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EVA QUARTET & HECTOR ZAZOU „THE ARCH“ 2012 (EM01)

The Arch is one of the most outstanding recordings and biggest projects in the history of World Music, featuring more than 50 musicians from 14 different countries.

The Swan song of the French musical magician Hector Zazou is a project together with the exceptional Bulgarian voices of ‘Eva Quartet’ (part of the world famous choir ‘Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares’) with the special participation of musicians from different genres and fields of music.

One producer of The Arch is Dimiter Panev – founder and director of the Bulgarian-German label and booking agency Elen Music – a 15-year-old company working with musicians from Bulgaria as well as other different countries. Dimiter Panev is also known as the producer of the CD ‘Ivo Papasov’, which got the 2005 BBC Music Award.

For three years Hector Zazou and Dimiter Panev travelled together a lot, communicated with musicians from all over the world, exchanged opinions, ideas, thoughts. It was a very long, yet creative way – The Arch. They went through the sophisticated and long process of creating this unique project – all the guest musicians were recorded in several studio sessions and many more improvised recordings on three continents.

The list of guests is quite long, featuring musicians from jazz, folk, world music, fusion, electronic and avant-garde etc. Among the outstanding musicians there are the ‘queen’ of experimental music Laurie Anderson (USA), Ryuichi Sakamoto (Japan), one of the most interesting piano players and composers of our time, the avantgarde rock guitar player Robert Fripp (UK), founder of the cult rock band King Crimson, the R.E.M. ex-drummer Bill Rieflin (USA). Moreover, several creative jazz musicians like Bill Frisell (USA), Nils Petter Molvær (Norway) and Zoltan Lantos (Hungary) took part in The Arch. Some of the biggest folk and world music musicians – Djiavan Gasparian (Armenia), Carlos Nunez (Spain) and Bollywood String Orchestra (India), Indian singer Kaushiki Charkaborty and the masterly Algerian oud player Mehdi Haddab (The Speed Caravan) are part of this incredible project.

Of course, there are also many guests from Bulgaria – the contemporary composer and brilliant pianist Antoni Donchev, the male voices of DvuglasMilen Ivanov and Daniel Spasov, Sofia String Quartet, the creative project Diva Reka featuring the masterly kaval player Kostadin Genchev and tambura player Dimiter Hristov and many more.

The Arch is mixed and mastered by Peter Walsh – a sound engineer who has worked together with many musicians – from the Spandau Ballet and Stevie Wonder to Peter Gabriel and Pulp.

The Arch is the methaphorical place where ancient traditions and magical voices meet contemporary feelings, amazing talent, masterly techniques, fame and pure creative spirit in order to create music that connects the best of music. Hector Zazou’s spirit has come alive again.

Tracklist and Musicians

EVA QUARTET are

Gergana Dimitrova – soprano
Sofia Kovacheva – mezzo-soprano
Evelina Christova – alto
Daniela Stoichkova-Dimitrova – contralto
Milen Ivanov (conductor) – bass-baritone

 

HECTOR ZAZOU – electronics

 

01. LAZARIZA 4:32

music Nikolay Kaufman

arrangement Hector Zazou

Eva Quartet – voices

Hector Zazou – electronics

Carlos Nunez – flutes

Zoltan Lantos – violin

Bill Frisell – guitar

Minna Raskinen – kantele

 

02. RAZVIVAY, DÓBRO 5:50

arrangement Anka Koushleva & Hector Zazou

beginning melody by Kayhan Kalhor

Eva Quartet – voices

Hector Zazou – electronics

Andrea Guzzoletti – trumpet and flugelhorn

Zoltan Lantos – violin

Antoni Donchev – piano

Stoyan Pavlov – tupan

* drums

Sting Quartet

Ljudmil Nenchev – 1st violin

Emil Boshev – 2nd violin

Ognian Kostantinov – viola

Christo Tanev – cello

arrangement Antoni Donchev

Diva Reka Group

Kostadin Gentchev – kaval (flute)

Dimitar Hristov – tambura

Violeta Petkova – gudulka (violin)

