Solwings is a visionary project born from the co-operation of Cristian Viviano and Gaetano Caruana. The word is a mix of Spanish and English and literally means "the wings of the sun". The project, whose name is an homage to Cristian’s young daughter Sol, is meant to embody his idea of diffusing light and love through music.
Analog equipment and eclectic influences seamlessly blend with mystic voices and ethnic sources, giving shape to the peculiar sound of the band.
- BAHRAMJI, singer of Iranian Kurdish origin, with a superb, mystical oriental voice, also player of the santoor (Iranian instrument with metal strings struck with hammers), the setâr (Iranian instrument with three strings) and the Ney flute (Persian)
Bahram was born in 1952 in the Kurdish city of Kermanshah in Persia.As a child he heard the ancient Sufi melodies, which are the inspiration for his music today. At the age of 13 he learned to play the Santoor and started to perform at several places in his hometown.
In 1977 he left Persia, studied and travelled in India and later on in Europe. Through playing whirling music for wanderers from different cultures, his style has changed from the traditional approach to his own. He melts old songs into a new form, creating a meditative
sphere, to uplift body and soul. Bahram’s instrument is the Persian Santoor, a traditional string instrument, which is said to create the sound of emptiness. Besides the Santoor, he started to play the Persian Settar and the Ney; a Persian bamboo flute. He also started to sing songs using the words of mystical poets like Rumi.
His first album “Sama” was released in 1997 in Holland. After living and performing in India for a long period, he discovered the island of Ibiza in Spain in 2003. There he met many other musicians, DJ’s and producers who inspired him to change his style.
In 2004 he made the album “Call of the Mystic” together with different musicians in an ethno/ambient style. The past 3 years he has been playing and recording in Ibiza during summer and spending the winters in India, performing, recording and getting inspired by Indian and other musicians.
His music is a special combination between the ancient and traditional, connecting with the modern and technical Most of the lyrics of his songs are based on Rumi’s and other mystical poetry, the tracks carry an urban vibe rooted in meditation.
Fusion is the word to describe this music, but actually a new word needs to be found, because he has taken it to a whole new level. It has the energy to carry a power flow. The length of the songs allows a deep, slow driving bass line to hypnotize you as melodic Santoor and other instruments carry you to other places. Yet this is not meditation music, it has incredible energy. Bahramji and friends have made not only a great listening experience but also have created something magical.