Lament for Syria
Jan Ibro Kehlil
EM116 / 2016
Syria er utsatt for enorme ødeleggelser, og landets sang- og musikktradisjoner står i fare for å forsvinne. Jan Ibro Khelil har siden han kom til Norge i 2010, vært opptatt av å ivareta denne mangfoldige tradisjonen. Khelil synger kurdiske folkesanger, både av eldre og nyere dato. I tillegg er han opptatt av å formidle sang i Sufi tradisjonen, og han framfører på denne CD-en sangdikt hentet fra flere diktere innen denne sjangeren. Vi håper at denne CD-en vil bidra til å både synliggjøre og bevare tradisjonsmusikk og sang i Syria.
Denne produksjonen er støttet av: Norsk Kulturråd(logo), Fond For Utøvende Kunstnere(logo), Kongsberg Musikkråd og Kongsberg Spel- og Dansarlag.
Produsent: Svein Westad
Syria is subject to enormous destructions. The vocal and folk music traditions of the country are in danger of being ruined and disappear. Since his fleeing to Norway in 2010, Jan Ibro Khelil has been deeply concerned in keeping alive these traditions. Khelil sings Kurdish folk songs, both new and old. In addition, he sings the old poems of the Sufi tradition of the country, some of which are contained in this CD. It is our hope that the CD: “Lament for Syria” will help to both focus on
and preserve the traditional songs and music of Syria.
The artists in SUFI:
Jan Ibro Khelil, Syria: Vocal and Tambour, (long-necked lute.), Daf.Jan Ibro Khelil is political refugee from Assad’s regime in Syria. He fled to Norway in 2010.
Educated as teacher, he worked for many years in primary school in Kobany. He also was a freelance journalist, and after criticizing the regime in the local newspaper, he was compelled to leave the country. Since his childhood, Khelil’s compassion was song and music. He performed at local music festivals, and his voice made him known far outside Kobany. He speaks four languages of the region: Kurdish, Arabian, Persian and some Turkish. His father was Kurdish, and his mother a Jew. Thus, his family heritage is both Kurdish and Jewish.
Svein Westad, Norway: Jew’s harps, Kravik lyre.
Svein Westad is a renowned folk music artist, the Jew’s harp being his main instrument. He has travelled to music cultures both in Europe and in Asia. Through the years, he has accumulated a wide knowledge about both Oriental and Arabian music. Since 2011, he has worked closely with Khelil. Together, they have also held concerts with artists from India, Nepal end Norway.
Steinar Ofsdal, Norway: Bansuri bamboo flutes.
Steinar Ofsdal is among the flute virtuosos of Norway. He works as professor of music at the Norway Academy of Music, and at the Ole Bull Academy. He is a master player, not only on the NorwegianSjøfløyte and Seljefløyte, but also on Chinese and Indian – Nepali bamboo flutes. On this CD, he plays the Nepali Bansuri.
Ali Dinipour, Iran: Daf (traditional frame drum.)
Ali Dinipour is from Teheran, where he was professional musician. He used to be a member of a classical Persian music ensemble home in Teheran. He plays a number of Persian instruments, theDaf being his favourite instrument. He is also a good singer.
Sanskriti Shresta, Nepal: Tabla and Darabuka (drum from the Middle East).
Percussionist from Nepal, student of percussion at the Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway, where she took her Bachelor in 2014. She came for the first time to Norway in 2008, as one among three young talents at Nepal Music Center in Kathmandu, performing at the Førde International Folk Music Festival. In Norway, she is member of several multi-cultural music groups.
Guest: Svein Stensaker, Norway: (track 1,2) percussion, sound effects.