The prize goes without hesitation to Keyvan Chemirani's project entitled Hâl. He has brought together his brother Bijan, his sister Maryam and the flautist, Sylvain Barou, for a journey from East to West. Percussions, saz, santur, flutes, duduk... and Maryam Chemirani's formidable vocal mastery - and when I say mastery, I mean openness, emotion and humble restraint - all of this to follow a journey from Iran to India, passing through the traditions of Brittany, Ireland or Scotland. Without ever giving the impression of wanting to create a fashionable crossbreeding at all costs. Simply a human flight across borders. To be seen again and again.
With Hâl, Keyvan Chemirani creates for the charismatic voice of his sister Maryam Chemirani a jewellery box, at times silky and luminous, at times vivid and cheerful. In addition to his own finesse on the Indian santur and brilliance on the Persian zarb, Keyvan Chemirani brings together virtuoso flutist Sylvain Barou renown for his mighty sound and brother Bijan Chemirani known for his delicate sensibility on the saz and his astonishing precision on the percussions.
Let’s get on board together on this loving journey where the hâl, this ecstatic state of both awakening and self-forgetfulness in Persian classical music, is our leading light, our direction!