Rajna - Biography

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Rajna, the French duo of Jeanne and Fabrice Lefebvre, was born in 1997 influenced by the mysteries of the Orient and a true passion for travelling and collecting instruments from all parts of the World. Their inspiration is found partly in World Music but also in groups from the Eighties, especially Dead Can Dance. Rajna stand somewhere between dream and journey, in an encounter between different cultures and civilizations, different sounds and emotions.

Much of the music created by these two entirely self-taught musicians has emerged precisely from this interest in foreign cultures - through their journeys abroad, and by playing with other people, Rajna established precious cultural exchanges, focusing on music as a universal language.

In their creative process, Rajna use a myriad of ethnic acoustic instruments, looking into Indian, Mid- and Far-Eastern traditions for inspiration. The duo is particularly well known for their use of the Iranian Santoor and Chinese Yang T'Chin, whose peculiar tones are highlighted by Jeanne's unique and enchanting voice. Over the years, she has developed her own language, her own writing and way of singing, which give Rajna its unique charm and character.

The working process for every album is similar to the ''know-how'' of an artisan who oversees and visualizes the entire process of his creation. Throughout their career, Rajna have accomplished 8 albums, and their music has also been used by French TV station France 2 in the episode "A la recherche du tombeau de Jésus", from the Babylone documentary series.

Numerous collaborations have also taken place, bringing them together with artists such as the French singer Brice Amo (Omasphere), the Italian musician Stefano Panunzi, Olaf Parusel, leader of the German band Stoa (especially for the composition of a soundtrack concerning Barbarossa), and Tim Bowness, the British singer of the band No-Man. In 2007, the partnership with Italian musician Francesco Banchini would give birth to the project Khvarena and the album "The Spirit Rises". Most recently, Fabrice has also performed Iranian Santoor in No-Man's latest release, "Schoolyard Ghosts", on the song "True North".

Their last effort is called "Offering" and it was released in 2010 by Equilibrium music. Over the last 12 years, the name Rajna has become a symbol for Ethnic-influenced Ethereal music. It is an emotional vibe, an invitation to travel through space and time, a spiritual and mental journey, a pathway to wisdom.

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