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“The Way of the Heart is an invigorating, one-woman show that captures the passion and restless wisdom of Rumi. With music, poetry and excerpts from Rumi's talks, TAMIR brings Rumi alive in the 21st century." --Neil Douglas-Klotz, author of The Sufi Book of Life: 99 Pathways of the Heart for the Modern Dervish

“The Way of the Heart narrated by TAMIR combined with Amir Vahab’s Persian compositions. Historic background and story flow easily into poetry and the music arises and retreats as we travel into the ecstatic poetry of Rumi. Each of the collaborators brings their unique background and expertise to the creation of this CD. Their combined talent and experience comes through in the quality of the production, which brings a distinctive presentation of ancient ecstasy to our contemporary ears. Anyone who enjoys the poetry of Rumi, will surely enjoy this CD.” --Dr. A. Pryor, Sufism Journal

“Only a person who has walked in the garden can truly identify the natural fragrance when it is captured in the jar of perfume. TAMIR’s work will be most appreciated by those who have walked in the garden. By helping to bring the timeless message of human unity and divine oneness expressed through Rumi into a contemporary focus she is helping to make us all more fragrant.” --Jonathan Granoff, author, attorney, President Global Security Institute

“The Way of the Heart is an honest and heartfelt expression by TAMIR. Her years of dedicated and artistic vision are fully realized in this beautifully narrated work. Her voice embodies her integrity and her soul.” Arthur Joseph, vocal coach to the stars

VERSE AND MUSIC (NY Spirit)

The Way of the Heart: Ecstatic Poetry and Stories of Rumi, compiled by Dr. Andrew Vidich and TAMIR, narrated by TAMIR, music by Amir Vahab (Amrit Productions)

“The thirteenth-century Persian poet Jalal-ul-Din Rumi is world famous for his mystical and ecstatic verse, especially in the East, where his name is usually preceded by the title of “Maulana” (Master). Actress, poet, and playwright TAMIR hopes to bring his genius to the modern west with her new CD, The Way of the Heart. Accompanied by the Iranian musician Amir Vahab, TAMIR recites the poetry and stories of Rumi, as well as providing commentary and teachings. TAMIR’s voice is smooth and sultry, perfect for interpreting Rumi’s poetry of divine love, and Vahab’s musical accompaniment, featuring sounds from authentic Middle Eastern instruments like the Ney, the tanbur, and the daf, makes you feel as if you are walking through the Persian desert almost a millennium ago. TAMIR selected the verse and stories for this CD with the help of Dr. Andrew Vidich, who is a founding member of the Interfaith Council of New York, which lets you know that the aim of this project is one of synthesis, not division. In a world where the culture and traditions of the Middle East are met with derision in the West, projects like The Way of the Heart are vital in that they remind us that rich life lessons and artistic excellence transcend both time and politics. (NT)

www.nyspirit.com

TAMIR (Persian Heritage)

TAMIR actress and playwright has just launched a CD, “The Way of the Heart,” in a very interesting form, live theater. The event was held on November 18 at the New York Open Center. Her performance both on stage and in the CD is one of passion and certain to invigorate yet relax the soul.

Being able to interpret a Rumi poem at a level of excellence is something that one is born with, rather than developed and TAMIR is an example of this at birth gift. Her sultry voice and musical accompaniment of Amir Vahab lures the listener into a world of serenity and peace yet, awakens the soul and embellishes the beauty of the Rumi poem.

Today we live in a fast paced world, one in which there is little time to relax and rid the body of daily tension. “The way of the Heart,” may be one of the ways to make the day a bit more tolerable.

-- Staff writer, “Persian Heritage” Spring 2007

TAMIR: The Way of the Heart (Javanan Magazine)

Rumi is not for everyone. Not everyone is seeking union with God or the path of unconditional love. Yet, for those of us who do feel ourselves pulled by a desire for spiritual nourishment, actress, poet, and playwright TAMIR has developed The Way of the Heart, a CD and one-woman stage performance that makes the 13th century Sufi poet’s body of work accessible to a variety of audiences.

