"ALJAMA" Ancient songs of the Mediterranean. The new album by Claudio Merico and Giulia Tripoti born from the musical program "Sefarad".
The album "Aljama" by the artists Claudio Merico and Giulia Tripoti, produced by Karkum Project (www.karkumproject.it), is the result of research, study and concerts around Italy, started in 2018.
It comes to life from the musical program "Sefarad" (www.sefarad.it) and it is a temporal and geographical journey that, starting from the songs of the ancient Sephardi, Christian and Muslim communities of the Iberian peninsula (Al Andalus), travels along the Mediterranean to then land in Turkey, ideally following the migrations and diasporas of peoples over the centuries.
The initial focus, therefore, is centered on the ancient Iberian communities, which coexisted for many centuries, to then follow their migrations in a temporal path throughout the Mediterranean (as in the case of the Sephardi diaspora) up to Turkey.
The name "Aljama'' indicated the Arab and Sephardi minorities still present in the Iberian peninsula after the fall of the Arab Empire.
The disc is the result of musical experiences, in which there is no lack of artistic and personal aesthetic nuances, with a vision in some ways modern and not necessarily philological, which aims to make these wonderful sounds its own. The atmospheres range from purely melodic and meditative moments to others that are more rhythmic and engaging.
From Sephardi Romances to Cantigas de Santa Maria, up to Andalusian Al-Ala Music, in perfect harmony with the meeting of cultures, religions and peoples, which for centuries has characterized the history of the "Middle Sea".
Claudio Merico - viella, rebeca, violin, symphonia, Andalusian Arab rebab, oud, choirs.
Giulia Tripoti - voices, bendir, flutes, saz, symphonia, percussion, choirs.