Spelningar & kommentarer
Gigs and comments
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.
As the Christian
warlords conquered more and more of the muslim territories in Spain,
i.e. al-Andalus/ Sepharad, qiyan were captured and taken back to the
courts of Europe as booty.
"The first troubadour", William of Aquitaine (969 - 1030), grew up among
qiyan and was surely influenced by them. The troubadour movement which started in Provence contributed to
spreading their influence to the rest of Europe, as these
travelling musicians moved from court to court
could be said about qiyan, but perhaps we should leave it at
that! Suffice it to say that these our predecessors have forged
and handed down a strong tradition of improvisation and
renewal. We like to think that we sail in their wake, sending on
new ripples to the future...