Man Is A Dream About A Shadow is the debut album of World Music by the band Qiyan from Hunnia Records. It is a Pure DSD 256 Stereo recording made at SuperSize Studios in Hungary on September 23, 2021. Exclusively available at NativeDSD in Stereo DSD 512, DSD 256, DSD 128 and DSD 64.
The word ‘Qiyan‘ in classical Arabic terminology refers to female slaves, mostly Jewish, who were required to entertain their masters through singing, instrumental music, and charm. Like the Japanese geisha, the Qiyan were highly skilled in music, poetry, the arts in general, and wrote a large amount of surviving medieval Arabic poetry. As a result, during the pre-modern Islamist women’s society, they were regarded as the highest order of slaves.
The region of Al-Andalusia experienced its golden age under the Córdoba Caliphate (929-1031), when the economy and culture flourished universally. The Córdoba Caliphate was characterized by its religious and cultural tolerance: this was true for the Jews as well as for many of the Christians who had converted to Islam. At this time, a distinct musical tradition developed in Al- Andalusia from the melodic treasures of the Qiyan trained in Medina, Baghdad, and Córdoba. It continued as an artistic form even after the abolition of slavery.
The band Qiyan draws on the incredibly rich Arab-Jewish musical output of this period and celebrates the artistic contribution of an enslaved people. Péter Ajtai created this large ensemble and the album is his debut as a leader.
Péter Ajtai – Double Bass
Ákos Szelevényi (Akosh S.) – Saxophone
Dániel Cseke – Saxophone
Vito Szelevényi – Trumpet
Ádám Czitrom – Guitar
Ádám Mészáros – Guitar
Áron Porteleki – Drums
Total time: 01:20:51
|Analog to Digital Converter||
Hapi, Merging Technologies
|Original Recording Format|
Róbert Zoltán Hunka
András Makay & Gábor Halász
SuperSize Studios in Hungary on September 23, 2021
|Release Date||December 23, 2021|
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