by Emam and Friends
This album by Emam and Friends features many Ancient Future musicians and shows influences from jazz, rock, Indian, Turkish, Eastern European, Spanish, folk, and devotional music. The music ranges from upbeat rock fused with Indian music to traditional Turkish & Macedonian gypsy songs to very jazzy sounds with sophisticated rhythms with George Brooks on the sax to soft rock and devotional songs by the singer songwriter Jillian Speer.
Sacred Insanity features Sivamani (South Indian drum set master), Emam (tabla, nylon string guitar, synth programming), Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard and electric guitar), Moses Sedler (cello), Manose Singh (bamboo flutes), Tom Grant (piano), Jillian Speer (vocals, nylon string guitar), Gary Haggerty (oud, mandocello), George Brooks (sax), Phil Baker (bass), Kip Richardson (drums), Jeffry Sick (violin), Shabda Khan (vocals), and Narottama Alden (bass).
- Dancing Fairies (Emam. 4:43). Rock and roll meets the bamboo flute! RealAudio.
- Om Namah Shivay (Jillian Speer. 5:21). Jillians original composition with ancient Sanskrit prayers as the lyrics.
- Sacred Insanity (Emam. 6:28). A jazzy tune with a sacredly insane drum track (21 beat rhythm cycle: 5+5+5+6) and a smooth sax. RealAudio.
- Angel Among Us (Jillian Speer. 6:30). Original lyrics and music by Jillian.
- Spanish Trance - Part I (Traditional. 3:44). A vocal approach to an old song. Inspired by Spanish music, Gregorian chants, and Indian rhythms.
- Smile My Friend (Emam. 6:48). A compositional gift to Gary Haggerty, who loves to play gypsy tunes with odd rhythms!
- Gayatri (Jillian Speer. 5:21). Another one of Jillians original compositions with ancient Sanskrit prayers as the lyrics. RealAudio.
- Gypsy Song (Traditional. 4:16). Adaptation of a traditional Turkish gypsy dance tune, presented with the Indian tabla for rhythm.
- Spanish Trance II, III (Traditional. 3:34, 2:02). An instrumental/improvisational approach to the same Spanish song. RealAudio.
- The Rejected. (Jillian Speer. 4:35). Jillian wrote this one as a response to how the wealthy treats the under class especially in India.
- Tinkers Dance (Traditional. 4:36). Garys interpretation of a traditional Macedonian song, with a world fusion twist. RealAudio.
- Dance of the Hermit (Emam. 14:48). A fascination with the Tarot card #9 (Hermit) resulted in this piece in a slow 9 beat cycle. It moves between very Indian sounding and very jazzy sections, then resolves into an oud solo.