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, Las Hermanas Caronni / Bonlieu-scène nationale d'Annecy, Festival Là ! C'est de la musique (Avignon OFF), Les Suds à Arles, Étonnants Voyageurs, Joutes musicales de Printemps, Les Détours de Babel, le Sunset, Into the Wild Summer Festival (UK), Woodburner Music Nights (UK); in 2019: Le bout du monde (Switzerland), Klangkosmos (Germany)......
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.
TRANSGLOBAL WORLD MUSIC CHART - 38th position of the 100 best albums of 2017.
★★★★★ - Album Choice
“Hard to imagine it won't be one of my handful of favourites of the year.” - Ian Anderson
“Mixing Mongolia, Persia, Eastern and Southers Europe in France, Meïkhâneh are gloriously, spaciously unique." – Elizabeth Kinder
“a rich musical journey with a soul of its own.” – Tim Cumming
WORLD LITTERATURE TODAY (USA)
"The Exquisite Sounds of Silence.”
NEW FOLK SOUNDS (NL)
"This (...) symbiosis of styles, backgrounds, origins (...) produces a sublime form of eclectic world music. (...) The creations of Meikhaneh are on the one hand unpredictable, irresistible as well (...). It is both spiritual and down to earth, enchanting, moving and ever endearing. What a beauty, what a discovery." – Marius Roeting
“Intoxicating imaginary folklore” – Charlie Crooijmans
DE SUBJECTIVISTEN (NL)
“An excellent disc that lets you speechless” – Jan Willem
“Wisdom and depth, fed with soul, thunder, light, dark and visionary atmospheres, dissonances, small sufferings, epiphanies: “La Silencieuse” is all this at once. At each listening, one discovers new details.” – Carla Visca
TÉLÉRAMA SORTIR (FR)
“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
RYTHMES CROISÉS (FR)
« 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, FIP, WDR, RSI, Mundofonias, KAOS Radio (Top 10 World Music Albums)...
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