After the release of the album «Ne fût ce qu’en chine» broadcast in the «favorites» 2016 by Françoise Degeorges (Couleurs du Monde program on France Musique), Anne Berthod signed a very nice article, awarded 3 T in Télérama, just like Etienne Bours in TradMag of March / April 2016 (n ° 166), Lakhdar Hanou returns with «Argile».
«In this next album, Lakhdar Hanou immerses us in Mesopotamian cultures to which we owe the first appearances of writing on clay tablets. These relate to art, culture, science, mythology of their time. Monotheistic and polytheistic religions appropriated their stories to the point of influencing our modern world. Whether it was Lilith, the first woman in a forgotten Bible, formed from clay like Adam, The epic of Gilgamesh or the Flood, these stories are already told in Mesopotamian mythology 3000 years before our era. It is time to question these legends, to the sounds of Lakhdar Hanou’s compositions. The words that dress his compositions are taken from the book «Le Poème de Babel» by the Syrian poet Adonis and from mythological stories discovered on clay tablets.
To do this, he invites pianist Mira Abualzulof and violinist Lamar Elias, both Palestinian.
These virtuoso musicians master both the world of classical music and that of the Middle East between which they create obvious bridges. The Iraqi Suzanne Abdalhadi (refugee for ten years in France) will resonate with the voices of the past. Her aerial song, precise and present, will lead us on the path of a rediscovered truth.
This new repertoire, drawn from the depths of the ages, will be interpreted with the oud, storyteller of the Orient, mirroring the piano, the archers of the violin and the cello, for a contemporary highlight.
The goddess Ishtar, another refugee from a forgotten world, will reappear, to regain her letters of nobility. Let us listen to her priestesses of the present, these women artists that are Suzanne, Mira and Lamar all three distant descendants and heirs of these myths invite us to devotion.
In short, to bring back some truths to women and make resonate the essence of clay which we are all molded.»