Qiyans Krets


Echoes of Qiyan - A Nordic excursion into the world of Al-Andalusian, Medieval and Sephardic music

Echoes of Qiyan - A Nordic excursion into the world of Al-Andalusian, Medieval and Sephardic music.

The Qiyan heritage is ancient musical tradition, alive and well and certainly kicking. Qiyan were highly educated slave-women av varying ethnic backgrounds who entertained at the muslim courts in former times. These women were highly prized poets, singers, instrumentalists and dancers, and were responsible for performing and spreading the works of the composers of the period.

The trio QIYANS KRETS takes up the threads of the Sephardic, Arabic and Occidental traditions and follow them through time and space to the present day. They present several programmes:

”Qiyan's Tapestry”: a programme based on medieval music from the European tradition, but a glimmering multicultural tapestry.

”Las tres ermanikas”: the Sephardic programme: The Sephardic Jews took their music and song with them into exile from Spain in 1492, including a wealth of secular songs sung in their own language, Ladino, a form of early Spanish. QiYANS KRETS approach the Sephardic tradition it in their own way, just as their predecessors did – countless new elements have crept in during the centuries, both in texts and melodies.

Group members

Josefine Liftig: flutes,percussion, vocals
Veronica Halten: harp, vocals
Marianne Holmboe: vocals, percussion

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