The Divine Spark

by Taraz Nosrat

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The Divine Spark - 3 years in the making & featuring instrumentation from classical guitar to ocarina and viola - is an original, Baha'i-inspired, world album, crafted to take you on a musical journey.

This 10-song album begins with Rise and Shine, an instrumental piece that uses music to convey the feeling of an unfolding of the day. But you must listen to it to fully feel what I mean. I even recorded the sounds of birds outside my apartment in the morning as ambient intro sounds of the song. From there, the album develops in a very specific and particular way, and I planned the arrangement and flow of the entire album purposefully.

Next, I utilize quotations and prayers from the Baha'i Writing that are meant to uplift and inspire, and explore music that fits within the context of each writing. I carefully chose writings that are particularly meaningful to me, exploring concepts such as unity, detachment, and humility.

Intertwined throughout the lyrics are original instrumental compositions. Diving through my musical background, there are lushly orchestrated, Persian-influenced folk songs... upbeat, happy ukulele songs... and other tracks that utilize the many instruments I play (classical guitar, ukulele, viola, melodica, bamboo ocarina). I am also very fortunate to collaborate with some friends who are lending their vocals for this album.

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released February 7, 2014

Written and Recorded by Taraz Nosrat
Mixed and Mastered by Gia Sky
Album Design by Sonny Sachs
Album Artwork (inside right panel) by Misha Maynerick Blaise
Bird Calligraphy by Mishkin Qalam


Vocals/Guitars/Ukulele/Ocarina/Melodica by Taraz
Bass by Brenton Kim (Tracks 2, 7, and 9)
Additional vocals by Ziba Nosrat (Track 4)
Additional vocals by Maryam Gilpatrick (Track 5)
Additional vocals by Camila Matamala-Ost (Track 6)

All lyrics are taken from a selection of Baha'i Writings and Prayers.
Bahá’í texts used with permission of the copyright holder, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States.

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Taraz Nosrat Houston, Texas

Taraz is a medical student at Texas A&M University, with a passion for music. Taking a year off after undergrad to pursue this project - The Divine Spark was developed and recorded. A multi-instrumentalist, he recorded guitar, viola, ukulele, melodica, ocarina, and vocal parts for the album. With 3 other guest vocalists and one guest bassist, I am happy to share with you The Divine Spark. ... more

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Track Name: So Powerful
"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth" - Abdu'l-Bahá
Track Name: The Balance
"As ye have faith, so shall your powers and blessings be. This is the balance, this is the balance, this is the balance." - Abdu'l-baha
Track Name: Hidden Word Seven
"O SON OF MAN! If thou lovest Me, turn away from thyself; and if thou seekest My pleasure, regard not thine own; that thou mayest die in Me and I may eternally live in thee." - Baha'u'llah, from the Hidden Words.
Track Name: Guide Me
"O God, guide me. O God, protect me. Make of me a shining lamp and a brilliant star. Thou art the mighty and the powerful." - Abdu'l-baha
Track Name: Change This World
"...O Thou the Compassionate God. Bestow upon me a heart which, like unto glass, may be illumined with the light of Thy love, and confer upon me thoughts which may change this world into a rose garden through the outpourings of heavenly grace." - Abdu'l-Baha
Track Name: Ladder for the Soul
The song title is taken from: "We, verily, have made music as a ladder for your souls, a means whereby they may be lifted up unto the realm on high; make it not, therefore, as wings to self and passion." - Baha'u'llah, Kitab-i-Aqdas
Track Name: Remover of Difficulties
"Is there any Remover of difficulties save God? Say: Praised be God! He is God! All are his servants, and all abide by his bidding!" - The Bab