Jon Balke & Siwan

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Format: CD

Cat No: 4537594

Release Date:  29 April 2022

Label:  ECM

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  602445375943

Genres:  Jazz  World Music  

  • Description

    Siwan, the transcultural, trans-idiomatic musical collective led by Norwegian keyboardist/composer Jon Balke, continues along its special path, with new music inspired by the creative spirit of Al-Andalus.

    The ensemble weaves lines of communication between musicians from multiple traditions and locations. Among the texts set by Balke on Siwan's third album and persuasively sung by Algerian vocalist Mona Boutchebak are verses by Ummayad princess Wallada bint al-Mustakfi (1010-1091) and contemporaries including Ibn Zaydun (1003-1071) and Ibn Sara As-Santarini (1043-1123).

    Hafla was recorded in May and June 2021 at Village Recording Studios, in Copenhagen.

    Jon Balke: keyboards, electronics, tombak
    Mona Boutchebak: vocals, quitra
    Derya Turkan: kemençe
    Bjarte Eike: Baroque violin
    Helge Norbakken: percussion
    Pedram Khavar Zamini: tombak
    Per Buhre: vocals, viola


    "The appeal of Siwan for listeners is not just the innovative mix of Western and Arabic instruments, but also the beauty of the voice in most of the songs, sung in the band's latest incarnation, by Algerian singer Mona Boutchebak...There is much to enjoy on Hafla making it an album that deserves repeated play." - LondonJazzNews

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Tarraquab
      • 2. Enamorado de Júpiter
      • 3. Mirada Furtiva
      • 4. La Estrella Fugaz
      • 5. Arrihu Aqwadu Ma Yakunu Li-Annaha
      • 6. Diálogo en la Noche
      • 7. Línea oscura
      • 8. Saeta
      • 9. Uquállibu
      • 10. Wadadtu
      • 11. Visita
      • 12. Is there no way