Jon Balke: Hafla

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Label: ECM
Catalog: 4537594
Format: CD

Siwan, the transidiomatic music collective led by Norwegian pianist/composer Jon Balke, continues its special journey with new music inspired by the creative spirit of Al-Andalus The ensemble weaves lines of communication between musicians from different traditions and regions. Texts set to music by Balke and soulfully performed by Algerian singer Mona Boutchebak include verses by Ummayad princess Wallada bint al-Mustakfi (1010-1091) and contemporaries such as Ibn Zaydun (1003-1071) and Ibn Sara As-Santarini (1043-1123) Hafla was recorded in May and June 2021 at Village Recording Studios in Copenhagen

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