Played by Anna Sutyagina Once upon a time, all the birds in the land decided they needed a leader for their community. A leader, they thought, would make their community stronger. Representatives of all the bird species gathered for a conference. “I know where you can find such a leader,” said the hoopoe bird. “It is the Simorgh and it lives far from here. We have to go through seven valleys in order to find it.”

The Persion Sufi writer Fariduddin Attar has created this ancient epic poem “The Conference of the Birds”. It has inspired the Dutch composer Jisk Lieftink for his piano composition “Journey of the Birds”. I play for you one piece out of nine when the birds have to cross the “Seven Valleys”. I invite you to accompany me and the birds for a while on this journey.

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