Meïkhâneh © Claire Huteau 2017
La Silencieuse (new album front cover)
Meïkhâneh © Claire Huteau 2017
Meïkhâneh © Claire Huteau 2017


Live at Atelier d'Aran, June 2017, Rennes, France
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  • country:France
  • region:Brittany
  • style(s):Global Fusion, World
  • label:Buda Musique
  • type:Small Ensemble, Trio
  • gender:male, female
  • instrumentation:instrumental, vocal, percussion, string, unplugged, lute, guitar
  • artist submitted by:Routes Nomades

Line up

  • Johanni Curtet (Khöömii (throat singing), guitar, dombra lute)
  • Maria Laurent (voice, tovshuur lute, morin khuur fiddle)
  • Milad Pasta (Zarb, Udu drum, Daf (iranian percussions))


Meikhâneh's compositions are fed by imagination, improvisation and traditional music from Europe, Mongolia and Iran. The luminous and captivating voices carry the power of East European singings, the aerial melodies of the great spaces, as well as the depth of the khöömii, Mongolian overtone singing. One can hear traveling cords recalling the steppes of Asia and Andalusia. The chiseled rhythms of percussion draw on the Persian tradition.
Meïkhâneh takes us to the heart of a music without borders that caresses the soul. Its name borrowed from Persian poetry means the "House of Intoxication". We let ourselves be carried...

References: Opening act of Susheela Raman, Titi Robin, Trio Chemirani, Natacha Atlas...
Bonlieu-scène nationale d'Annecy, Les Suds à Arles, Les Joutes musicales de Printemps, Étonnants Voyageurs...

For their second album La Silencieuse, the trio Meïkhâneh, composed of Maria Laurent on vocals, Johanni Curtet on guitar, dombra and khöömii overtone singing, Milad Pasta on Iranian percussions, surrounded by three guests: Bijan Chemirani with the lutes tzouras, saz and percussions, Uuganbaatar Tsend-Ochir (Egschiglen) with Mongolian horse head double-bass ikh khuur and Martin Coudroy with diatonic accordion. Prepared in residence at Chantier (Center for the Creation of New Traditional Music and World Music) with the artistic advice of Bijan Chemirani, Meikhâneh recorded this album at the Studio du Faune.


5 months (26, 18, 12, and 17th position),
38th position among the 100 best albums of 2017

“Hard to imagine it won't be one of my handful of favourites of the year.” - Ian Anderson

“Mixing Mongolia, Persia, Eastern and Southern Europe in France, Meïkhâneh are gloriously, spaciously unique.” – Elizabeth Kinder

“a rich musical journey with a soul of its own.” – Tim Cumming

The Exquisite Sounds of Silence

“Intoxicating imaginary folklore” – Charlie Crooijmans

“An excellent disc that lets you speechless” – Jan Willem

“A high voice often with an angelic appearence […] which is also capable of more baroque intensity, that wanders in a mind-blowing way somewhere between the Steppes of Mongolia […] and the sides of Euphrates.” – Anne Berthod

« La Silencieuse, c’est, peut-être, le nouveau nom de l’âme de l’auditeur quand il a écouté Meïkhâneh. » – Stéphane Fougère

Radios: BBC, PBS, WNYC, KAOS, FIP, Mundofonias, WDR, RSI

KAOS Radio – Top 10 World Music Albums

France 3 Bretagne


"La Silencieuse" - Meïkhâneh

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