SWR2 MusikGlobal: Maria Jonas – Music from the worlds between

16. January 2018

MariaJonasA program by Johannes S. Sichtermann

Portrait with sound examples about the singer, for whom the concert “Theophanu” was written in 2000.

Above all, Maria Jonas is known as a singer of medieval music and leader of her ensemble Ars Choralis Coeln. But at the same time, for almost ten years now, she has been looking far beyond the horizon and is open to influences from other musical cultures.For example, the Middle East, ancient Persia, India and the entire North African region are of particular importance to herMusicians like Bassem Hawar, the Iraqi Fidel, or the Dhrupad singer Amelia Cuni are just two artists with whom she tries to confront modal, traditional music with improvisation and new music. New instruments such as the Shruti-Box, North Indian micro-intervals by means of hand-operated, further developed harmonium and unusual moods are part of their wide sound cosmos.

program script (German)

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