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Bab El West presents “Houdoud”

Bab El West In 2011, the singer-guitarist Habib Farroukh met drummer Marc Dupont and travelling companion, bassist Clement Vallin. Through the wild jam sessions set up in numerous squats and concert across Paris, a strong bond formed between these three musicians from the west, guided by their love for adventure and groove.  At the crossroads where Maghreb folk, soul and Afro music meet, the music of Bab El West ("the West Gate") took shape in 2012. Playing equal parts traditional and modern-day music, the trio coalesces around guitarist Hamza Bencherif, who lends his blues rock touch, and Nidhal Jaoua, a virtuoso on the qanun, the eastern ancestor of the harp.  To wide acclaim from both the press and public for their first album Douar, released in 2017, Bab El West returns to the source: the road. Two years touring and nearly a hundred concerts later, the band recorded Houdoud, an ode to life on the road and all their latest encounters, slated for release on November 29, 2019.   Houdoud "The word frontier is a one-eyed word, humankind sees the world with two eyes". This quote from Eluard serves as inspiration for Bab El West's new album, Houdoud. "Houdoud" means "frontier", where worlds join together, while also marking their limit: joyful and threatening at the same time, complex and dual-fold in nature.  Their first album, Douar, meaning "the village", earned critical acclaim, won the SACEM prize for self-production and laid the foundations for an imaginary village, the cradle of the band and its roots. Houdoud, for its part, is steeped in asphalt, celebration and cross roads. Having ripened while on the road, it bears the imprint of the music scene and their fruitful encounters: with the talented Shiels, former members of the Irish band Sons of the Desert; the ever-present side man Yannick Jory, a Breton saxophonist with gypsy inflections; and Jean-Luc Thomas, an exceptional flautist in the Breton tradition, with African, Arabic and South-American sensibilities.  From stopover to stopover, Celtic influences mingle with the Chaabi and Gnawa sounds of North Africa, from which the band drew when recording Houdoud, the ever-changing frontier. Behind it all, a common heritage: rock, pop and Afro music.  The sound engineer Leo Fourastie set up a mobile studio in a large wooden building on the banks of the Jaudy estuary in the Cotes d'Armor, the band's historic stomping ground. The live recording of all the tracks, from voice to percussion, lends the album its cohesion and unique warmth. Deeply organic and by turns a poetic western, a fable, a quest story, Houdoud leads the living through catchy melodies to the outer reaches of human, animal and plant worlds. 
8 January 2020

Le 23e Festival de l’Imaginaire convoque les esprits !

Sorry, this entry is only available in French. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language.Le 23e Festival de l'Imaginaire se tiendra cette année du 10 octobre au 31 décembre inclus, en partenariat avec Télérama, Mezzo, La Terrasse, Qué Tal París?, Artistik Rezo et L'Étudiant.   Convoquer les esprits L’esprit qui fait vivre le Festival de l’Imaginaire est coriace ! Contre vents et marées il s’entête, depuis plus de 20 ans, à créer les conditions de la découverte et de l’étonnement devant l’inépuisable diversité des formes d’expression à travers le monde. Les esprits qui s’incarnent à travers le festival sont pluriels : esprit des ancêtres, réels ou mythiques, qui habitent le chanteur et poète cap-verdien Mário Lúcio, en ouverture du festival dans un solo inédit en France ; esprit de fête du bal fandango de la région de Sotavento, au Mexique. Esprit du merveilleux qui anime les marionnettes budaixi de Taïwan, de la musique que TM Krishna, figure emblématique de la scène carnatique, ou Fargana Qasimova, ambassadrice virtuose du mugham d’Azerbaïdjan, partagent dans la communion avec leur public. Esprits de la nature invoqués lors du Donghaean byeolsingut, ce rare rituel chamanique pratiqué tous les trois à dix ans par des communautés de pêcheurs de Corée. Poupées-esprits des cultes vaudous ou de fertilité qui prendront possession de l’exposition du Festival…  Esprit des lieux, enfin. Prestigieux, surprenants, intimes, patrimoniaux, ceux qui accueillent le festival sont divers et chacun a son identité propre, créant l’alchimie avec les artistes et le public. Grâce à la diversité de ces partenaires, le festival poursuit sa route à la rencontre des habitants de tous les territoires, urbains et ruraux, à Paris, en Seine-Saint-Denis, à Lyon, en Bretagne… Ce 23e festival recroise le chemin de grands maîtres que la Maison des Cultures du Monde a invités jadis ; il révèle de jeunes disciples auxquels ces derniers ont transmis leur art. La transmission et la relation maître-élève seront d’ailleurs en filigrane du colloque international « Diversité des imaginaires, traditions et arts du spectacle vivant » comme de la Journée du patrimoine culturel immatériel cette année dédiée à la musique. Le festival renforce ainsi ses collaborations avec les jeunes chercheurs et étudiants, pour des moments réflexifs autour des patrimoines vivants, de formation ou d’échanges musicaux avec les artistes, notamment grâce aux liens tissés avec les partenaires de la Communauté d’Universités Paris-Lumières. Je voudrais rendre hommage à tous ces esprits, ancêtres et grands maîtres qui ont fait et font le festival, et leur demander de nous accompagner longtemps encore. Séverine Cachat, directrice de la Maison des Cultures du Monde, Centre français du patrimoine culturel immatériel
2 September 2019

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