Aashenayi – Spain at the court of Sulaiman the Magnificent

Canticum Novum


Alfonso X el sabio (1221 – 1284) Spain

Como Ponden – Cantiga 166 (Instrumental)

Dimitrie CANTEMIR (1693 – 1723) Ottoman Empire

Rast nakis beste – “Amed nesim – i”

Anonymous Turkey

Morenica – Sephardic romance

Khaled ARMAN (1965 – )

Dar Dâmané Sharâ

Anonymous After the Armenian tradition

Sareri hovin mernem

Anonymous Smyrna

Yo Era Nina De Casa Alta – Sephardic romance (Instrumental)

Anonymous 12th century Armenia

Nor tsaghik

Dimitrie CANTEMIR (1693 – 1723) Ottoman Empire

Der makam-i “Uzzäl Sakil Turna” (Instrumental)

Anonymous Turkish traditional

Bugün benim efkârim var

Anonymous Turkey

La Comida de la manana – Sephardic romance

Khaled ARMAN (1965 – )

Khan selawar khan

Anonymous The Balkans

Durme, hermoza donzella – Sephardic romance

Khaled ARMAN (1965 – )

Säqi ba khoda

Anonymous Turkey

Sirto (Instrumental)

Alfonso X el sabio (1221 – 1284) Spain

Offondo do mar tan chao – Cantiga 383

Canticum Novum

Gülay Hacer Toruk soprano

Mashal Arman alto

Emmanuel Bardon countertenor and direction

Khaled Arman ruhab

Aliocha Regnard nyckelharpa

Emmanuelle Guigues kamensheh

Aroussiak Guevorguian kanun

Gwénaël Bihan recorder

Henri-Charles Caget percussion

Ismaël Mesbahi percussion

Aashenayi – Spain at the court of Sulaiman the Magnificent

Wednesday July 30th – 21:00 – Valloire Church

With Sulaiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman Empire reaches its zenith : the whole of Europe dreads the Sultan’s army and janissaries, yet marvels at the splendours of Istanbul.
For Sulaiman, if the “Sublime Porte” holds a privileged strategic position for trade or war, its role is also to bridge the cultural gap between East and West.

Indifferent at first, the two worlds have grown curious of each other. Charmed, even fascinated, they are now receptive to mutual influences.

Restoring a common musical message variouly expressed through different traditions,“Aashenayi” pays homage to the intense artistic activity stirred by Sulaiman’s reign and opens a new passage between East and West, mingling ancient and traditional repertoires.

Echos from Persia, Turkey and Europe reverberate in the music performed by the ten members (French-Turkish, Afghan, Algerian, Armenian) of the Canticum Novum ensemble. Each plays the spectrum of his own musical tradition, yet viewed through the prism of our times, all converging towards a unique, contemporary focal point.
Whatever their personal cultural heritage and sensibility, borne by the same energy, these artists renew and nourish the timeless questioning about art.

Canticum Novum

Based at Saint-Etienne, Canticum Novum has given many concerts in France and abroad, often working with other ensembles such as Les Folies Françoises, the soloists of Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble…

In 2009, Canticum Novum takes over the musical direction of the “Festin Musical de Pommiers”, a festival of Early music, whose ambition is to bring together various peoples and cultures.

In 2010-2011, the ensemble travels throughout France and abroad with its programme « Paz, Salam & Shalom », a highly successful tour, as confirmed by the release of a DVD, then a CD. Wishing to give a theatrical dimension to its work on the three cultures of Spain, Canticum Novum then created « Hayim», a shadow show written by Gilles Grenouillet and co-produced by the JMF.

Canticum Novum is supported by the city of Saint Etienne, le Conseil Général de la Loire, la Région Rhône Alpes, le Ministère de la culture and la DRAC Rhônes Alpes.

Canticum Novum Website.