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Amir Beso / Press

"Bosnia's answer to Jimi Hendrix!"

Misha Berson - Seattle Times

“Amir Beso has put together a guitar player’s dream set with Fatamorgana. Taking hints of Flamenco and Classical styles and mixing them with bits of Jazz, Folk and even Rock, Beso proves to be one of the best players this side of the Atlantic. This release was written, recorded, mixed, produced and mastered by Beso. This is an artist with many talents, and the best of them is his ability to write the magical melodies you hear on Fatamorgana. Each song seems to have a beating heart and a personality. Surviving in a war-torn Sarajevo for many years, Beso conveys the spirit of the time through his instrument in songs like Balkan Nights and Sweet Solitude. There are so many emotions flowing through these songs. The solemn grace and sensitivity that emanates from Laura’s Lullaby and Mikey’s Song, are offset by the playful bounce of tunes like Gypsyland and Caravan. This is instrumental guitar music of the highest caliber.”

“The music is as fascinating as the story of the musician himself, a man who somehow learned to draw incredible sounds from the guitar while surrounded by the chaos of wartime Sarajevo. There is depth to each of the songs on this CD that words can't really explain and the best I can say is that Amir Beso is easily on the caliber of Santana or Jimi Hendrix in terms of raw talent. I don't believe there's one song on this CD that you won't love.”

Unsigned Magazine

"This CD evokes happy, carefree memories. It has a romantic and sexy tone, bringing me down to earth to simply enjoy life and live every moment to the fullest. I want to make passionate love on a desolate beach or in a green meadow to the lilting rhythm of this sweet music."

Samantha - Amazon.com

“Virtuoso is a word too often tossed about lightly. But, it would not be out of place in describing this album and the Balkan-born musician whose work it represents. Amir Beso is, in the best sense of the word, a virtuoso. You don't even have to like the kind of music on his album, Fatamorgana, to admit his virtuosity. It's evident by the precise fingering and fretting that this is a skilled guitarist. It's also evident there's a recognizable talent at work when a debut album is nominated for the prestigious Independent Music Awards in 2006 in two categories. Fatamorgana offers a pleasant listening experience. It's an exotic mix -- flamenco, gypsy, Middle Eastern -- but with a modern twist perhaps owing to Beso's early immersion in metal and rock. From the title track to "Balkan Nights" and the lovely lullaby written for his wife, there's a lot of passion and just plain good listening in those 10 tracks.”

"This guitarist from Sarajevo mixes gypsy jazz, Balkan folk and modern production for an acoustic winner."

Brian Grosjean - The Culture Café, WWUH

"Sarajevo-born songwriter Beso laces his Gypsy guitar instrumentals with hints of New Age loopiness on this debut CD. It's a little like receiving massage therapy in the middle of a Balkan picnic."

Tizzy Asher - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"The Balkans seem to be fertile ground for nurturing incredible guitarists. Amir Beso's music nicely draws on the polyrhythms and modal scales indigenous to his homeland."

Alan Fark - Minor 7th