Monsieur Doumani

Das Trio wurde 2012 in Nikosia,Zypern gegründet. Sie haben die traditionelle Musik Zyperns aus der Taufe gehoben und agieren im stiloffenen Feld und geben ihrer Musik einen besondere Farbe.
Sie haben ganz neue klingende und doch geradezu traditionelle Stücke geschaffen.Musik voll betörender Schönheit und Lyrik.Sie wissen, dass allein in der Verwandlung des Fremden und Vergessenen die eigene Kultur lebendig bleibt und traditionelle Musik so vor musealer Versteinerung durch die Sesshaften, die einem falschen Purismus huldigen, bewahrt wird. Das Trio bezaubert ihr Publikum nicht mit vordergründigen Mitteln, sondern mit einer  Musik, die zugleich Erinnerung, Ahnung des Unwiederbringlichen und traumhafter Gegenwart ist. 

MONSIEUR DOUMANI -is a trio that has recently gained many fans both in Cyprus and abroad with the 2013 release of their album “Grippy Grappa.” The band rearranges Cypriot traditional songs using a tzoura, guitar and wind instruments. It also composes original songs—commentaries on Cypriot contemporary life—influenced by the Cypriot music roots style. 

Monsieur Doumani presents mainly contemporary original and traditional Hebrew music. Insisting on acoustic instruments, half of which have their origin in the East, the ensemble integrates musicalelements from middle east with Western forms of music. Combining melismatic riches of the Eastern Maqam with the charming irregular rhythms-  they explore the territory of free improvisation. It is this uniqueness that Monsieur Doumani has focused upon, enriching traditional songs with new arrangements, melodies, rhythms and sounds and crafting a style distinctively their own. The traditional element is highlighted through the diversity of musical styles echoed in the group’s fresh and daring approach to the Cypriot folklore.

Their third album with the symbolic name ‘Angathin’ (which translates as ‘thorn’) addresses more than ever, the political, social and activist concerns and sensitivities of the group members and it is a call for rebellion against corruption, racism and injustice. It is going to be released on the 23rd of February 2018.

More Infos:  http://www.monsieurdoumani.com 

 

Line Up

Travelparty: 3 – 5

Territory: Austria

Antonis Antonious: Gesang, Tzouras

Angelos Ionas: Gitarre, Gesang // or 

Andys Skorkis: Gitarre Gesang

Demetris Yiasemides: Posaune, Flöte, Gesang

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