Persian, Kurdish and Medieval Vocal Music come together in a new-age album performed in a historical monument in Iran.
Tehran, 12 October 2005 (CHN) - Nour Ensemble new album, Alba, has finally completed in time for the group's tour in France and WOMEX world music exposition.
Nour Ensemble's tour around France begins on 16 October and will continue for almost a month. The tour will include several concerts in cities like Rennes, Toulouse, Lille, Orleans, and Bourges.
Meanwhile, the new album of the band is released under the title of "Alba". Alba has been recorded at the ruins of the 1600-year-old Ardeshir Babakan Fortress, south of Iran, an experience that has influenced the team profoundly.
Alba will be premiered out of Iran at this year's edition of WOMEX (Gateshead, UK, October 26-30, 2005).
The concept of the Nour Ensemble's repertoire is based on Persian, Kurdish and Medieval Vocal Music. Supervised by Christophe Rezaii, they have combined Persian and Kurdish folk melodies, Spanish Cantigas, and Gregorian Chants.
The band which includes 9 artists, French and Persian, singers and instrumentalists, brings together different yet similar musical traditions to reinterpret traditional Kurdish, Persian and European repertoire.
Medieval pieces, Gregorian plain song, and Spanish Cantigas from a repertoire situated between 9th and 15th centuries are dialoguing, intertwined with Persian and Kurdish folk and traditional melodies.
"The album was recorded in 3 days in Ardeshir-e Babakan Fortress in Fars province, without removing the extra noises like the voices of local inhabitants, dogs' howling and the owl which has a nest in the dome of the structure," says Christophe Rezaii.
"The recording days were so intense that we rarely had time for a break," he added, "Even once, during the recording, our voice recording staff had spotted a scorpion but they could not do a single thing except slowly turning around the room they had created as their studio until the recording was finished," he and Ramin Sadighi, managing director of Hermes Records which has released the album, recall.
Nour's repertoire is more than 80 minutes and includes tracks such as "Alleluia" (from Graduale Romanum), "Gloria Patri et filio" (from Graduale Romanum), "Novus annus" (piece from Ecole Saint Martial de Limoges), "Uterus Hodie" (piece from Ecole Saint Martial de Limoges).
Their tour around France will end on November 6 with a concert in Orleans.
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