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Planet of the solar system is the Earth, so , starting from the
name we chose for our band, we perceive music as a way to
communicate with different cultures to favour a better and deeper
understanding of human nature.
No rigid division line has ever been drawn to separate the music regions of the world.
India, the Middle East and Europe, despite their considerably different music traditions, do share the same roots: this is something that clearly emerges whenever we listen to very ancient melodies that sound stunningly modern.
The world should not be perceived as made up of watertight compartments.
Peoples of the world have been influencing one another from time immemorial and their traditions reflect such influences. Today there's a lot of concern about the spread of anglo-saxon music and the risk of cultural standardization it brings about, as a sort of negative side-effect of the so much praised globalization. This is a rather arrogant approach. The excessive power of Western culture (if it ever exists) won't be eternal, as nothing eternal has ever appeared in this world. If Western music is at present affecting Eastern music, we'll eventually get a feed-back from it and that will in turn affect our music.. This is simply part of the process of evolution.
That's why we dislike the term "contamination" and would rather think of music as a "development process". We don't perceive ourselves as some sort of "plague-spreaders", contaminating ethnic music with electronic drums or rock music with ethnic trills, but rather as world musicians that draw on their different traditions to develop a new and modern form of art.
SAAZ AND VOICE (Nazar -
Kurdistan - Iraq) : this is an Oriental lute with strings
producing extremely open and typical sound. Some keys are at the
interval of a fourth of tone according to the taste of a large
region that includes the Middle East and of part of the
Mediterranean. The tunes that Nazar sings and plays are very
ancient but sound extremely lively even to our modern ears.
KEYBOARDS (Maurizio Dami - Firenze - Italy): they represent the primordial soup, the sound of reality as it is, unaffected by history and culture. They provide the glue, they create the environment within which tunes can swim like fishes in the water.
KEYBOARDS and VOICE (Smail Kouider Aissa, Algeria) : They represent the dialogue amongst different Mediterranean cultures and the door to the Arab world. Smail comes from Algerian Rai.
TABLAS ( Rashmi v. Bhatt, Gujarat - India): the most typical and universally famous Indian percussions need no further presentation. Due to their precise tuning they are not only rhythmic but also harmonic instruments.
DAF, DARBOUKA, JEMBE' (Paolo Casu - Italia) : The rhythmic colors of Africa and Middle Est.
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