Maria Laurent: vocals, banjo, tovshuur (Mongolian lute)
Johanni Curtet: khöömii (overtone singing), throat singing, guitar, dombra (Kazakh lute), morin khuur (horse head fiddle), choir
Milad Pasta: tombak, udu drum, daf, tambourine, choir

With guests
Meïkhâneh + Uugan (Egschiglen)
Meïkhâneh + Martin Coudroy

Meïkhâneh’s compositions are fed by imagination, improvisation and traditional music from Europe, Mongolia and Iran. The luminous and captivating voices carry the power of East European singings, the aerial melodies of the great spaces, as well as the depth of the khöömii, Mongolian overtone singing. One can hear traveling cords recalling the steppes of Asia and Andalusia. The chiseled rhythms of percussion draw on the Persian tradition. Meïkhâneh takes us to the heart of a music without borders that caresses
the soul. Its name borrowed from Persian poetry means the «House of Intoxication». We let ourselves be carried…

New album Chants du dedans, chants du dehors
Songs from Inside, Songs from Outside
Release : 10 June 2022

Five years after La Silencieuse (Buda Musique 2017), Meïkhâneh affirms more the Persian, Mongolian and European influences of its musical language, at the crossroads of World Music and an imaginary Folklore. The trio explores interiority and exteriority, the cocoon and the vast world, what is felt and what is said. A call to space, to travel, to nature… This new album offers 13 songs that are both luminous and intimate, earthy and vibrant. Sung in Mongolian, Persian, Portuguese, Greek, French and imaginary language, Chants du dedans, Chants du dehors (Songs from Inside, Songs from Outside) delivers limpid, deep melodies, dancing rhythms, in a setting of plucked and bowed strings, between earth and sky.

References: Opening act of Susheela Raman, Titi Robin, Trio Chemirani, Natacha Atlas, Las Hermanas Caronni… / Bonlieu-scène nationale d’Annecy, musée des Confluences, Festival Là ! C’est de la musique (Avignon OFF), Les Suds à Arles, Étonnants Voyageurs, Joutes musicales de Printemps, Les Détours de Babel, le Sunset, Into the Wild Summer Festival (UK), Woodburner Music Nights (UK), Festival Les Nuits du Monde, l’Alhambra (CH), Le bout du monde (CH), tournée Klangkosmos (DE)…

La maison de l’ivresse (Cas Particuliers, 2012).

La Silencieuse (Cas particuliers/Buda Musique, 2017). International distribution

Chants du dedans, chants du dehors (Cas particuliers/Buda Musique, 2022). International distribution

Press clippings

Chants du dedans, chants du dehors – 2022
-5 Planètes – #### (France)
« C’est un très bel opus dont on découvre de nouvelles facettes à chaque nouvelle écoute! » – François Saddi
-WOXX Magazine (Luxembourg)
“Both melodically and instrumentally a very special, harmonic melange of a first-class group.” – Willi Klopottek (Netherlands)
“What a global beauty, that touches you from the inside and the outside!” – Jan Willem Broek
-Songlines (UK) ***
“…mix of improvisation and wide-ranging musical travels. They’re a kind of musical singularity at a crossroads of an ‘imaginary’ folk world and world music.” – Tim Cumming
-Elektrik Bamboo
“ambiance totalement dépaysante pour ces Chants du dedans, chants du dehors… C’est un étonnant voyage à l’intérieur de nous, mais aussi un vibrant appel vers l’espace extérieur, la nature, que nous convie Meïkhâneh. On s’y laisse porter avec délectation.” – Bernard Jean
-Le Club de Médiapart
“La musique est un art du voyage. Par son langage universel, elle permet de s’affranchir de ses propres racines en les bouturant avec d’autres essences. Les bourgeons de Meïkhâneh sont magiques, à la fois lyriques et rythmiques, empruntant des chemins qui nous mènent vers des contrées qui n’existent que dans l’imagination des artistes…” – Jean-Jacques Birgé
-Chemins de terre, Radio Rennes
Moorsmagazine (Netherlands)
“…a truly sublime masterpiece…” –H.Moors
Zicazic (FR)
-“un langage imaginaire que ces artistes originaux qui se sont produit en ouverture de Susheela Raman ou encore Natacha Atlas utilisent avec une forme de malice qui fait plaisir à découvrir” – F. Delforge
-Prog Female Voices:
“Meïkhâneh est un trio des plus fascinants … Cette combinaison gagnante offre un savant mélange de sensations irréelles bien au-delà de l’ivresse. Fenêtre ouverte sur un Ailleurs enchanteur, Meïkhâneh et ses Chants Du Dedans, Chants Du Dehors cultive l’art délicat de faire voyager très loin, tout en restant chez soi.”
-Radio Canada
“Ce qui est étonnant avec ce trio est la profusion d’instruments”, “On aime beaucoup beaucoup Meïkhâneh “
-Blogfoolk (Italia)
« Mai convenzionali queste “Canzoni dall’interno e dall’esterno” della “Casa dell’ebbrezza” (questa la traduzione del nome della band che è mutuato dalla poesia persiana), che costituiscono un’esperienza oltremodo amabile. » – Ciro De Rosa
-Radio active:
« Très bel album », « Super artistes plein de cordes à leur arc »
-Spin the Globe (USA)
TOP 15 – 6e position juin
-Transglobal World Music Charts, July
38e position
-World Music Charts Europe
18e position – juillet
9e position – août
15e position – septembre
Radios: FIP (France), MDR Kultur (Allemagne), ORF (Autriche), Radio Wira Wiri, Senzor (Netherlands), PBS (Australia), LSM (Lettonie), Concertzender (Netherlands), Calypso World, BBC Planet Music (UK), Podwireless (UK), Radio Terrassa (SPAIN), MulticutFM (DE), Around midnight Hit & Run broadcast on Metadeftero (GREECE), Un nomade dans l’oreille, Radio Canada, DEMÉSENLLÀ (Catalonia), Mundofonías (Spain), WPKN-FM (Connecticut, USA), New Sounds (New York Public Radio, USA), KUNM 89.9 Albuquerque/Santa Fe (USA), RTVS (Slovakia)…
La Silencieuse – 2017

