© Claire Huteau, 2017

Meïkhâneh Trio

Rennes, France

Meïkhâneh’s compositions are fed by imagination, improvisation and traditional music from Europe, Mongolia and Iran. The luminous and captivating voices carry the power of East European singings, the aerial melodies of the great spaces, as well as the depth of the khöömii, Mongolian overtone singing. One can hear traveling cords recalling the steppes of Asia and Andalusia. The chiseled rhythms of percussion draw on the Persian tradition. Meïkhâneh takes us to the heart of a music without borders that caresses
the soul. Its name borrowed from Persian poetry means the «House of Intoxication». We let ourselves be carried…

References: Opening act of Susheela Raman, Titi Robin, Trio Chemirani, Natacha Atlas… Bonlieu-scène nationale d’Annecy, Les Suds à Arles, Les Joutes musicales de Printemps, Étonnants Voyageurs…

Maria Laurent
vocals, tovshuur lute, morin khuur fiddle

Johanni Curtet
overtone khöömii singing, throat singing, guitar, dombra lute

Milad Pasta
zarb, daf, udu percussions


Meïkhâneh with Guests

MEÏKHÂNEH + UUGAN

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Uugan is is one of the guest musician on “La Silencieuse”, the second album from the band.
Meïkhâneh finds inspiring to meet musicians from different influences and to play with them. In April 20 11, Meïkhâneh met Uugan, a brilliant Mongolian double bass player, during a creation residency in Switzerland (at La Distillerie Art House in Bulle). That was the beginning of a close collaboration that still continues. Every year they meet again and make new songs together, mixing their musical worlds. Uugan plays in several bands and projects, including Egschiglen, a famous Mongolian traditional ensemble from Germany, with whom he plays all around the world since fifteen years. His music is rooted in the Mongolian tradition (imitation of the horse and camel steps, Long Songs… ), in European classical music, and in personal creations and innovations. He plays on an Ikh Khuur (horse head double bass), that he made. His instrument is like his music: a mix of tradition and modernity.

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MEÏKHÂNEH + MARTIN COUDROY

© Olivier Gérard

Martin Coudroy is also one of the guest musician on “La Silencieuse”, the second album from Meïkhâneh.
The collaboration between him and Meïkhâneh started in 2015. From the Swidish traditional music to jazz, folkloric musics to swing, Martin Coudroy explores all the possibilities of the diatonic accordion. Some of his several colaborations are the lovely Jonsson Coudroy duo, Tanghe Coudroy duo, Adébra, Triouche. He also plays solo.
Meïkhâneh and Martin Coudroy have a full concert program created in 2017 where all their influences, including swidish traditional meet and mix in an organic and unexpected way.

© Jean-François Castell

QUINTET PROJET

For its ten years anniversary, in 2019, Meïkhâneh is preparing several events, including the creation of the Meïkhâneh Quintet project, bringing together the trio, Uugan and Martin Coudroy. Partnerships, co-productions and residencies are being fixed.


Bios

MEÏKHÂNEH
MARIA LAURENT

Vocals, tovshuur lute, morin khuur fiddle

JOHANNI CURTET

Overtone khöömii singing, throat singing, guitar, dombra lute

MILAD PASTA

Zarb, daf, udu percussions

GUEST MUSICIANS
UUGANBAATAR TSEND-OCHIR

Mongolian Ikh Khuur double bass

MARTIN COUDROY

Diatonic accordion