Le Ghazal : Afghan and Indian Musics / Music of the World

Tuesday August 11  9.00 PM  / Church of Saint-Chamassy

The ghazal is a poetic form consisting of rhyming couplets and a refrain, with each line sharing the same meter. A ghazal may be understood as a poetic expression of both the pain of loss or separation and the beauty of love in spite of that pain. The form is ancient, originating in Arabic poetry in Arabia long before the birth of Islam. The term Ghazal is of North African and Middle Eastern origin. The structural requirements of the ghazal are similar in stringency to those of the Indian raga. In style and content it is a genre capable of an extraordinary variety of expression around its central themes of love and separation. It is one of the principal poetic forms which the Indo-Perso-Arabic civilization offered to the eastern Islamic world.
It contains song parts and melodic parts where instruments express themselves more freely.

Massoud Raonaq, a musician, singer, composer from Afghan origin, began tablas and song  in Kaboul, more than 30 years ago. Pupil of Pandit Shankar Ghosh for percussions, and of Nirmalya Dey for classical dhrupad song, he has created numerous albums through various experiences, either in traditional music or through projects of electro-world fusion.
Jacky Detraz, a French percussionist and composer, also studied instruments from Mediterranée or tablas from India during several stays at Benares University.
His teacher, Pandit Chotelal Misra is one of the most eminent heirs of Benares tradition.

Massoud Raonaq, Jacky Detraz : Voice, Harmonium, Tabla, Tampura