Les Tisserands

— Cross-over between folk, jazz and early music in the spirit of the Cathars (2006)

Zefiro Torna - Amorroma - Traces

  1. Jowan Merckx - arr. R. Schlesinger - La cara originala
  2. Peirol, Els Van Laethem - arr. Les Tisserands - tekst Peirol (c1188-c1222) - si be'm sui luènh
  3. Jowan Merckx - arr. Vincent Noiret - L'uelh del vesent
  4. Els Van Laethem - arr. Les Tisserands - tekst Bernard de Ventadorn (c1145-c1180) - Tant ai mon còr
  5. Jowan Merckx - sander
  6. Jowan Merckx - arr. M. De Cat - Lo present etèrn
  7. Jowan Merckx - arr. R. Schlesinger - L'illusion demascada
  8. Els Van Laethem - arr. Les Tisserands - tekst Peirol (c1188-c1222) - En jòi que'm demòra
  9. Els Van Laethem - tekst Raimon de Miraval (c1190-c1220)/Jowan Merckx - Entre dos volers/scoone figure
  10. Jowan Merckx - arr. R. Schlesinger - pur amor
  11. Jowan Merckx - arr. R. Schlesinger, B. Van Reeth - fama publica
  12. Jowan Merckx - arr. B. Van Reeth - Arbor vitae
  13. Giraut Riquier - arr. Els Van Laethem, Jurgen De bruyn - tekst Riquier (c1230-c1300) - No'm sai d'amor
  14. Jowan Merckx - arr. B. Van Reeth, Vincent Noiret / Jowan Merckx - colèra ò pietat / l'indivisible

The traditional music group Amorroma, the historical music ensemble Zefiro Torna and jazz saxophone player and flute player Philippe Laloy (Traces, Tricycle) meet in a programme imbued by the spirit of Catharism. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the Cathars formed an important spiritual movement. Averse to all dogmas, they aimed at elevated human values such as austerity, immaterialism and noblesse de coeur. In Flanders, they were sometimes called phiphles (flute players?) in France parfaits, bonhommes or tisserands (weavers). They were persecuted by the Inquisition for heresy, and finally brought down in Montségur, a town in the French Pyrenees.

Occitania was the region where the Cathar phenomenon flourished, and where at the same time the troubadour repertoire developed. Several poetic texts by individuals such as Marcabrun, Bernard de Ventadour and Raymond de Miraval lean towards the ideas and the actions of the Cathars, and give expression to a strong sense of liberty. The medieval texts and melodies serve as a source of inspiration for this programme, just like the melodies composed by Jowan Merckx – contrafacts that evoke reminiscences of earlier times and various European and Eastern cultures. The ensemble’s arrangements of these melodies stand out for their variety of textures and their colourfulness.

The duality of the Cathar doctrine, based on the contrast between good and evil, Yin and Yang, manifests itself in a multitude of contrasts. Complex polyphony is opposed to the simplicity of a unison melody; elating dance music to epic ballads; the strong, dark and piercing tones of the bagpipes, the bass, the viola da gamba and the bouzouki to soft instruments like the lute, the harp, the viol and flutes. The soprano sax improvisations, the female voice and the poetry of the troubadours enter into a compelling dialogue.

Jowan Merckx flute, bagpipes, gaita, compositions
Bert Van Reeth bouzouki
Rheidun Schlesinger celtic harp

Philippe Laloy soprano saxophone
Vincent Noiret double bass

Zefiro Torna
Els Van Laethem vocals, compositions
Jurgen De bruyn lutes, artistic direction
Liam Fennelly fiddle, viola da gamba

Michel Van Achter recording, mixing, mastering, producing

Els Sallets artwork
Pachenco.com & Stefaan Algoet photography

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