Yu Kyung-hwa, cithare cheolhyeongeum zither Lee Yong-koo, janggu drum
New music, new instrument : a “Hawaian” Korean zither… The sanjo was born at the end of the 19th century as a suite for a solo instrument and a drum. More than any other genre, it embodies the Korean traditional music of today…
The Coptic Orthodox Church carries with it the memory of a prestigious civilization: Ancient Egypt. This album offers a panorama of the solemn hymns sung every Sunday or on the Holy Days. Most of them are sung in Coptic, the liturgical language derived from ancient Egyptian.
The sanjo was born at the end of the 19th century as a suite for a solo instrument and a drum. More than any other genre, it embodies the Korean traditional music of today, probably because of its contemporary sounds and its stounding virtuosity.
Persia has been a major cradle of the maqâm, this musical art which influenced Asian cultures along the Silk Road up to the Chinese and Indian borders. This art culminated in the middle of the 19th century, under the reign of the Qajar. The classical repertoire radif was completely revised and reorganised, although it still complied with the tradition.
Đờn ca tài tử is genre of instrumental and vocal traditional music which arose in South Vietnam at the end of the 19th century from a combination of the ritual music nhạc lễ of southern Vietnam and the chamber music nhạc huế of central Vietnam. Its name means litterally "music and song of the amateurs" and shows that it is a musical entertainment for scholars and music lovers at all levels of society.
The musical arts of Vanuatu remain largely undocumented – whether in the detail of instruments, melodies and rhythms, or the poetic forms and styles used in the songs themselves. And yet, these artistic practices include treasures worthy of being brought to light.
This is the third album in a series of three CDs dedicated to the art of Korean sanjo. The sanjo is a suite for solo instrument accompanied unobtrusively by a drum. The sanjo draws on several heritages: the improvised shamanistic music sinawi, the one-actor opera pansori and the aristocratic chamber music pungnyu. Today, most of the Koreans consider this form as the most representative of their traditional music because, one generation of performers after the other, it is always changing.
The mohini attam (literally: "dance of the Enchantress") is the classical dance of Kerala, an South Indian state. This female dance reached its golden age under the reign of the Mahârâja Svâti Tirunâl (1813-1847) who composed a large part of the repertoire.
Munir Bashir, the legendary master of the ‘ûd, had several pupils but only one disciple, his son Omar. The death of Munir Bashir in 1997 was an important turning point in Omar’s career. He sought his own musical identity.
Created originally for the zither gayageum, the sanjo was soon adopted on other Korean instruments. It is the case of the ajaeng, large bowed zither with a powerful cello-like sound blended with silky and grainy tones.
The sanjo was born at the end of the 19th century as a suite for solo instrument accompanied unobtrusively by a drum. More than any other genre, sanjo embodies the Korean traditional music of today, probably because of its contemporary sounds and its stounding virtuosity.