For the cover of the CD we worked with Naomi from Chilli House Design to develop a concept that reflects the themes of the record. The inspiration behind the name "Beyond Bridges" is that in life and in our music we are constantly working to bridge the gulf between nations (and between generations), with a view that beyond the bridges is a place where harmony truly exists.
For the background image, we used a picture of Mosul city, shot by Iraqi photographer Saad Salem. Mosul is the site of the Ancient Assyrian capital Nineveh, and is also the city where both Robin's and Ahmed's mothers grew up. The instruments protruding out of the city are ones that were actually used on the recording. The pattern we use behind the Azadoota logo is a replica of a decorative motif found in the ancient palaces of Nineveh.
Have a look at some more of Saad's photos here.