The New York Times
December 3, 2005
Two Musical Worlds Meet, and Occasionally Touch
By NATE CHINEN
..."Tabligh," a suite Mr. Smith has composed with Alan Kushan,
a figure in avant-garde world music, harnesses a few of those ideas for a modern take on Persian classical music and Sufi devotional practice.
The piece, which had its premiere on Thursday night at Merkin Concert Hall, had the feel of something loosely dictated rather than meticulously prescribed.
Experimentalism is the bridge between Mr. Smith, a founding member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and Mr. Kushan, a cosmopolitan instrument maker and composer. Each led his own ensemble at Merkin, making for a rather literal illustration of jazz meeting world music.....
December 21, 2005
JAZZ MEETS ISLAM
By Howard Mandel
Persian classical music would seem far from avant-garde jazz. But that assumption underestimates how iconoclastic jazz improvisers really are, and how adaptive masters of ancient disciplines can be.
Proof: "Tabligh," a 90-minute concerto for edgy jazzers and open-minded Middle Eastern instrumentalists composed by trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and Alan Kushan...
Music flows from the soul, hands and voice of Alan Kushan in a passionate stream, lyric or volcanic. He is an artist of the highest caliber, for whom virtuosity is conduit of true expression.
Winter Solstice 2004
Alan Kushan is about tuning, very subtle tuning ! Everything about him is in tune. He builds his beautifully crafted one-of-a-kind bass Santurs from the finest oriental wood and adds extra bass strings and resonators allowing him to create a new harmonic pallet capable of exploring what he calls "the origins of our questions".
Not satisfied with answers to his questions, he is seeking the fundamental human need to question with every stroke he makes, with every breath he takes. He is in fact on a Q U E S T. And of course he is seeking....
Issue of 2005-04-04
TZADIK MUSIC FESTIVAL
By Howard Mandel
The tenth-anniversary celebration of John Zorn's composer-friendly label concludes with shows by Charming Hostess and Pharaoh's Daughter and Alan Kushan...
The curtain lifted. You could see the outline of a man sitting in the center of the stage with his head down. The sound of the santur was faint at best.
People sitting around tables at the Noruz celebrations in Berkeley, northern California, were too busy cracking nuts and munching on fruits and cookies to notice the music.
Then suddenly, a series of thunderous sounds rocked the hall. People's jaws froze instantly and they began to listen. A delicate santur couldn't make such sounds, surely. But Alan Kushan's can. And the effect is absolutely magnificent.
Kushan, an Iranian Kurd with appropriate long, dark hair, has added piano, harp and harpsichord strings to the traditional santur, creating a unique bass sound that has brought a powerful dimension to this ancient instrument. Add Kushan's brilliant musical talent and you have something very special.
آلبوم "شبتاب" در گفتو گو با آلان کوشان، نوازنده و آهنگساز
آلبوم «شبتاب» اثر تازهای از آلان کوشان در گفتوگو با او