Cordoue 21

On the traces of Sefarad

Sandra Bessis & Rachid Brahim-Djelloul

The spirit of Cordoba ? This Cordoba is no long since more than nine or ten centuries. And what about it in the beginning of this 21st century ?
This is the question asked by Sandra Bessis and Rachid Brahim-Djelloul in this new recording dedicated to the music of the expelled from Spain.

If the Judeo-Spanish songs are a starting point, they stroll with Arabo-Andalusian or Judeo-Arab pieces, improvisations and Oriental instrumental melodies.
Music of the Mediterranean, this CD is a tribute to these emblematic towns where coexistence between communities, imaginary walks, from Cordoba or Granada, to Salonica and Istambul, Tetuan and Constantine. A celebration, in our way, of the wedding between East and West, between divine and profane, between popular and scholarly traditions, of yesterday, and of today…

Six evocative ballads - from Granada to Cordoba, passing by the Balkans, Salonica, Istambul and even Tunis, Algiers and Paris - build this album, with the voice of Sandra Bessis, recognized singer of the Sefardi repertoire since more than 25 years, and the voice of Rachid Brahim-Djelloul.

Sometimes together and sometimes one after the other, their voices take the routes that border the Mediterranean Sea. With the accordion player Jasko Ramic, with his double musical culture, classical music that he learned in Moscow’s music conservatory, and traditional music with his attachment to Gypsy tradition of Serbia, the Ud player Noureddine Aliane and the percussionnist Yousef Zayed, they revisit the repertoire, far from all fantasy of reconstitution. Because we talk here of « re-creation » : the choice of songs, the association on ones with others, that go back up to several centuries, or contemporary compositions, the crossing of traditional melodies with Arabic poetry of the Medieval era, the arrangements and instrumentations, follow their time. Languages stroll together, rhythms, emotions, a way to perpetuate this antique tradition, between sharing and moving.

With Sandra Bessis (conception and artistic directing, vocals), Rachid Brahim-Djelloul (music directing, vocals, violin, viola), Jasko Ramic (accordion, participation to arrangements), Noureddine Aliane (ud, mandola), Yousef Zayed (percussions, buzuki)
Guest musicians : Araïk Bartikian (doudouk) and Théo Girard (double bass)
Sound taking, mixing and mastering : Patrick Jauneaud

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Watch a video of la Serena with Sandra Bessis and Rachid Brahim-Djelloul

La serena
Bre Sabrika bre
Yedi Kulé
Aman Minush

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