Musicians' Diary

What if music was important?

We take it for granted sometimes that “music is everywhere”, and therefore, music would be something that “doesn’t really matter”.
This is the message we received yesterday from Menachem Vinegrad, Radio Upper Galilee in Israel, together with his playlist for his  world music program:
“Our radio station can certainly be heard over the border in Lebanon, and possibly on a clear day in Western Syria. The Syrian civil war drags on, and one exiled Syrian musician has said that there is no more music in Syria. What a dreadful shame. Meanwhile, Israel is treating hundreds of Syrian wounded, in it’s northern hospitals. I hope they hear our radio station.
Our motto is “Peace Through Good Music”
It brought tears to my eyes and still does. Can we step back for a short moment and realise how lucky we are? How lucky we are to just be able to reach any kind of music we want, for free in most of cases, just with a quick click on a link? Do we realise what it means to have the right and the freedom to basically play and compose any kind of music we want and share it around? Let’s not be in need to be missing it to realise about how much it is part of our lives.
I wish, I wish with all my heart that very soon music could be heard again in Syria, if music is back then maybe, yes maybe it would be  little sign of some peace coming back to the region.
Menachem in Radio Upper Galilee
§ Simone
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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

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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.