Zieryeb Meickal aka Ziryab, Zieryeb or Ziryeb is a composer, singer and dancer. According to the artist himself, Zieryeb music and character are inspired by three main sources: The 9th century AD Arab musician, Abu al-Hassan Ali Ibn Nafi’, known by the alias Ziryab, as well as Mozart and Michael Jackson. Zieryeb’s musical character, aspires to combine the above three personalities into one person living in the 21st century, who listens to the current music trends, and compose good quality music that transcends time.
To this complex mix, Zieryeb Meickal has added other spices coming from Sufi and his very own spiritual background and interest in embracing all the cultures of the world and their subsequent musical genres. The result of all of this is a musical style that is basically the sum of so all these parts plus the lyrics which are usually either from famous poets of the past, such as Rumi and Ibn Arabi, etc., or written by Zieryeb himself, who interrogates the important current events of our time.
There is something compelling about Zieryeb’s musical works. It’s not the voices or echoes or even the captivating vocals on piano pieces, it’s what lies beneath. Zieryeb is a musical enchanter and he draws us in with the clever vocal orchestration and arrangements on his tracks, but we are propelled along by something else. It’s like a heartbeat. At first it’s rapid, strong and pumping in ‘Wonder’, slowing to a walk in ‘Ephemeral World’ and ‘Sunset’, then you are barely aware of it by the time you reach ‘My Horizon’.
The reason I think many people may like this music is Zieryeb’s capability to mix colorful, touching and melodic music into something soul healing and relaxing, while narrating a particular story or event in each song. There’s a lot to take in here; loads of touching piano sounds and beautiful harmonic voices in places.
Zieryeb hardly uses the simple “melody over a beat” style abused by many modern composers trying to reach a mainstream audience. His works have a more complex synthesis of subtle orchestrations, where melody and accompaniment reach a counterpoint, morphing into one another while retaining their individuality, producing subtle and ingenious variations. This approach gives Zieryeb’s music a feeling of connectedness, allowing the tracks to complement his storylines in an understated way. The result is haunting, powerful, and evocative.