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On his first release in over three years, acclaimed Turkish virtuoso Omar Faruk Tekbilek expands his “Mediterranean sound” beyond political, religious and geographic boundaries. Joined by an all-star cast of music luminaries including Enrique Morente, Arto Tuncboyaciyan, Ara Dinkjian, David Darling, Steve Roach and long-time collaborator Brian Keane, Omar Faruk applies his unity-in-diversity approach to a collection of songs colored with traditional Sufi melodies, Middle Eastern flavors and distinct traces of folk and flamenco. The result: a contemporary world music sound that is uplifting and exuberant, intuitive and spiritual.
Honored as a peacemaker and virtuoso, Omar Faruk Tekbilek is one of the most sought-after Middle Eastern musicians living in the United States. Relentless worldwide touring and a welcoming openness to music from all cultures position him as the rare artist who transcends political obstacles while maintaining traditional sensibilities. Tree of Patience is his personal acknowledgment of all the remarkable people he has encountered and who contributed to his development as an artist and a human being.