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Born in the world’s oldest capital city of Damascus – Syria on August 13th 1982, Luay Rifai’s self-taught approach to the instrument of electric guitar, revealed high dexterity in original and cunning playing, bringing together his diverse passionate melodic licks and rhythms along with remarkable over the top shred-ability, emerging him as an outstanding upmost instrumental rock guitar virtuoso. Throughout the years, Luay Rifai has been part of numerous genre-specific online communities, participating in various collaboration projects with independent musicians around the globe.
Being a medical doctor further contributed his mind-set and very detail-oriented demeanor of always willing to go the extra mile to get the perfect take & feel he’s looking for. Coordinating both, music & medicine, reflects his well-rounded personality, as he thrives to establish where those two worlds collide.
New album release is due (March 6th 2009); "Vital" is a concept album in the style of instrumental rock guitar, the album includes the track "Vital"; 36 min long concept instrumental piece split into 7 tracks, in addition to 5 stand-alone tracks.
The concept revolves around the miracle of being alive. A truly pulsating and dynamic, vibrant entity that is full of life, breathing, beating, with vivacious energy.
The dialogue is on how merely having organic material as it is will not be sufficient to manifest life, it requires something very "Vital" which is the non-organic "essence" or soul that runs through to connect all the different portions essential for the persistence of life. It’s the search between body & soul.
The musical counterpart to the concept is interpreted as the song being divided into several movements, each representing a fundamental element of a living entity. In addition to the “essence of living" which is signified by the main theme; a melodic run played in different modes, recurring in each separate component of the entire instrumental. Without the essence, every other part is only organic and devoid of life. Yet still, if it isn’t for each of the single organic constituents in every section, this very essence of living will also be lost.
The essence of living is thriving to unite with the body throughout the whole track; it emerges frequently as the melodic theme in various shapes in attempts to join different organs together. Although tough at first with seemingly distant parallel alignment, by the finale they form one in harmony, denoting in totality the vital existence of the miracle of living.
1 - Vital I-Nucleus (04:14)
2 - Vital II-Circulation (06:05)
3 - Vital III-Pulse (04:24)
4 - Vital IV-Intelligence (08:06)
5 - Vital Vl-Breath (02:50)
6 - Vital VI-Sentiment (04:48)
7 - Vital VII-Essence (05:32)
8 - Faithful Spirits (05:02)
9 - Prelude For Glenn Gould (05:32)
10 - Voodoo Frenzy (05:03)
11 - Bloodshed (04:20)
12 - Of Cold Dreams and A Mirror (10:27)
Duration: 68:20 | Bitrate: 320 kBit/s | Year: 2009 | Size: 166 mb