Album Remarks & Appraisals:
MusicWeb International, 23rd March 2015
There is never a sense of drumming for its own sake, but instead the players develop a sense of language to each number. What is striking is the sheer variety of sound the draw from the instruments, be it a thwack on the barrel of the instrument or a gentle stroke instead of a curt beat.
Nearly 40 years ago, Djamchid Chemirani made his first recording for harmonia mundi (reissued this month). Since then, his career has blossomed, and he performs now with his sons Keyvan and Bijan at his side. Both separately and together, each has explored various universes of sound and honed their craft as musicians. But Trio Chemirani has constantly returned to the shared magnum opus: the elaboration of a universal rhythmic language. Dawâr fuses the spirituality, diverse cultural experiences and historical sensitivity of these three great artists.
Personnel: Djamchid Chemirani (vocals, zarb); Keyvan Chemirani (santur, daf, zarb); Bijan Chemirani (saz, daf, zarb).
Audio Mixers: Arnaud Bequet; Ludovic Palobaud; Bruno Bracchi.
Liner Note Author: Frédéric Deval.
Recording information: Studio vega, Carpentras (07/2014).
Photographer: Thomas Dorn.