Peyo Peev – gudulka (violin)

Oleg Videnov – mandoline

Dimitar Tishev – accordion

Stoyan Pavlov – percussion

Dobri Paliev – percussion

 

03. BALNO LI TI E, SINO LJO 4:47

music Ivan Spassov

arrangement Hector Zazou

Eva Quartet – voices

Hector Zazou – electronics

Nils Petter Molvær – trumpet

Roberto Cechetto – guitar

Cecilia Chailly – harp

Ryuichi Sakamoto – piano

* drums, percussion

 

04. GOSPODI, POMILUY 5:14

on melodies of an Anonym from IXc. / arrangement Hector Zazou

Eva Quartet – voices

Hector Zazou – electronics

Laurie Anderson – voice & violin

Kostadin Gentchev – kaval

Cecilia Chailly – harp

Radosvet Kukudov – vibraphone

Bollywood Orchestra

 

05. PLANINSKO 7:39

on melodies from an old folk song from the Pirin area / arrangement Hector Zazou

Eva Quartet – voices

Hector Zazou – electronics

Antoni Donchev – piano

Dobri Paliev – marimba

* drums, percussion

Diva Reka Group

Kostadin Gentchev – kaval (flute)

Dimitar Hristov – tambura

Violeta Petkova – gudulka (violin)

Peyo Peev – gudulka (violin)

Oleg Videnov – mandoline

Dimitar Tishev – accordion

Stoyan Pavlov – percussion

Dobri Paliev – percussion

 

06. PLADNE DOYDE 3:44

on melodies of an old song / arrangement Hector Zazou

Eva Quartet – voices

Hector Zazou – electronics

Daniel Spassov – vocal

Milen Ivanov – vocal

Jivan Gasparyan– duduk

Quatuor Harmos – harmonica

Janne Strömstedt – harmonium

 

07. DOSTOINOEST 10:50

on melodies of an Anonym from IXc. / arrangement Hector Zazou

Eva Quartet – voices

Hector Zazou – electronics

Kaushiki Chakrabarty – voice

Xavier Cobo – flute

Zoltan Lantos – violin

Violeta Petkova – solo gudulka (violin)

Robert Fripp – guitar

Mehdi Haddab – ud

Diva Reka Group

Kostadin Gentchev – kaval (flute)

Dimitar Hristov – tambura

Violeta Petkova – gudulka (violin)

Peyo Peev – gudulka (violin)

Oleg Videnov – mandoline

Dimitar Tishev – accordion

Stoyan Pavlov – percussion

Dobri Paliev – percussion

 

08. YANA 3:54

arrangement Dimitar Hristov & Hector Zazou

Eva Quartet – voices

Hector Zazou – electronics

Carlos Nunez – flute and bagpipe

Kostadin Gentchev – kaval

Xavier Cobo – flute

Renaud Gabriel Pion – clarinet

Andrea Guzzoletti – flugelhorn

Dimiter Hristov – tambura

Stefano Saletti – bouzouki

Diego Amador – piano

Dobri Paliev – marimba

* drums, percussion

Bollywood Orchestra

 

09. SNOSHTI SI, MAMO, ZAMRAKNAKH 6:46

arrangement Kostadin Buradjiev & Hector Zazou

Eva Quartet – voices

Hector Zazou – electronics

Renaud Gabriel Pion– clarinet

Xavier Cobo – flute

Nils Petter Molvær – trumpet

Antoni Donchev – piano

Bill Rieflin – drums

 

10. MINKA 5:57

arrangement Stefka Koushleva & Hector Zazou

Eva Quartet – voices

Hector Zazou – electronics

Jivan Gasparyan – duduk

Kostadin Gentchev – kaval

Zoltan Lantos – violin

Dimiter Hristov – tambura

Cecilia Chailly – harp

Antoni Donchev – piano

Dobri Paliev – marimba

* drums, percussion

String Quartet

Ljudmil Nenchev – 1st violin

Emil Boshev – 2nd violin

Ognian Kostantinov – viola

Christo Tanev – cello

arrangement Antoni Donchev

 