Accompanied by Iranian composer Amir Vahab, who plays the daf, setar, and ney among other instruments, TAMIR recites poems and tells stories from the Masnavi, one of Rumi’s greatest collenctions. With simple gestures and elegantly minimal movements, TAMIR talks to us about Rumi, about his friendship with Shams-i-Tabriz, and about his journey towards attaining union with the Beloved. Just as Rumi was a conduit for the Source, so is TAMIR a conduit for Rumi as she presents the stories with the humor and insight he injected them with.

Amir Vahab’s musical intervals provide a soundtrack, but also illustrate the imagery put forth by the words. The hollowness of the heart or the brightness of day can be heard through the whistling of the ney, while the palpitations of butterfly wings are sounded out on a daf. At times, he softly sings Farsi renditions of the poems underneath TAMIR’s English reading.

The performance has been seen in venues from San Francisco to New York to Scotland. TAMIR hopes to gain a wider audience for her staging of The Way of the Heart, not only to convey the beauty that ecstatic poetry breeds, but also to show gratitude to the Muslim people – who in current days are looked upon so unfavorably in all other media – for their significant cultural contributions to modern and and ancient civilization.

Rumi has become one of the most read poets in the world, and TAMIR’s piece has made his poetry simple for those who wish to understand the quest for divine union, as he sought throughout his life. In his words, she tells us to “come, come whoever you are…come, yet again come.”

Sasha Ali, Javanan Magazine

The Way of the Heart” of Rumi (Turkish Journal)

“The Way of the Heart” Ecstatic poetry and Sufi teaching stories, is a beautiful CD recited by TAMIR (one name only) music by Amir Vahab. Even though I know Rumi well, I discovered new understanding of many familiar and faborite lines. TAMIR has the ability to communicate directly and simply and her clear diction, crystal clear enunciation is a pleasure to listen to. Her interpretation is impressive in use of voice and effective in smooth transition so that there is a seamless flow from story to poem to teaching. TAMIR brings hundredes of years of Rumi’s value to today’s listeners and in her rendition history meets today. She creates a necessary bridge between traditional thought and contemporary sound and in the true spirit of Rumi, the CD becomes accessible to audiences of all backgrounds and cultures. This is a graceful and tasteful audio work of art enhanced by Amir Vahab’s multi-instrumental and vocal compositions.

TAMR is a professional actress with many credits of major roles, four one-woman shows, who has recorded 25 books and voice-overs.

What makes this CD so unique is that she combines artistic skill and profound sincerity as a disciple and follower of a spiritual path.

TAMIR brings RUMI alive by dipping into the realm of mysticism and art, and by depicting the journey of the lover of God. She says: “We find deep answers for the plight of the planet and for our spiritual evolution, we are all fundamentally connected. I just got back from Konya, Turkey and we are celebrating the 800-year anniversary of Rumi’s birth. Centuries melt and dissolve when we deeply listen to his poetic vision. He was, and is a citizen of the world. When he died members of all faiths mourned his passing as if he were one of their own. He is the antidote to the mad clash of east and west.”

To the question why Rumi? TAMIR says: “Three of my four brothers are engineers as was my father and one of the brothers is also a nuclear physicist and mathematician. I am also married to Dr. Vidich (who co-authored the text) with a PhD in Islam; I myself have two MA’s. I am obviously attracted to and surrounded by academia and men of learning. With all that, even at a young age I was always seeking higher truths not just higher learning. My awe of Rumi was magnified when I learned that he a scholar and respected teacher with a huge following was swept into the world of mysticism by Shams and surrendered to the inner transformation that set his heart ablaze.

