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 posted by:Routes Nomades

Line up

  • Johanni Curtet (throat-singing, guitar, dombra lute, morin khuur)
  • Maria Laurent (voice, tovshuur lute, banjo, transvere flute)
  • 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, Las Hermanas Caronni / Bonlieu-scène nationale d'Annecy, Musée des Confluences, Festival Là ! C'est de la musique (Avignon OFF), Les Suds à Arles, Étonnants Voyageurs, Joutes musicales de Printemps, Les Détours de Babel, Sunset, Into the Wild Summer Festival (UK), Woodburner Music Nights (UK); L'Alhambra and Le bout du monde (Switzerland), Klangkosmos tour (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.

The last album, "Chants du dedans, chants du dehors" (Songs from Inside, Songs from Outside) was released in June 2022, with guest musicians Pauline Willerval (gadulka fiddle and cello) and Dylan James (doublebass), recorded and mixed at Studio du Faune by Bob Coke (Ben Harper, Mukta, Souad Massi, Daby Touré, Moriarty, Baschung, Noir Désir, Jeff Beck...).

Medias for "La Silencieuse" album:

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

"The Exquisite Sounds of Silence.”

"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

“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

“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, FIP, WDR, RSI, Mundofonias, KAOS Radio (Top 10 World Music Albums)...

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