Babel

by rajna

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Sur les traces de Babylone, RAJNA s’inspire pour son nouvel opus « Babel » du berceau de notre civilisation : la Mésopotamie. Toujours à la recherche de nouvelles contrées, RAJNA continue son voyage musical. « Babel » est une œuvre intemporelle et introspective. La voix de Jeanne est plus présente que jamais, cristalline, puissante, emplie d’émotion avec son timbre de voix si particulier et son propre langage imaginaire. L’instrumentation sait se faire riche et complexe mais aussi élémentaire et épurée pour ne laisser place qu’à l’essentiel . Fabrice fait résonner une multitude d’instruments ethniques tels le doudouk, le ney, le bendir, le saz, le bouzouki, le whistle, la chiffonie, la tampura et biensûr son instrument de prédilection : le santoor.
« Babel » est un voyage onirique dans les jardins suspendus de Babylone « The Garden of Babylone » . Un écrin au cœur du mythe de Babylone qui a inspiré ces compostions : « Ziggourat », « Voyage of the Magus », « Hanuz Nist ».
Au détour des mélopées de l’Orient « Na Träya » et aux contours mélodiques celtes « The Wedding », « And the leaves are falling … » la charge émotionnelle est intense de part son langage imaginaire d’outre-temps.
« Babel » est aussi l’album du partage entre artistes tels que Olaf PARUSEL (aka sToa) pour une reprise magistrale du titre «Offering », pour une collaboration sur le titre «The Wedding » à l’origine composé pour la bande-son du documentaire allemand « Barbarrossa », et pour la reprise du titre de sToa : «Hanuz Nist » réinterprété par RAJNA … Ce sont-là la preuve d’une forte amitié entre ces artistes.
Avec « Babel », RAJNA revient à des compositions plus épurées et à des arrangements d’une grande pureté.

Following the trail of Babylon, Rajna’s new album ‘’Babel ‘’ is inspired by the cradle of our civilization, Mesopotamia. Rajna continues its musical journey and its quest of new and yet undiscovered landscapes. Babel is a timeless and introspective masterpiece. Jeanne’s crystal-clear and powerful voice is stronger and emotion filled than ever. The magic of Jeanne’s own language world and this such particular voice tone are transporting the auditor into far away dream lands. The musical composition of the album is sometimes very complex but also sometimes very minimalistic in order to focus only to what is the most essential and authentic in the heart of the songs. Fabrice once again explores a diversity of ethno instruments such as the duduk, the ney, the bendir, the saz, the buzuki, the whistle, the symphony, and of course its legendary and well known santoor.
Babel is a dreamlike trip within the hanging gardens of Babylon, ‘’ The Garden of Babylon’’.
It is a shrine within the myth of Babylon from which following compositions have emerged: « Ziggourat »,« Voyage of the Magus », « Hanuz Nist ».
Songs like the oriental flavoured ‘’Na Traya’’ or the celtic inspired ‘’The Wedding’’ and‘’And leaves are falling…’’ reach a peak of intensity using this such particular and timeless dream language of Jeanne.
Babel is also an album which has been conceived in the spirit of charring and collaborating with artists such as Olaf Parussel from sToa. This has lead to the wonderful interpretation of the song ‘’Offering’’, the common work on the song ‘’The Wedding’’ (which was originally conceived as soundtrack for the German documentary ‘’Barbarossa’’) and for the cover version of the sToa song ‘’Hanuz Nist’’ which Rajna has reinterpreted with highest intensity. This collaboration constitutes the foundations of a strong friendship between these two artists.
With ‘’Babel’’ Rajna is back at its best with compositions of a rare purity and intensity, going straight to the heart of emotions.

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released January 1, 2013

All tracks composed and arranged by Jeanne LEFEBVRE and Fabrice LEFEBVRE at “Out the world “ studio between Spring 2010 and Autumn 2012 , except “Cathar song” and “ Ziggourat” recorded at the church of Chens sur Léman in Summer 2011 and arranged at "Out of the world" studio in 2012, “A prayer for rain” recorded at Tautavel in Summer 2011 and arranged at "Out of the world" studio in 2012, “Hanuz Nist “ composed by Olaf Parusel aka "Stoa" and completely re-arranged by Rajna in Winter 2011 at "Out of the world" studio, originally appeared from the CD "Silmand" by Stoa in 2008 . “Offering” composed by Rajna and totally ( Amazing ) re-arranged by Olaf Parusel aka Stoa in 2011 , Gabriel Sienkiewicz played viola, originally appeared from the CD"Offering ". “The Wedding” composed by Olaf Parusel and arranged by Rajna, originally appeared from "Barbarossa" movie sound track in 2010. "Voyage of the Magus & And the leaves are falling…" originally appeared on the compilation "Message des Fées" in 2008.
Mastered by Amaury Pillot
Artwork by Moreau Thierry
RAJNA would like to thank : Thierry Moreau, Amaury Pillot,
Théotime Lefebvre, Olaf Parusel and Gabriel Sienkiewicz, Ophélie Couture and François Ducarn, Brice Amo, Emmanuel Queva, Aret Madilian and H.Gabriel-Xerxès and all those who who support our music all over these years.

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Rajna is a band from France formed in 1997. Situated somewhere between dream and journey, it is an encounter with different cultures, civilisations, sounds and emotions. Clearly inspired by the mysteries of Orient, these compositions blend instruments from all parts the world : Tibet, Nepal, India, Australia, Turkey, North and Central Africa…and more. ... more

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