I have played some of tracks of the new Okraina 10″ la maison d´amour by Léonore Boulanger and Maam-Li Merati the last weeks at dj sets or radio shows, but I´d really like to drop a few lines about this fantastic record as well here.
French Singer Léonore Boulanger released already some remarkable records via bandcamp / cloudshill records and started last year with the interpretations of old persian songs and lyrical odes.
The result of this collaboration with the Iranian musician Maam – Li Merati in this double 10″ is hypnotic, heartbreaking and should deserve a way bigger audience, although this kind of release, you d´like to keep secret for you and maybe some selected friends.
Thanks for another stunning piece of “outsider folk music”, not at all outdated but moreover in these days it could be be called rather postmodern, re-interpreting ancient eastern love songs and lyrics against the misery of the world.
Ps: Okraina #8, – something completely different – “An Idea in Everything by David Greenberger, Glenn Jones, Chris Corsano” officially released the 31 dec. 2016 is already up for listening here.
La Maison d’amour
by Léonore Boulanger & Maam-Li Merati
Léonore Boulanger and Maam-Li Merati met each other in Paris in 2011 at a concert of Azerbaijani Master-Musician Alim Qasimov and his daughter Ferghana Qasimova. Maam-Li Merati is an Iranian musician that was born in Kermanshah, near the Iraqi border. In addition to having a Doctor in Musicology, he has worked with artists such as Iranian singer Shahram Nazeri and French novelist and Luis Bunuel’s screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière (for a project devoted to 13 th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic Rumi). Shortly after their meeting, Maam-Li Merati started to teach the art of Persian classical music to Léonore Boulanger, a young French musician that released three albums on the multi-faceted label Le Saule.
During the spring of 2015 they recorded some first lyrical odes, some dastgāhs for two voices and traditional string instruments that would later become the sides A and C of the La Maison d’amour double ten inch on Okraïna. Later, Matthieu Ferrandez, church organist and researcher in electronic music, joined them for sides B and D weaving a cosmic lace, with the sighs of harmonium and acoustic organs.
“You, you traded me for nothing
Me, I still choose that I wouldn’t trade a single hair yours
for the entire world”
Saadi Shirazi (13th century)
In the ancient modes of the Radif – a repertoire classified during the Qajar dynasty between 1840 and 1920 – the love poetry of the 13th and 14th century is replayed, brought back to life.
Léonore Boulanger: vocals
Maam-Li Merati: vocals, kamancheh, setar
+ Matthieu Ferrandez: harmonium, organ (tracks 4-10 & 15-18)
+ Jean-Daniel Botta: bendir, n’goni