In addition, I started dancing when I was seven, first ballet then modern dance. In my teens, I befriended a gifted musician and composer and on many moonlit nights, we roamed the hills of Jerusalem his music accompanying my bare foot dancing on the stones. Often my feet bled and I didn’t notice I was so engrossed in dancing, mostly twirling and whirling in the cool summer nights until I felt that the night and I had turned into dawn together. Many years later, when I learned that Mevlevi turning is a spiritual practice and that Rumi whirled in ecstasy on a landscape that looked very much like where I had grown up, it seems that I had waited for years to meet this magnificent friend whose words are as alive now as they were when they poured through him in divine revelation.”

I recommend this CD to all.

Secluk Acar, www.turkishjournal.com/opinions-literature

The Way of the Heart VISION Magazine, July 2007

THE WAY OF THE HEART: Ecstatic Poetry and Stories of Rumi, compiled by Dr. Andrew Vidich and actress, poet and playwright TAMIR is performed by TAMIR, with music by Master Iranian musician Amir Vabab . It is a sensuous and profound meditation on one of the most profound poets of our time. The poetry of thirteenth-century Persian poet Jalal-ul-Din Rumi is interspersed with Vabab's luxurious notes on the Ney, Daf, Tanbur, Setar and Chogur. From the first track which introduces the CD with Rumi's famous “Listen to the Sound of the Flute” to the last, TAMIR's voice, imbued with a sultry yet reassuring femininity, gives the listener permission to sit back, relax and soak in each passage. TAMIR's experiences as a child shed light on some early inspiration for this work that would come years later. ?“ In my teens, I befriended a gifted musician and composer and on many moonlit nights, we roamed the hills of Jerusalem, his music accompanying my bare foot dancing on the stones,” says TAMIR. “ . Many years later, when I learned that... Rumi whirled in ecstasy on a landscape that looked very much like where I had grown up, it seems that I had waited for years to meet this magnificent friend whose words are as alive now as they were when they poured through him in divine revelation.”?There is a hefty supply of Rumi's poems and TAMIR interweaves stories, anecdotes and clarifications in just the right amount to move us along. Dr. Vidich, a PhD in Comparative Religion with a specialization in Sufi Studies, and TAMIR have done an excellent job in choosing recitable text that not only provided examples of Rumi's work but laid out a symbolic map his life as well. ?Many others performers and scholars, including Coleman Barks, Deepak Chopra and a variety of music and screen stars have tried their hand at Rumi recitation. TAMIR's thoughtful voice, Amir Vabab's music and Dr. Andrew Vidich's scholarly input together make a thorough rendering that stands out above the others. In the end, one gets the feeling of having made acquaintances with the master mystic and poet. We feel as if we have had a glimpse of Rumi in some of his many manifestations - as a student, a teacher, a mystic, a scholar, a divinely inspired poet and as a man. With each of these glimpses into his world, we learn something profound about ourselves as well. ?The Way of the Heart can be found at www.rumi-wayoftheheart.com or on amazon.com.

One Spirit Learning Alliance 330 W 38th St. Suite 1500 NYC NY 10018 Dear TAMIR,

Just to thank you so very much again for your outstanding presentation to the students and faculty of One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. What a wonderful, loving gift to all of us!

Not only were your choices of poems and stories perfect for our students who had been studying Islam and Sufism that month, the combination of your artistry, integrity and simply beautiful voice were a precious addition to our studies this year.

Rumi came alive for us in an extraordinary way through you and your accompanist, Amir Vahab, whose music was simply awe inspiring, as was your performance. Your interpretations of the Rumi poems and Sufi stories resulted in our students’ and staff leaving class that day, transported to another dimension. It was a highlight of the year for all of us.

We were grateful, of course, for your bringing your CD’s but more grateful indeed for your generosity and Amir’s in offering your time and extraordinary talent to us.

May God continue to bless your work in the world. You offer upliftment in a challenging time.

Love, appreciation, and many blessings to you.

