02. April 2010

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

Songs of hours from the orient and occident Ragas, Dhrupad style, and compositions by Hildegard von Bingen

Amelia Cuni (voice, bells,tanpura, mirliton); Maria Jonas (voice, bells, symphonia, shruti box); Werner Durand (self made windinstrumente, live audiomix); Fred Pommerehn (lightdesign)

A journey through the hours and spirits of a day with Indian and European liturgical chants

The clock stops and time stops when by the Ashtayama ritual in Hindu temples and the liturgy of the songs of hours in medieval monasteries day and night are coated with cyclic sounds. As far apart as the cultures and traditions of India and Europe appear to be, as close they are in certain manifestations of the spiritual accomplishment of every-day life. The singer Amelia Cuni, who studied the Indian music of the Dhrupad tradition, the singer Maria Jonas, who dedicates herself to the current liveliness and improvisational art of a number of old singing patterns from the women’s schola to the trobairitz, as well as the minimalism-based musician Werner Durand, who masters several wind instruments from the saxophone to the Iranian flute and self-made models, set off for a musical journey through the hours and spirits of a day and use Indian and European liturgical chants to divide it into several zones and stages from the sunrise to the deep of the night. Even if their melodic and rhythmical parameters and principles may differ greatly, Dhrupad and the clerical songs of the Middle Ages are closely related in terms of their musical rhythmisation they give to every-day life. Both are deeply rooted in a tradition of immersion; they are musical forms of meditation. In their musical setting Cuni, Jonas and Duran blend Indian set phrases of melody with, for instance, phrases from the traditional chants of Hildegard von Bingen. Occidental Bordun sounds accompany Indian temple music and today’s interpretation of old rituals opens new acoustic worlds. Instead of reconstructing historical music, the two singers and the instrumentalist transpose it into their ever-present energy. Ragas and church songs enter a symbiosis through the sounds of voices, bells, symphonias and wind instruments.

Concept and music Amelia Cuni, Maria Jonas und Werner Durand

© Dirk Eidner

© Dirk Eidner