Ashkan Behzadi’s (CRF 2021) ecstatically lyrical and intricately vibrant song cycle, Love, Crystal and Stone spins a fiery and ornate poetic narrative, imagining a radical folklore based on the poetry of Federico GarcΓ­a Lorca & Ahmad Shamlou’s translations and recordings of them. This project exists as this stunning book from TAK Editions, designed by the graphic luminariesΒ at Sonnenzimmer and featuring macabre, sensuous paintings byΒ Mehrdad Jafari. Cultural theoristΒ Saharnaz Samaeinejad crafted a transportive and engrossing essayβ€”an excerpt of which serves as the cornerstone of the book. Listen to Love, Crystal and Stone and preorder the book and album here.

There will be a release party on 5/9/22 at 8PM at The Invisible Dog Art Center.