The two most primitive instruments – drum and voice – join together on this extraordinary debut release, SUNYATA, from the spellbinding duo known as Vas. Azam Ali’s fluidly pure voice is profound and primeval. Her songs, in a language of her own design, express emotions too deep and intricate for the simple patterns of words. Greg Ellis’ variety of percussion instruments, such as the dumbek, udu, bowls, bells, shakers and tambura, come from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, as well as the West, to create unique rhythms and sounds. Together voice and percussion meld in sensual, instinctive and highly enjoyable contemporary music flavored by tradition but accessible to a Western audience.