The melhûn is a literate, though popular, musical tradition praised by workers, craftmen and shopkeepers. Each poem, called qasida, lasts 10 to 30 mn. After an instrumental prelude, the stanzas are sung in solo, alternating with collective choruses. Towards the end, the tempo is going faster, stressed by the rythm of the kettle drums târija.
The largest work ever undertaken for the protection of musical heritage: the complete recording of Al-Âla repertory, the classical Arabo-andalusian tradition of Morocco which is composed of 11 vocal and instrumental suites, the nûba.
This album offers an introduction to vocal music in Central Asia and Caucasus. It presents three different cultural areas through the Georgian vocal polyphonies, the art of the Arab-Persian maqâm and the bard traditions.
The classical tradition from Aleppo, by one of the last great masters. The wasla is a vocal and instrumental suite composed of an instrumental introduction (sama'i), several vocal compositions (muwashshahat), vocal improvisations (layali) and instrumental improvisations (taqasim)…
Le chant synagogal comprend des psalmodies, des chants responsoriaux du Livre Saint, des cantillations et des piyyutim. Tous se sont intégrés dans la liturgie juive à l’époque où apparut le personnage du chantre, le hazan, chanteur, musicien et poète professionnel, au VIe siècle.