Rev. Joyce Liechenstein, Ph.D.
Associate Director, One Spirit Interfaith Seminary

“Allow TAMIR to awaken the soul of Rumi within you. Stunning!” -- Dr. Wayne Dyer

“TAMIR is cerainly traveling this way of the heart. She is good company.” -- Coleman Barks

“The Way of the Heart” is an invigorating, one-woman show that captures the passion and restless wisdom of Rumi. With music, poetry and excerpts from Rumi's talks, TAMIR brings Rumi alive in the 21st century." --Neil Douglas-Klotz, author of The Sufi Book of Life: 99 Pathways of the Heart

“The Way of the Heart” narrated by TAMIR with Amir Vahab’s Persian compositions. Historic background and story flow easily into poetry and the music arises and retreats as we travel into the ecstatic poetry of Rumi. Each of the collaborators brings their unique background and expertise to the creation of this CD. Their combined talent and experience comes through in the quality of the production, which brings a distinctive presentation of ancient ecstasy to our contemporary ears. Anyone who enjoys the poetry of Rumi, will surely enjoy this CD.” --Dr. A. Pryor, Sufism Journal

“Only a person who has walked in the garden can truly identify the natural fragrance when it is captured in the jar of perfume. TAMIR’s work will be most appreciated by those who have walked in the garden. By helping to bring the timeless message of human unity and divine oneness expressed through Rumi into a contemporary focus she is helping to make us all more fragrant.” -- Jonathan Granoff, author, attorney, President Global Security Institute

“The Way of the Heart is an honest and heartfelt expression by TAMIR. Her years of dedicated and artistic vision are fully realized in this beautifully narrated work. Her voice embodies her integrity and her soul.” - Arthur Joseph, vocal coach to the stars

Actress, poet, and playwright TAMIR brings Rumi’s genius to the modern west with her new CD, The Way of the Heart. Accompanied by Iranian musician Amir Vahab, TAMIR recites the poetry and stories of Rumi, as well as providing commentary and teachings. TAMIR’s voice is smooth and sultry, perfect for interpreting Rumi’s poetry of divine love, and Vahab’s musical accompaniment, featuring the Ney, the tanbur, and the daf, makes you feel as if you are walking through the Persian desert almost a millennium ago. TAMIR and Dr. Vidich selected the verse and stories. He is a founding member of the Interfaith Council of New York, which lets you know that the aim of this project is one of synthesis. In a world where the culture and traditions of the Middle East are met with derision in the West, projects like The Way of the Heart are vital in that they remind us that rich life lessons and artistic excellence transcend both time and politics. (NT) www.nyspirit.com

“Just as Rumi was a conduit to the Source, so is TAMIR a conduit for Rumi as she presents the stories with the humor and insight he injeted them with.” -- Javanan Magazine

“TAMIR nails every line and confidently channels Rumi’s message.” -- Persian Mirror

'The Way of the Heart' poetry of Rumi" by TAMIR (Spiritual/Spoken Word Artist from New York (NY))

Mon Oct 20 22:54:08 2008
by Radioindy Admin
"'The Way of the Heart' poetry of Rumi" is a spoken word album by TAMIR, narrator; Amir Vahab, music that brings the insight of the thirteenth century mystical poet back to life. Narrated by the smooth, sultry, and theatrical voice of voiceover artist TAMIR and accompanied by spiritual and befitting backing music by Persian multi-instrumentalist Amir Vahab, this release celebrates Rumi's wisdom on ten penetrable tracks. These stories and poems offer commentaries and teachings on spirituality, divine love, and the mystery of love. "The Way of the Heart" is well-recorded; TAMIR's spoken word delivery is clean and Vahab's instrumentals sound precise and balanced. "Gamble" is a great story about paradox and risk in the game of love, with the inspiring lyric, "Gamble everything for love, if you're a true human being." "Separation" has frantic poetry delivered by TAMIR matched by frantic acoustic instrumental work from Vahab. "Sacrifice" is a poem about a conversation between a chickpea and a chef that comments on the predestination and liveliness of the chickpea. "The Way of the Heart" is an excellent release 800 years in the making, and anyone who marvels at the insightfulness and mysticism of Rumi are going to want to pick "'The Way of the Heart' poetry of Rumi" up.

-Chris & the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

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