. Indeed Irfan's music is a World Fusion and it is influenced by the sacred and folk music traditions of Bulgaria, the Balkans, Persia, Caucasus, the Middle East and North Africa, as well as by the musical and spiritual heritage of Byzantium and Medieval Europe, yet it retains its own original sound. The musicians use traditional instruments and vocal techniques from the same regions and historical periods. Irfan is known for its extensive use of ethereal and mystic female vocals in addition to strong male vocals and choirs in combination with an assortment of (Bulgarian, Balkan, Oriental, Persian, Indian) and medieval European string, wind and percussive instruments like oud, saz, tambura, santoor, viola da gamba, harmonium, kaval, duduk, nay, darbouka, daf, bodhran, zarb and riq that are woven into a delicate electronic dark ambient sound.

Die Gründung der bulgarischen Band Irfan fand 2001 statt. Der Name stammt aus dem arabisch-persischen Raum und wird allgemeinhin mit "Erkenntnis" übersetzt.
Musikalisch ähnelt ihr Stil dem von Bands wie Dead Can Dance oder Love Is Colder Than Death. Sie kombinieren einen Männerchor mit der himmlisch-mystischen Stimme von Sängerin Denitza Seraphimova und größtenteils mittelalterlichen und traditionellen Instrumenten ihrer Heimat. Auch in den Melodien finden sich Einflüsse des Mittelalters in Europa, dem Balkan und dem Mittleren Osten wieder.
2003 erschien das Debüt-Album "Irfan", im Oktober 2007 das zweite Werk "Seraphim" (sechsflüglige Engel).