Musical Silk Road

The Musical Silk Road

     
 
While this is hardly the first compilation to dwell on the ancient trade route called the Silk that ran from Europe to China and Japan, it's a topic big enough to accommodate more. In this case the loveliest pieces come from the Eastern edge of the world, with Liang Tsai-Ping's "Winter Crows Gliding on Frozen Water" being

Overview

While this is hardly the first compilation to dwell on the ancient trade route called the Silk that ran from Europe to China and Japan, it's a topic big enough to accommodate more. In this case the loveliest pieces come from the Eastern edge of the world, with Liang Tsai-Ping's "Winter Crows Gliding on Frozen Water" being deliciously evocative in the Chinese manner, while Japan's Etsuko Chida offer an ethereal vocal on "Evening Beauty." The emphasis here is away from Europe and the Middle East (although Mounir Bachir's "The Mad Ud" is definitely worth a listen), and by taking the space of two discs, it's possible to paint a fuller picture of the musical cultures. The biggest shame, though, is the missed opportunity of presenting the pieces in geographic order, which might have offered a way to show how cultures influenced each other. Instead, we jump around from Pakistan to Japan to Kirghizstan to Greece. The music remains satisfying, but it could perhaps have been more. The booklet is informative, with good notes on each track. For all it's enjoyable and informative qualities, though, there's just a sense of slightly missed opportunity here.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2004
Label:
Accords-croises Fr.
UPC:
0794881744824
catalogNumber:
102

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Les Monts Han Huhiin (The Han Huhiin Mountains)
  2. Harati
  3. L' Implorante (The Beseecher)
  4. Musique de Cour (Court Music)
  5. N'Écoute Pas, Mon Ami... (Do Not Listen, My Friend...)
  6. Tu Es Comme un Petit Perroquet (You Are Like a Little Parrot)
  7. Corbeaux de l'Hiver Glissant Sur l'Eau Gelée (Winter Crows Gliding ...)
  8. Celui Pour Qui J'Ai Adopté l'Ascétisme (The One for Whom I Chose ...)
  9. La Belle-Du-Soir (Evening Beauty)
  10. Agitation
  11. De Tous Les Astres (From All the Stars)
  12. Toute Ma Vie (All My Life)
  13. Shukar Baxshi

Disc 2

  1. Le Oud Fou (The Mad Ud)
  2. Dans la Passion... (The Sorrows of Love...)
  3. Rituel du Samâ (Samâ Ritual)
  4. Écoute le Ney (Listen to the Ney)
  5. Alamge, Gilgai, Gilmaghai
  6. Sons de Soie (Sounds of Silk)
  7. La Chanson de Sim'chong (The Song of Sim'chong)
  8. Danse de Ferghana (Ferghana Dance)
  9. Le Lion (The Lion)
  10. Du Même Âge (Of the Same Age)
  11. Éloge de Gengis Khan (Eulogy of Gengis Khan)
  12. Mes Yeux Sont Rivés Sur la Maison d'En Face... (My Eyes Are Riveted on
  13. La Monica

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ali Ekber Çiçek   Saz,Vocals
Angelique Ionatos   Guitar,Vocals
Michel Godard   Serpent
Abida Parveen   Vocals
Turgun Alimatov   Sato
Keyvan Chemirani   Zarb
Francois Picard   Guanzi
Henri Lecomte   Multi Instruments
Alishir Alimatov   Dutar
Malika Ziaeva   Dotar
Etsuko Chida   Vocals,Koto
Faiz Ali Faiz   Vocals
Timur Mahmudov   Chang
Prabhu Edouard   Tabla
Mohammed Hossain Arman   Harmonium
Kaleem Akhtar   Choir, Chorus
Jamil Akhtar   Tabla
Sôltan Ali Khodaverdiev   Dotar
Amanat Ali   Choir, Chorus
Fayyaz Ali   Harmonium,Vocals
Mahmud Ali   Harmonium,Vocals
Rehmat Ali   Harmonium,Vocals
Mohammad Arshad   Choir, Chorus
Batnasan   Yoochin
Boogi   Vocals
Jean Paul Boury   Cornet

Technical Credits

Kudsi Erguner   Engineer
Francois Picard   Orchestral Arrangements
Henri Lecomte   Engineer,Concept,Text
Sultan III Selim   Composer,Poetry
Adam Nayyar   Engineer
Silvio Suave   Montage
Martina Catella   Concept,Text
Catherine De Clippel   Visual Coordinator
Saïd Assadi   Director
Patrick Hoarau   Concept Graphics
Mawlâna Djalâal Od Dîn Balkhi   Poetry
Abdul Qadar Bedel   Composer,Lyricist

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