From Earth to Heart : a Christmas concert
French baroque and Eastern traditional songs
Launching a bridge between French ancient culture and the East and South-East countries of Asia based on musical cadence opens a poetic space. Both signifies the common meaning and I believe, Asian University for Women Choir is the best ensemble to build this bridge. During that concert, we will meet Love and Hope at on the other hand Fear of Exile. All the feelings that men and women have portrayed together all over the world for centuries with the classical and traditional songs. The 35 singers of the choir, coming from 14 countries from Syria to Nagaland- India also from Afghanistan to South India, will express with the French professional ensemble Son Ar Mein. This will present the intimate feelings of Mankind.
During the concert, we will perform, 16th century French choir songs and choir pieces, like the famous « Mignonne, allons voir si la rose », the charming village songs devoted to Christmas, composed by the French musician Michel Corrette. Besides the joyful music, let’s hear melancholic songs, such as « the young girl » and « the daughter of the King Louis ».
In dialogue of this ancient and deep French music and Eastern songs from different countries of the singers of the Choir will create a fascinating echo, where we will find notably the Cambodian song « the river man », the Nagaland song « love of God », the famous Arabic music « Give me the flute », a Bengali Tagore song, and so on.
Music is a universal language. This concert will show again how this truth can be alive with 35 singers and musicians leading the audience in a musical travel all over France, Middle East and South Asia.
Asian University for Women Choir
Dr. Selvam Thorez, Director
Prof. Ethan Golbach, Assistant Director
Soloists : Christine Alexis*, Sophorn Saat**
Son Ar Mein Consort
Stéphane Tamby (flute, bassoon), Jean-Luc Tamby (guitare), Keyvan Chemirani (percussions),
Camille Aubret (violin), Martin Bauer (viol)