11. THE ARCH 2:09

music & arrangement Hector Zazou

Eva Quartet – voices

Hector Zazou – electronics

Laurie Anderson – voice

 

12. KADÓNA 6:52

arrangement Kostadin Gentchev & Hector Zazou

Eva Quartet – voices

Hector Zazou – electronics

Laurie Anderson – violin

Bill Frisell – guitar

David Coulter – musical saw

Radosvet Kukudov vibraphone

Recordings 2006 - 2009

Eva Quartet, Antoni Donchev, Kostadin Gentchev, Dimitar Hristov, Radosvet Kukudov, Dobri Paliev, Stoyan Pavlov, Daniel Spassov, Sofia Sting Quartet recorded on 1st and 2nd recording sessions in Acoustic Version Studio, Sofia/Bulgaria, by Pavel Boljarski

Eva Quartet and Diva Reka Group recorded on 3rd recording session in Maiski Studio, Sofia/Bulgaria by Sletljo Zarov

Roberto Cechetto, Cecilia Chailly, David Coulter, Jivan Gasparyan, Andrea Guzzoletti, Mehdi Haddab, Carlos Nunez, Renaud Gabriel Pion, Minna Raskinen, Bill Rieflin, Janne Strömstedt recorded at NME Studio (Montreuil/France) or with the NME Mobile Studio on various locations by Hector Zazou.

Zoltan Lantos and Nils Petter Molvær recorded at Acoustic Version Studio, Sofia/Bulgaria by Pavel Boljarski

Robert Fripp recorded in DGM SoundWorld One Studio, England by David Singleton

Bill Frisell recorded in Emerson77 Studio, USA, by Matt Brown

Kaushiki Chakrabarty recorded in Teatro Del Gatto, Ascona/Italy by Lorenzo Tommasini

Laurie Anderson recorded in Studio of “Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt” Weimar/Germany by Matthias Middelkamp

Stefano Saletti recorded at Four Winds Studio, Rome/Italy by Fabiana Manuelli

Diego Amador recorded in Sevilla/Spain by Jorge Reyes Oliva

Bollywood Orchestra recorded in Aadi Shakti Studio, Mumbai/India by Tapan Diwanjee

Ryuichi Sakamoto recorded in Girona/Spain by Tetsushi Mase and Zach Bassett

* Four different talented musicians played drums and percussions on the album. Unfortunately, Hector passed away before he could put in writing who played what in which song. These musicians are Pavel Boljarski, Giovanni Lo Cascio, Stoyan Pavlov, Bill Rieflin.

Laurie Anderson appears courtesy of Nonesuch Records

Antoni Donchev appears courtesy of AD Music Records

Bill Frisell appears courtesy of the Savoy Label Group.

Andrea Guzzoletti appears courtesy of Even Eights Records

Mehdi Haddab appears courtesy of Realworld Records

Nils Petter Molvær appears courtesy of SULA Records

Carlos Nunez appears courtesy of Sony Music

Ryuichi Sakamoto appears courtesy of Commmons

Stefano Saletti appears courtesy of Piccola Banda Ikona Music

Arrangements and compositions by Hector Zazou published by Taktic Music

All other arrangements and compositions © Control

Additional sonic treatments by Peter Walsh

Mixed by Peter Walsh at KHS, Düsseldorf/Germany

Mastered at Skyline Studio, Düsseldorf/Germany by Kai Blankenberg

Translations by Ina Sofia Kalo (lyrics), Gergana Marinova and Kim Burton

Design and drawings by Dimiter Panev

Produced by Hector Zazou & Dimiter Panev

Marco Polo describes a bridge, stone by stone.
“But which is the stone that supports the bridge?” Kublai
Khan asks.
“The bridge is not supported by one stone or another,“
Marco answers, “but by the line of the arch that they form.”
Kublai Khan remains silent, reflecting. Then he adds:
“Why do you speak to me of the stones? It is only the arch
that matters to me.”
Polo answers: “Without stones there is no arch.”

ITALO CALVINO “Invisible Cities”