SIWAN - Jon Balke / Amina Alaoui

Jon Balke Siwan - ECM
ECMRelease: June 2009

The voice of Amina Alaoui soars above Jon Balke´s remarkable compositions for baroque ensemble, with soloists drawn from jazz, scattered improvisational traditions, and the world of early music. Behind this remarkable musical integration is a web of philosophical, historical, and literary interconnections, as Balke and Alaoui set texts from Sufi poets, Christian mystics, troubadours and more and – inspired by the tolerant and creative spirit of medieval Al-Andalus – ponder what was lost to the bonfires of the Inquisition. Setting new standards in transcultural music, Siwan shows what can be made today when artists of the most divergent background pool their energies.