“Hard to imagine it won’t be one of my handful of favourites of the year.” – Ian Anderson

“a rich musical journey with a soul of its own.” – Tim Cumming

Broadcast of “Uulyn Nulims” and “Pluies” in New Sounds

“Intoxicating imaginary folklore” – Charlie Crooijmans

“An excellent disc that lets you speechless” – Jan Willem

“A high voice often with an angelic appearence […] which is also capable of more baroque intensity, that wanders in a mind-blowing way somewhere between the Steppes of Mongolia […] and the sides of Euphrates.” – Anne Berthod

“Wisdom and depth, fed with the soul, lightning, a dark but visionary atmosphere, dissonances, small pains, realizations: “La Silencieuse” is all this at the same time.  each time you listen to it, you catch new details”. – Carla Visca

“La Silencieuse [The Silent] might be the name of the soul of the listener after having listened to Meïkhâneh.” – Stéphane Fougère

Press review – Meïkhâneh 2012-2015

Ouest-France, 20/10/14
«Meïkhâneh has touched the heart… A vagabond trio to be followed.»

Ethnotempos, 13/10/12
«Newcomer in the sphere of travelling music, Meïkhâneh trio distills a sound mixture that inevitably evokes the great untamed spaces, windy and dry, that put the human being in its true place on the globe … (…) The discographic debut of Meïkhâneh is certainly akin to a journey on the Silk Road, but offers a homemade “alternative itinerary” that deviates from the trails too signposted. (…) So, every soul wanders there will be in a both unknown and familiar ground».

Trad Magazine, Gérard Viel, oct. 2012
«The group makes us travel in an unusual and convivial world of sound, for a stroll beyond the borders, time and space».

Radio Campus Rennes, 23/04/12
«You know which cliché can convey the “world music”. Here, you can easily forget them. A mixture of various traditions offers your ears a really surprising outcome. This trio from Rennes prepared us a form of musical and cultural broth with rare intensity of flavour».

Ouest-France, 15/01/12
«A moment of happiness …»

Les Rennais, J.B. Gandon, n°17 2014
Letters and Notes. A disc
Meïkhâneh / La maison de l’ivresse (Self-production – Cas particuliers)

At the house of intoxication, flows a volapük cocktail which only Meïkhâneh, the boss, knows the recipe. Here we talk a little about Mongolia, Iran, Portugal and Hungary, and it is true that the caravan is soon to enchant us.
It is not a journey by night train in the dusk, but rather a light ride between Khan and Shah. Actually the first album of Meïkhâneh was illuminated end to end by Iran and Mongolia. Here, the yurts of Ulaanbaatar have a Bulgarian, or in any case, Eastern European taste. In The House of Intoxication, in fact, the scenery does not change as stages, by the six tracks on the album, but inside of the each piece. With Maria Laurent, a singer from Rennes, on the microphone, we are guaranteed to leave with a bonus of a wonderful collection of voice timbres. Accompanied by Johanni Curtet, an emeritus guitarist mastered the art of overtone singing, and Milad Pasta, the Iranian percussionist, this singer playing horse head fiddle and Mongolian lute invites us to travel across the steppes, under the watchful eye of a Lisbon poet. When the caravan serenely moves up through the beautiful falls of fado to the bottom of the Mongolian (throat) gorge, with the wandering minds, we are carried away to the moving sands, thinking that “The melancholy is one of the things most equitably shared on earth”. From “The Thirst Street” of Rennes to the Silk Road of Marco Polo, The House of Intoxication by Meïkhâneh is never dry of emotions and we don’t stop heaping praises».