"Ivresses" - Alireza Ghorbani & Dorsaf Hamdani

"Ivresses" - Alireza Ghorbani & Dorsaf Hamdani



Ode to God, to fate, to wine and its ecstasy, the "rubaiyat", quatrains from the poet and Persian philosopher Omar Khayyam sketch " God's ecstasy" in verses filled with mysticism. Nourished by the soufie philosophy, Omar Khayyam concerns an existential questioning about mankind, the enjoyment of living and the relation of men with the Creator. His verses describe a lover in search of the unspeakable secrets of life.

His poetry irrigated the Persian empire, then the Arabic world before joining the West. "Ivresse", creation gathering for the first time the Iranian singer Ali Reza Ghorbani and the Tunisian singer Dorsaf Hamdani, will allow to hear this poetry in a dialogue between Arabic world and Persian world.

Alireza Ghorbani :

He belongs to the generation which grew up in the 70’s, the so-called « new young shoots » challenging the Iranian revolution on basic questions such as the place of music in society and more precisely, in a Islamic republic.

Born into a religious family, Ali Reza Ghorbani became familiar with the prosody and recitation of the Koran in Arabic at a very young age, and like many other young people of his generation discovered classical Persian music through the radio.

He recalls listening to Banan (master of Persian music and song) over the airwaves :
« Although at the time I did not understand the meaning nor the musical system, I was bowled over by this singing, I sensed it came from something profound and spiritual. I think moreover that if you are not literally bowled over when young you can never become a good musician. »

Dorsaf Hamdani :

Born in 1975 in Tunis, Dorsaf Hamdani develops her passion for music and her talent: a powerful and mesmerizing voice.

She masters the Tunisian and Arabic traditional repertoire abroad. She sings Khalthoumyet, Ismahinet, as well as liturgical registers. She knows how to vary the styles, try all the musics, sings in several languages…
Dorsaf Hamdani embodies the reinvention, in the continuity, of repertoire of the Tunisian noubas.

She played many times at the Opera of Cairo, with great conductors such as Salah Ghoubachi and Selim Sahab.

She won several prizes : in 1992 The Prize of the Young Tunisian talents, in 1995 the second prize at the Arabic Song festival in Jordania and in 1996 the golden record of the Tunisian song.

Dorsaf now collaborates with international artists and participates in educational works and teaches the vocal techniques of Arabic classic singing.


Alireza Ghorbani & Dorsaf Hamdani - Ivresses - label : Accords Croisés - Distributor : Harmonia Mundi - released on Feb. 17th, 2010

The record "Ivresses" has been elected Top of the World 2011, by the magazine songlines, who will edit a press review about this record on its April 11 release.