“The purpose of music, considered in relation to God, is to arouse longing for God, and passionate love for Him, and to produce states in which God reveals Himself and His favor, which are beyond description and known only by experience. These states are called ecstasy.”
al-Ghazali, 10th Century Mystic
Taneen Sufi Music Ensemble – Taneen’s Website
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, members of Taneen are all aslekin (students) of the Sufi Masters Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar and Seyyedeh Dr. Nahid Angha. With an authentic fusion of Middle Eastern Sufi and Western musical influences, and deeply rooted in the Sufi tradition in its intention and inspiration, Taneen creates original melodies that wrap Sufi chant around sung Sufi poertry. They primarily sing the ecstatic love poetry of the great masters (such as Rumi, Hafez, Omar Khayam, and Moulana Shah Maghsoud) translated into English by Seyyedeh Dr. Nahid Angha, making the profound message of love which the Sufis profess accessible to all audiences.
Taneen has performed before international audiences at such events as the annual Sufism Symposium, the Parliament of World’s Religions, the Nobel Peace Institute, the United Nation’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, and many other events. [more]