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Brian Campbell sets Rumi and Hafiz to music on his debut EP


Montreal songwriter Brian Campbell digs deep to find inspiration from his topsy-turvy life as a poet and his practices as a Buddhist to spread joy and hope on his EP release, A Crystal Rim, out now.

The EP features adaptations of poems by renowned poets such as Hafiz and Rumi as well as an original composition inspired by their work. With the work rooted in allegory, A Crystal Rim leaves listeners wanting to sit with the work for a while.

“All my adult life, ever since I encountered them, I have also been enthralled by the ecstatic visions of the Sufi poets Rumi and Hafiz,” Brian said.

“After voluminous reading, certain fingerstyle riffs on a nylon stringed guitar evoked memory of the three poems I set to music here.”

While recording the set of five songs, Brian called on some prominent guest artists, an arranger, and an engineer to build on the roots sound he started putting together over 30 years ago. The release reflects his passion for making music and poetry and his desire to offer joy and hope in these troubled times.

A Crystal Rim is a collection of heartfelt songs that showcase Brian’s dexterous fingerstyle guitar playing and impassioned vocals.



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