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Shiraz. A Romance of India Cine-concert

Accompanied live by Foley’Ala feat. Irina Margareta Nistor

Shiraz. A Romance of India Cine-concert Accompanied live by Foley’Ala feat. Irina Margareta Nistor

Shiraz - A Romance of India * (UK, Germany, India, 1928), directed by Franz Osten, 101 min.

Original music:

Foley’Ala (Bucharest)

Alin Zăbrăuţeanu - foley, electronics, live processing

Alexandra Andrieş - voice, percussion

Maria Petrescu - oboe, straight flute

Radu Rădescu - percussion, text selection, translation and adaptation

Irina Margareta Nistor - text reading (recording)

Shiraz is a powerful story, based on the romanticized legend of the genesis of the most beautiful monument in the world dedicated to love: the Taj Mahal. Shiraz, the son of a potter, is like a brother to Selima, a girl of noble origins, rescued from an ambush in her early childhood. In time, Shiraz falls in love with Selima, and when she is kidnapped by slaves and sold to Prince Khurram, Shiraz follows her to Agra, where he risks her life to protect her. Selima is faced with a difficult choice: will she accept the prince's love or will she return to her childhood love?

The solution used by the band Foley'Ala for sound design is close to the specific way of creating the sound environment for the radio theater (live foley), in which, over a prefabricated layout, digitally processed acoustic musical elements, sampling technique combining with live instruments. The electronic approach aims to reach unique areas of exploration, characteristic for the synthesizers era, but citations from established themes or archetypal cultural references are not avoided. Video film nostalgics will be happy to discover that the reading of the introductory text, selected from the novel "Harun and the Sea of Stories" by Salman Rushdie, is made by the unmistakable "Voice of Movies", Irina Margareta Nistor. 

Franz Osten (1876–1956), a German director and actor known for “Ochsenkrieg” (1920) and “Untouchable Girl” (1936), directed “Shiraz” as the second part of a trilogy of silent films inspired by myths and Indian legends, including "The Light of Asia" (1926) and "A Throw of Dice" (1929).