Such a Moon, the Thief Pauses to Sing (2018)

Peppe Frana & Christos Barbas

Two thieves, Italian Peppe Frana (oud, lavta) and Greek Christos Barbas (flute, ney) enchanted by the moon (the wonderful world of the modal music of Middle East and beyond) stop to sing their ecstasy the result is the album “Such a Moon, the thief pauses to sing” first album by the duo including ten original compositions and (taksim -opening improvisations – all in its makam, taken by the classical Ottoman tradition.

Ottoman classical music is a product of centuries of mutual contact between Persians, Arabs, Greeks, Armenians, Jewish, Turkish musicians as well as other populations from Anatolia and Asia Minor. So we can also assert that, like any other musical genre, it can only survive into the future in the same way that it reaches our ears: through continuous changes and variations, deviations and fluctuations, innovations and mutations. If it doesn’t, then instead of growing and spreading, it will shrink and die out.
“The music we composed for this record is based on a musical system called makam which has existed for at least five centuries in various forms in a very broad area of our world, spreading from the western end of the Maghreb right through the Middle East and into what is now western China”.

Recorded February & June 2018
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Giovanni Paglioli at Studio XXXV, Cava de’ Tirreni, Italy
Thanks to: Leah Stuttard, Ross Daly
Produced by Felmay Records