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A Thousand Tongues

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Nini Julia Bang is a Danish singer and musician whose interest in music began as she traveled in her late teens and early 20’s to India, Tuva, Iceland, Corsica, Georgia, & most recently Iran. Her music is a meld of traditional folk songs combined with oceanic electronics and meditative loops. Her multi dimensional voice has been described as haunting and heart wrenching.

Her debut EP, A Thousand Tongues, is a collection of six tracks that is a celebration of cross cultural expression, each track in collaboration with different female musicians from Iceland. Opening with an original composition in collaboration with JFDR, “Be Become” is an ambient and meditative call to arms. The rest of the EP dives into traditional songs reimagined. The second track is the minimal and mysterious “Beshnu Az Ney” from Iran, followed by two intensely cathartic and haunting pieces, produced by Samaris’ Áslaug Magnúsdóttir , a reimagining of the Icelandic lullabye “Sofðu unga ástin mín” and Kurdish lamentation song “Seydik”. The EP then soars into two love songs, the Bulgarian “Kalimanko” produced by Kira Kira, and lastly, the lilting and melancholic Greek love song “Smyrneiko Minore” with a piano arrangement of gravitational force by Sóley.

In six different languages, Nini traverses, is enveloped, and thrashes against a multi dimensional sonic landscape, offering herself as a vessel and resonating chamber in a dialogue of cross cultural expression, and diverse collaborations.

The EP is inspired by her first solo performance, of the same title, which premiered at the Theatre Olympics, in Wroclaw, Poland, and has since toured to Sweden and Iceland, being nominated for two Icelandic Theatre Awards in 2018 (GRÍMAN).

The EP will be released on November 15th, by Source Material.

SOURCE MATERIAL is an art collective based in Reykjavik and the US. The collective seeks to create opportunities for artists to have agency around their work, with a DIY, intimate creative community. Each project is ferociously adventurous and interdisciplinary.

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released November 15, 2018

Be Become
Original music by Nini Julia Bang and JFDR
Vocals by Nini Julia Bang

Beshno Az Ney
Trad. Iran based on Hodi va Pahlavi Goosheh
Poem by Rumi
Arranged and vocals by Nini Julia Bang

Sofdu unga astin min / Gjendines bånlåt
Trad. Iceland & Trad. Norway
Recomposed and vocals/piano/igil by Nini Julia Bang
Produced by Áslaug Magnúsdóttir

Kalimanko
Trad. Bulgaria
Recomposed and vocals by Nini Julia Bang
Produced by Kira Kira

Seydik
Trad. Kurdistan
Recomposed and vocals by Nini Julia Bang
Produced by Áslaug Magnúsdóttir

Smyrneiko Minore
Trad. Greece
Recomposed and vocals by Nini Julia Bang
Piano/Accordion by Sóley
Saw/Perc by Frank Aarnik



With support from DJBFA – Composer and Songwriters Production Pool and Kodas Cultural Funds

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Nini Julia Bang is a Danish singer and musician whose interest in music began as she traveled in her late teens and early 20’s to India, Tuva, Iceland, Corsica, Georgia, & most recently Iran. Her music is a meld of traditional folk songs combined with oceanic electronics and meditative loops. Her multi dimensional voice has been described as haunting and heart wrenching. ... more

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Track Name: Be Become
Be
Become
Became
Breathe
Track Name: Beshno Az Ney
بشنو از نى
شعر از مولوى
بر اساس گوشه حدى و پهلوى رديف آوازى ايرانى
بشنو از نى چون حكايت ميكند
وز جدايى ها شكايت ميكند
كز نيستان تا مرا ببريده اند
وز نفيرم مرد و زن ناليده اند
سينه خواهم شرحه شرحه از فراق
تا بگويم شرح درد اشتياق
من به هر جمعيتى نالان شدم
جفت بدحالان و خوش حالان شدم
هر كسى از ظن خود شد يار من
وز درون من نجست اسرار من

