"From Women to Women"
The traditional Sephardic repertoire is a repertoire of women. It was through women, from mothers to daughters, that these songs were transmitted orally through the centuries. These songs talk about their lives, love, loneliness,
connection to the land, their roots, memories and sorrows, and the great celebrations that mark life, which I wanted to mix with my own compositions.
With its unique Celtic harp and oriental percussion instrumentation, the duo Racines leads us into a spiritual and sensitive lyrical trance.
Duo Racines :
With its original Celtic harp instrumentation, played by Sophie Leleu accompanying her powerful and deep singing and digital percussions from the Orient (Turkey, Iran, Middle East, etc.) played with finesse and dexterity by Antoine Morineau, le Duo Racines is full of promises. Following Sophie Leleu’s discovery of her Sephardic origins, she decided to dedicate a whole program to her own compositions: a program about women. During their exodus, the Sephardics, carrying their traditions, mixed their music with the cultures of the different host countries they met. Sophie Leleu calls on the talent of Antoine Morineau to explore together the colors and dynamics of these traditional songs, alternating writing, improvisations, trance, reading poems that they color with the harp and rhyme sometimes with the timbre of the zarb, sometimes to the dohola, daf, bendir, req or udu… The duo Racines is invited to perform in various festivals and concerts to play most often in places of heritage or worship, revealing the entire spiritual dimension of this music.
"True moment of bliss! Desxterity, spellbinding voice...
The Duo Racines is full of promise."
"Moments of grace with Sophie Leleu and Antoine Morineau!
Complicity and musical intelligence,
exceptional mastery and virtuosity!
Magnificent! What emotion, sublime!
Warm, powerful, melodious voice, graceful gestures..." La Provence
"With her presence, graceful gestures as a harpist and her voice falling from the sky, Sophie LELEU has all the assets in her sleeves as a high priestess to captivate an audience…
Sophie LELEU, on the contrary of many lyrical artists who attack other registers than the “Repertoire” with a big R, she does not over-play, she does not interpret: she plays… A passion, feelings, traditions with a keen sense of nuance…" Pascal David / Juke Boxe en Avignon – web magazine
Festival international de Dinan, Festival des Cultures & Musiques Juives in Carpentras, Festival de Musique Andalouse in Avignon, Festival of Saint-Giles, Mini Festival de Musiques Juives, Festival les Nits D’Eus in Perpignan, Festival La Folia in switzerland, Journées du Patrimoine in Sarlat, Festival Harfentreffen ein Germany, Rencontres Musicales in Montreuil, etc…