Release of the film "Journey In Diphonia" by J.-F. Castell!

Official poster "Journey In Diphonia"
Photo: J.-F. Castell 2016
Photo: J.-F. Castell 2017
Photo: J.-F. Castell 2017
Photo: J.-F. Castell 2017
Photo: J.-F. Castell 2017


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Dear friends, we are pleased to announce that after 3 years of writing, filming and editing, the documentary on the first anthology of Mongolian khöömii (Buda Musique/Routes Nomades 2016) is now complete.
The French version of the DVD pressing started and it will be available by the end of April. The English and Mongolian versions of the film will be accessible on VOD this summer.


Since 2010, the Mongolian Traditional Art of Khöömii (throat singing) has been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, and the research of Johanni Curtet and his spouse, Nomindari Shagdarsüren, as well as the recordings published by their association, Routes Nomades, have contributed to its nomination dossier.
Following this, Johanni and Nomindari have spent six years preparing a double-disc, An Anthology of Mongolian Khöömii, to become a key work of reference on khöömii.

In 2016, in conjunction with the release of the anthology, they organized a unique tour with 12 khöömii performers and musicians. Male and female masters, young and old, with diverse backgrounds and from different provinces of Mongolia spent two months together on the most beautiful world music stages in France and Switzerland. Based on the voluntary participation of these khöömii representatives, Johanni used their exclusive presence to conduct a research with C.N.R.S., Gipsa-lab and C.H.U. of Grenoble. The first-ever experience…

Journey In Diphonia traces these intertwined stories: the foundations of an ethnomusicological, ethical and fair approach; the history of the tour from the inside; the scientific investigations; the mystery of khöömii, its deep relation to nature and its transmission; the restitution of the anthology in Mongolia during the summer of 2017 to the khöömii performers and to the families of deceased musicians present on the recordings; and the personal adventure of Johanni and Nomindari with the incredible individuals who enliven and advance the art of khöömii today.

This film is dedicated to Papizan Badar, a Tuvan khöömii master from Mongolia, who journeyed for the first time to perform in the West, achieving one of his life dreams.


May 2, 7:15 PM
Screening, discussions and drinks
Scam, Paris
Reservation mandatory: horschamps.contrechamps@gmail. com
(Free entrance in the limit of the available seating)

May 17
Screening and discussion
Cinéma La tournelle
Festival Parfums de musiques

May 19
Screening and discussion
Festival Étonnants Voyageurs, St. Malo

article posted by:Johanni Curtet, Routes Nomades