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I put a spell on you – 2nd episode…

So, here is the 2d video from our advertising campaign 🙂

Any support will be welcome, the simplest one being to share around, by any way you prefer, you can use the little buttons just bellow, send e-mails to your friends/family, to someone that might know someone… Who knows ?

If you missed it, 1st video is >here<

The title from this second video refers to this song :

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Message in a bottle – in the search for our Booking agent – episode 1

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As we already mentioned it recently a couple of times, our quest to find our ideal booking agent started ! Apart from a more “conventional” search, we got the idea for an advert campaign while brainstorming.

We made this short video in Greece last week, the light and the colours were amazing, and thanks to Simone’s new editing software, you can view it in full HD! The tune is a traditional one, but we absolutely love its unique “big” sound. we may record a full album version… some day 🙂

If you want to support us, you can spread the word by sharing around you !

And, as you have seen, it’s only “episode 1” – of course we have more to come !

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{free} Live in Lebanon for download

Recorded in April 2012 in Beirut, here are 4 live tracks you may download for free! Just one click on the cover… 

Live in Lebanon Astrakan Project

>Live in Beyrut MP3<

And, once you’ve enjoyed them, shared them, heard them many times, you may support us in many ways…

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        • How much ? Any little amount will help.
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Circle Dance


Our stay in Portugal is going fine, meaning we got some nice contacts for potential future concerts, so we’re already preparing to come back very soon, but also practising new songs for tomorrow’s concert.

We’ll be recording very soon a version of this song with a guest. But…. it’s a surprise!

§ Simone

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Hey het… with Lamia Bedioui

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Lamia is originally from Tunisia, but she’s living in Greece for about 17 years, and that’s how we met. We were amazed to find so easily some connections between both our cultures, and since we were playing together for the 2nd time, some nice routine is coming up. This is a video from a song of her called “Hey Het”, it’s a traditional song from Lebanon.

Astrakan world music album on band camp

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How did you make this amazing video ?

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Which video you mean ? This one, from our album‘s last song, that we called 7 Hills, based on traditional tune and lyrics, but we changed the original rhythm.



So how did we do it ? A combination of time + patience + paper + paint + cheap camera + cheap editing software !!!

As usual… any nice & warm comment will be welcome !!!

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What else ?

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Do you wanna try something ? Listen one more time to Tri Martolod …

… and try to concentrate on the percussions you hear right on the beginning, when the ‘oud starts to play. What does it make you think about ? any idea what it could be ? The answer is in this short video :

Which lead us to something as musicians we know but is still hard to admit : music is not only about expensive materials and instruments. We know it. But sometimes it’s more comfortable to hide behind a brand, or any accessory. Not that they are not useful, they are, they also add value, but music is more than that.

playing rhythm with a coffee pack
what else

Yann got inspired for this sound while queuing at the local grocery store and thinking about this Turkish song :

Can you believe Yann heard this song for the first time last winter ?

§ Simone

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2 weeks left…

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Only two weeks left before the actual release. We’ve almost made our mind to sell the album online via Bandcamp. It has many advantages, including that those following us rather via facebook will also be able to get it directly from there.

We’re right now preparing a fun promotional video, which will include a small contest

In the meantime, here’s a taste of what it will sound like :

It’s called “tri martolod an oriant”, based on traditional tune and lyrics from Brittany, quite famous under the title “tri martolod yaouank” (3 young sailors). Share it, comment it, give feedback…

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Solstice bonus video

Here’s a very short video, since tonight is one of the shortest nights in the year, as a sneak sound from the upcoming album.

Simone made this video at the sun dawn last April while travelling in the Lebanese countryside. She got the idea that some drums could give this short sequence a ceremonial atmosphere.

The track itself is a bonus version of a tune’s intro called an dezertour, the story of a young man killed because he deserted the army. The rhythm is made by Davul (percution commonly used in the Balkans, Turkey, Iran, Iraq… find out more here) and Darbuka sounds. Then yesterday we added some voices, without really having any plans ahead and we like pretty much the result, it kind of reminds us of Albanian polyphonies.

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Kan Al Lagouterion

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… that we also call it “the drinking song”, traditional lyrics and tune from south of Brittany (Vannes area). The everyday life of a drunkard that eventually ends up in a ditch.

We had a lot of fun making this video, it’s our first attempt to make a more sophisticate video, and it’s quite a piece of work… we hope you’ll enjoy it !

Track recorded live last month in Beirut. The rest of the video was shot in Plougras’ roads in February 2012, in our rainy Brittany. It also contains many pictures from previous tours with other projects, in Brittany and in Belgium.