A field collection in all Tunisian regions (24 governorates) was carried out during the first two years of the project, led by Mohamed-Ali KAMMOUN and his band. Among the devoted musicians participating in this caravan are Nourhene Haddaoui and Eya Daghnouj (singing), Lotfi Soua (percussion), Ahmed Litaiem (nây), Chadhe Hichri (choir director), and Habib Ben Attia (violin). Twenty-one artistic residencies took place in a total of around one week each, involving more than 300 artists between holders of heritage and young academics. A journey that ends in October 2017 with a Malouf workshop representing the Greater Tunis region (4 governorates), at the Rachidia Institute of Tunisian Music.
Artistic exchanges and multiple sessions of documentation have emerged, complemented by attempts to transcribe and restore ancient sound materials that almost disappeared or unknown: rhythms, modes, and themes of songs, etc. This ethnomusicological work was supported by the “Fonds de Création Littéraire et Artistique du Ministère des Affaires Culturelles de Tunisie”.
Sketches of musical arrangements and compositions were also inspired by the trip, and will later be called “Perfumes”. The musical creations in their turn inspired the graphic designer Raouf Karray to create original drawings and different graphic illustrations.