FolkWorld #75 07/2021
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Silk Road

Dialogue Along the Silk Road


Artist Video Albaluna @ FROG

More than a band, Albaluna are a concept. Through a multidisciplinary fusion between music, poetry, and dance, inspired by the ancient cultures of the Silk Road, emerges the originality of this project. Albaluna employ their passion for the History of Civilizations as a starting point for a sustained struggle against prejudice and intolerance between cultures. The artistic dialogue expands around age-old conceptions and an unmasked modern approach.


Tracklist: Ghazal 03:04 | Athinganoi 06:50 | Kelebek 05:44 | Palimpsestus 09:00 | Nawbah 07:10 | Lauranitza 04:50 | Samarqand 09:02

RUBEN MONTEIRO – Afghani rubab, Turkish bağlama, Arab oud, hurdy-gurdy and vocals; CHRISTIAN MARR’S – bass and vocals; RAQUEL MONTEIRO – violin, medieval vielle, dilruba and vocals; DINIS COELHO – darbouka, riq, tombak, tablas, davul, bendir and daf; CARLA COSTA – Turkish ney, low whistle, bagpipes and dance; TIAGO SANTOS – drums.
Artist Audio

Albaluna "Heptad", CPL-Music, 2021

"A sextet which is musically at home anyplace in the world. They play yesterday's music and experiment through it the music of tomorrow."
– Vogtland-Anzeiger | Germany | 2018

Having celebrated their tenth anniversary in 2020 and with five records in their discography, the band embraces an already vast national and international curriculum, having performed in many European countries, as well as in Morocco, India and China.

In 2021 Albaluna present their latest album Heptad. Inspired by the cultures of the ancient Silk Roads, and shaped as well by traits of modernity, the conceptual piece comes to life as a combination of music, poetry and dance. Heptad depicts a story that levitates in search of a catharsis, and which transports us into a sensory and deeply introspective voyage.

The artistic dialogue expands around age-old conceptions and an unmasked modern approach. The band creates soundscapes with instruments originally from the geographic areas corresponding to the vast arms of the ancient Silk Road; dance paints, through the colours of the garments; and poetry gives voice to the feelings and reflections of this myriad of cultures.

Photo Credits: (1) Silk Road, (2)-(3) Albaluna (unknown/website).

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