Produced by Stephen Small and Sonbol Taefi
Number of tracks: 9
Arrangements: Stephen Small
Coral and Pearls is a devotional album with lyrics inspired by the Baha’i Writings.
The songs are performed by Sonbol Taefi, and feature a number of talented vocalists from across the world. These are Luke Slott (Ireland), Elika Mahony (China), Nasime Wattiaux (Australia). The songs are performed in four languages - Persian, English, Spanish and Arabic.
The title song, Coral and Pearls was recorded with the Czech National Symphony. Coral and Pearls is a prayer for marriage revealed by Abdu’l-Baha. Sonbol composed this track in 2009 for her daughter’s wedding. It was originally written for string quartet but later developed rto a full ensemble piece for recording. The music takes inspiration from old Persian wedding music.
The rest of the songs on the album were recorded in New Zealand with acoustic instruments; piano, guitar, percussion and strings as well as backing vocals and choral arrangements.