Listen to the flute, the ney: it complains
telling a tale of separation
since I was cut from the reed bed
men and women have lamented my cries
give me a breast torn asunder by separation
so I can express the pain of longing
whoever is separated from their origin
longs for recapturing unity
I have poured out my suffering in every gathering
my manners have been the same together with sad ones and happy ones
each became my friend from his own surmise
none sought to discover the secret within me
Track Name: Sofðu unga ástin mín / Gjendines Bånlåt
Sofðu unga ástin mín
úti regnið grætur
mamma geymir gullin þín
gamla leggi og völuskrín
við skulum ekki vaka um dimmar nætur
Það er margt sem myrkrið veit
minn er hugur þungur
oft ég svartan sandinn leit
svíða grænan engireit
í jöklinum hljóða dauðadjúpar sprungur
Sofðu lengi sofðu rótt
seint mun best að vakna
mæðan kenna mun þér fljótt
meðan hallar degi skjótt
að mennirnir elska missa gráta og sakna

Sleep my young love
outside the rain is weeping
mummy is watching over your treasure
an old bone and a round case
we should not stay awake
through dim nights
there is much that darkness knows
my mind is heavy
often I saw black sand
burning the green meadow
in the glacier cracks
are rumbling deep as death
sleep for a long time, sleep quietly
it is best to wake up late
sorrow will teach you soon
while the day is quickly decaying
that men love lose cry and mourn

Gjendines bånlåt
Jeg legges i min vugge nu
stundom gråte stundom le
sove nå sove nå
i Jesu namn
Jesus bevare bånet

I am being laid down in my crib now
sometimes I cry sometimes I laugh
sleep now sleep now
in the name of Jesus
Jesus keeps the children safe
Track Name: Kalimanko
Калиманко, Денко мари, хубава,
до сега си ми била, Денко мари, калиманка,
от сегана насетне, Денко мари, първо любе.
Изгори ме, Денко мари, попари ме,
та ме стори, Денко, калиманко, мари, сухо дърво,
сухо дърво, Денко, калиманко, мари, орехово.

Translation:
Kalimanko oh my beautiful girl
until today you’ve been for me the most beautiful girl
but from this day on, you are my true love
you have turned me into dry wood
dry wood dry walnut my beautiful girl
Track Name: Seydik
Dilikê min lê lê li ber felekê
hespan bînin zînan deynin li ser kê lekê
Seydikê min birîndare
hay hun bibin bajarê Diyarbekrê
birîna Seydikê min derba vê tifekê
dîtina min û Seydikê min çu roja qiyametê
Seydiko seydevano denbêjo bilurvano
sal û șepik bergûzê van nêriyano
xanîkê Seydikê min li pișta çûyê
belê Seydikê min eve sê roje zavaye
hûn bibin vê serșoyê
bo xwidê biken hûn bibin bajarê Zaxoyê

My son Seydik got up early secretly
bring the horses put the saddles on them
my Seydik is wounded
we will take him to the healer
my God let's take him to the town
the wound of my Seydik is that of my rifle
the last time I see my Seydik
is the last day of the world
Seydik my dear flute playing bard
your clothes looked like
the skin of an animal
the house of my Seydik is by the river
today my Seydik is a groom
take him to the hamam to wash his head
my Seydik is wounded,
take him to the town of Zakhoye
Seydik my dear, flute playing bard
your clothes looked like
the skin of an animal
Seydik my dearest
the one who hunts small birds
you thought you were a hunter
hadn't I told you not to go out
to hunt the wild beasts
may your father lose both his eyes
I killed my Seydik in the place
of a mountain goat
Track Name: Smyrneiko Minore
Smyrneiko Minore
Αν μ αγαπάς κι είν όνειρο, ποτέ να μην ξυπνήσω,
μες τη γλυκιά τη χαραυγή θέε μου ας ξεψυχίσω.

If you love me and it's a dream
I may never wake up
in the sweetness of dawn
God should take my soul away

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