Arts-Scène Diffusion

Canticum Novum




Musical dialogue between Spain and the Arab East

This program, born from the unprecedented musical encounter between a Syrian musician living in France and the Canticum Novum collective, undeniably resonates with our contemporary situation. At the crossroads of the Spanish repertoires of the three cultures and the traditional Syrian repertoires, Samâ-ï evokes this cultural crossroads that was Syria and the musical impregnation of the cultures present.

Nestled in the heart of the Arab world, it houses ancient Christian songs but also Jewish or Kurdish repertoires with ancient musical traditions.
This program takes us to the gates of Aleppo, which in the 10th century became the capital of the kingdom of the emir Saïf al-Dawla, patron of the most illustrious learned musicologist of medieval Islam. At the heart of this Arab Orient (the Mashreq), the Arab-Andalusian sung poems (mouachah) peddled from Spain are integrated into the maqâm, creating refined and luminous pieces of rare vitality.


Distribution: 6 to 7 musicians
Emmanuel Bardon vocals
Aliocha Regnard nyckelharpa & fidula
Valérie Dulac vièles
Spyros Halaris kanun
Bayan Rida oud & vocals
Gwénael Bihan flutes
Ismaïl Mesbah, Henri-Charles Caget percussion



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