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La Maison d'Amour: Léonore Boulanger & Maam-Li Merati (IRN/FR)

Free admission

When avant-songwriter Léonore Boulanger met Iranian musician Maam-Li Merati at a show in Paris in 2011, it kick-started an engagement with Persian classical music culminating in this gorgeous collection of songs that, while steeped in the traditions that birthed them, have a freshness and elegance that seems brand new.

Léonore Boulanger immersed herself in the Radif, a collection of ancient melodies that are the basis of Iranian traditional music, using them as musical settings (mainly in the dastgah and avaz forms) to accompany a series of Persian love poems from the 13th and 14th centuries.
Maam-Li Merati is an Iranian musician that was born in Kermanshah, near the Iraqi border. In addition to having a Doctor in Musicology, he has worked with artists such as Iranian singer Shahram Nazeri and French novelist and Luis Bunuel’s screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière (for a project devoted to 13 th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic Rumi). Shortly after their mee...

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Line up:
  • Léonore Boulanger: vocals
  • Maam-Li Merati: vocals, kamancheh, setar
  • Matthieu Ferrandez: harmonium, organ

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