A grand musical orchestral project inspired by the culture of Al Andalus and its possible impact on european culture and history.

 


Siwan


Siwan is performed by an ensemble of 16 musicians, who - besides keyboarder and conductor Jon Balke and singer Kamylia Jubran - include:  Algerian violinist Kheir Eddine M'Kachiche, Iranian Tombak player Pedram Khavar Zamini, German Thorboe and archlute player Andreas Arend, Norwegian percussionist Helge Norbakken,  as well as Barokksolistene, a group of early music players, lead by Norwegian Baroque violinist Bjarte Eike. A suite of new music composed especially for the 2012 version of this unique project. Siwan 2 premiered in Molde Jazz festival 16th july 2012, and was recieved with unanimous enthousiasm by audience and media. Siwan is based on poetry from Al Andalus, mainly in the mwashahad style but now develops and departs from the platform the previous edition created.

Siwan has invited and collaborated with outstanding vocalists like Amina Alaoui, Lamia Bedoui, and Kamilya Jubran.


Siwan is a musical imagination inspired by the poetry of Al Andalus, composed by Jon Balke and developed by Amina Alaoui and the musicians in the group. The word Siwan or Sivan is connected to the number three, triangular or equilibrium in various living and nonliving languages from the Mediterranean region. Siwan points to  plausible links between the three-religion culture of Al Andalus and important phases of European culture like the Renaissance and Baroque. The music departed from similarities in musicianship in contemporary players from different traditions, but is not historical in itself. It is a new creation, performed by a collective of creative strongly individual players, fronted by the Tunisian singer Lamia Bedioui and before that Amina Alaoui.

Siwan was commissioned by Cosmopolite, Oslo's legendary multicultural stage, for its 15 year jubilee in september 2007.  Siwan has been performed in Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Cairo and Berlin.  Siwan has won the "Jahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik" in 2009, has been chosen "CD of the week" on Australian Broadcasting Corp., was selected CD of the month in July 2009 on FIP, France. Special radio programs featured SIWAN  in Israel, the USA and Germany.

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