Meïkhâneh (Rennes, France)

Meïkhâneh'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... They have in the past been opening for Susheela Raman, Titi Robin, Trio Chemirani, Natacha Atlas, and played numerous festivals Bonlieu-scène nationale d'Annecy, Les Suds à Arles, Les Joutes musicales de Printemps, Étonnants Voyageurs, Le Rêve de l'Aborigène, Le Sunset, Festival Là! C'est de la musique (AVIGNON OFF), Woodburner Music Nights (UK), Into the Wild Summer Festival (UK), The Nest Collective Stage at Makemore Festival (UK), Klangkosmos Tour in Germany, Le Bout du Monde (CH)...

Maria Laurent: vocals, tovshuur lute
Johanni Curtet: overtone khöömii singing, throat singing, guitar, dombra lute
Milad Pasta: zarb, daf, udu percussions

TRANSGLOBAL WORLD MUSIC CHART - 5 months (26, 18, 12, and 17th position), 38th position among the 100 best albums of 2017

fROOTS (UK) ★★★★★ 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 Southern Europe in France, Meïkhâneh are gloriously, spaciously unique." - Elizabeth Kinder

SONGLINES (UK) ★★★ - "A rich musical journey with a soul of its own." - Tim Cumming

WORLD LITERATURE TODAY (USA) - "The Exquisite Sounds of Silence"

VPRO (NL) - "Intoxicating imaginary folklore" - Charlie Crooijmans

DE SUBJECTIVISTEN (NL) - "An excellent disc that lets you speechless" - Ian Willem

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