Hysterrae’s Hysterrae

cover, HysterraeThis debut self-titled album by Hysterrae is a captivating and innovative exploration of world music, blending the traditional with the contemporary. The collaborative effort of four acclaimed Italian and Iranian world music artists from different ethnic and musical backgrounds, along with the electronic music producer Emanuele Flandoli, results in a unique and mesmerizing listening experience. I can highlight a few key elements.

Diverse cultural influences: The album draws inspiration from a rich tapestry of cultural influences, spanning from Iran to Campania, Valle d’Itria to Salento. Each artist brings their unique musical traditions, creating a fusion that transcends borders and ethnic groups.

Concept of Mother Earth: The use of the term “Hysterrae” (the mother’s womb in ancient Greek), represents the Earth’s womb and adds a conceptual depth to the album. The thematic focus on Mother Earth conveys a message of unity, highlighting the interconnectedness of humanity and our shared existence on Earth.

Abstraction and hypnotic journey: The abstraction of original elements from each tradition contributes to the creation of a hypnotic journey. Voices, percussion, melodies, and circularity blend seamlessly, immersing the listener in a trance-like experience that transcends cultural boundaries.

Innovative sound exploration: The inclusion of percussive rhythms, evocative polyphonic voices, and the integration of dub and EDM elements showcase a bold and forward-thinking approach to world music. The fusion of ancient and contemporary sounds adds a layer of complexity and modernity to the traditional roots.

Talented lineup: The collaboration of highly skilled and acclaimed artists such as Cinzia Marzo (vocals, flute), Shadi Fathi (setar – Persian lute, tar – Azerbaijani lute, and the daf frame drum), Irene Lungo (vocals), and Silvia Gallone (vocals, percussion, Jew’s harp) brings a wealth of expertise to the project. Their contributions, both individually and collectively, create a dynamic and harmonious musical landscape.

Ritualistic and timeless quality: The album successfully transports the listener to a ritualistic space, evoking a sense of timelessness. It manages to bridge the gap between ancient traditions and the electronic tribality of contemporary sound, offering a refreshing and boundary-defying musical experience.

Overall, Hysterrae stands out as a thought-provoking and sonically rich album that pushes the boundaries of world music. The collaboration between diverse talents results in a cohesive and groundbreaking work that is likely to resonate with listeners seeking a unique and immersive musical journey. All seven tracks are worth listening but “Ruvida 1” and “Aziz djun” are playing non stop in my headphones.


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Tatiana Naryshkina

Tatiana Naryshkina is a folk singer, musician, writer, and teacher. In 2005 she and her husband founded the Russian folk music ensemble Vedan Kolod, in which she plays many instruments and is lead singer. She is member of the Russian Folklore Union and the Russian Musical Union (Guild of Composers) as well as a panelist of the Russian World Music Chart and Transglobal World Music Chart, and a co-founder of the NarVal musical instrument workshop. She has written for Folk Galore magazine, World Music Central online magazine, and various folk music blogs. She enjoys "the outdoors, especially in the steppes and forests; foxes; exploring archaeological and natural monuments; studying national cuisine; and, of course, music!"

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