Album ‘Diamond Grid’ – out May 24 on Tambourhinoceros
Photo credit: Jakob Steen
Copenhagen-based duo IRAH have announced their new album ‘Diamond Grid’ for release via Tambourhinoceros on May 24th.
The duo, consisting of Copenhagen-based Stine Grøn (vocals) and Adi Zukanović (keyboards) have conjured a remarkable album that reaches for both the stars above our heads and the earth beneath our feet, drawing from both Zukanovic’s Bosnian and Grøn’s Danish heritage, and combining a multitude of musical traditions, states of mind, and spiritual dimensions.
Today they share the delicately cascading and spiralling first single, “Unity of Gods”. Grøn comments: “‘Unity of Gods’ is about longing to stay in touch with both yourself and nature as you feel disconnected from these natural elements because of digital disturbances.”
Adi was born in Sarajevo in Bosnia but fled to Denmark with his family as a four-year-old when the war broke out. At his refugee centre, Adi found a small keyboard in the playroom – a discovery that went on to open a whole new world of calm and escape for him. Years later, Adi is one of Denmark’s most sought after pianists and keyboardists, arranging for some of the country’s most celebrated Danish symphony orchestras. Stine was brought up in Denmark and when she took up singing as a child it soon became her creative universe. Her singing has evolved over the years into seemingly effortless, powerful and ethereal expressions. Eventually their musical paths brought them to each other and together they formed IRAH, named for a higher being Stine encountered during meditation, which came to be a mantra for her.
Lyrically, ‘Diamond Grid’ deals with existential crises on both human and political levels – those close to IRAH’s heart and those affecting the wider world. Mostly written via improvisational methods in the studio where they find collective musical energy, for both Stine and Adi IRAH is a creative safe haven away from hectic modern life – a place of spirituality and meditation. But ultimately, it’s the pair’s never-ending musical curiosity at the heart of IRAH. Throughout ‘Diamond Grid’ contemporary themes and sounds mesh with an undercurrent of ageless and transcendental spirituality that flows through everything and the result is an album of other-worldly, enchanting proportions.
They were joined on the record by Seb Rochford (drums), Fredrik Lundin (flute) and Mathias Wolf Andreasen (drums on “Unity of Gods”). The album was recorded mostly at Sauna Studios in Copenhagen and produced by IRAH in collaboration with fellow Dane Mads Brinch Nielsen. The artwork is by visual artist Jakob Steen.