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David Aubaile and Julien Tekeyan present « HiMA »

David Aubaile and Julien Tekeyan will unveil their new album « HiMA » on its digital release April 15, 2022 and physical release on May 20, 2022 on Profile-on-air / UVM Distribution / Idol. This new work will be presented live on stage on Wednesday April 13, 2022 at Le Hasard Ludique (Paris). HiMA is music with "organic" entirely live looping between two instruments, between two accomplices, in this case David Aubaile, a magnificent virtuoso of the piano and the flute (here on the piano / keyboards / FX) and Julien Tekeyan (on the drums / percussions / looping). I would be happy to send you a copy of the album and any other additional information (visuals, press kit) for announcements and/or interviews. HiMA is their escape, a method of expression and improvising together, of attaching themselves to the sole constraint of being curious and improvising as known people on unknown paths. They start from a word to make a sentence, from a sound to compose a piece, from one rhythm to build more; they distort, loop and loop again, like a living exploration of sound. So much so that HiMA is rooted here to overflow there, and that jazz improvisation meets energy that is sometimes electro, sometimes contemporary or even pop. Naming their duo HiMA, from the Armenian "now", David Aubaile and Julien Tekeyan perform with musical expression and the vitality, risk and commitment of necessary in improvisation. HiMA brings to life the concept of immediacy within improvised instrumental music. The idea of this duo is a musical expression with a very open approach. Where improvisation and virtuosity are often synonymous with jazz, David and Julien wish to share their music in a universal way. One of their Tracks, for example, is called 'the Avengers', a reference to Sydney Newman and Leonard White’s TV Serie 'The Avengers' (« Chapeau Melon et bottes de cuir » in French). Unlike projects that present pre-produced elements on stage, HiMA is a real-time creative experience that becomes a show in and of itself. It is a joyful and trusting experience for an audience tired of inert performances and ready to receive the emotional exposure of the two musicians.A declaration of love of freedom, space, plasticity and pleasure, a true musical epicureanism, HiMA can also mix its keyboards, percussions and loops with other disciplines, and shape a common scenic gesture with dance, image morphing, painting, sculpture or poetry.The guest artists on the album (Sandra Nkake, Yan Péchin, Kaabi Kouyate) also committed themselves to the art of creative, constructive improvisation of coherent and conceptual tracks.
14 February 2022

Dettmar Quartet presents « Escales »

Dettmar Quartet will unveil their new album « Escales » on its release May 6, 2022 on Musique et Équilibre / InOuïe Distribution. This new work will be presented live on stage on Thursday May 3, 2022 at Le Studio de L’Ermitage (Paris). In this new adventure, Guillaume Dettmar's music is influenced by the aesthetics of Avishai Cohen, Ibrahim Maalouf, Dhafer Youssef, Anouar Brahem and even Orner Klein and Chai Maestro, among others. It is dynamic instrumental music with harmonies enriched by jazz, drifting through improvised music and dreamlike vocals, one that encourages travel and uses different Mediterranean languages (Arabic and Hebrew). "Escales is a creative project, a journey through the different influences that have shaped me since I started dedicating myself to music. Viscerally, I carve out a part of Mediterranean culture associated with my work as a classical and contemporary musician and fill it with an overture to jazz and improvised music.” Guillaume Dettmar Having formed bands with klezmer and Mediterranean influences (Manguina, Paris Klezmer Band, United Colors of Méditerranée), Guillaume Dettmar has incorporated jazz into his compositions for this new quartet. The "Escales" project has grown out of the composer and violinist playing together in rhythmic improvisations and melodies. They are accompanied by three artists from the world of jazz and improvised music: Alexandre Jouravsky on piano, François Laizeau on drums and Bernard Cochin on double bass. Guillaume creates original compositions halfway between Mediterranean music (Spain, Maghreb, Greece, Middle East) and jazz. He has integrated two types of song into his repertoire - a medieval one (in the Muwashshah tradition), which dates back to between the 8th and 13th century, in Arabic: “Lamma bada yatathana” and to continue in this Muwashshah tradition, he has added a self composed song in Hebrew: “Hasahmaïm bakhou bishvili” featuring the same themes, also in this tradition of poetry. The techniques employed on the "Escales" project are based on series, rhythms, suites and ornamentation. Also inspired by Middle Eastern maqām (quarter tone mode), this music is based on poly-rhythms, irregularly composed measures. Beyond the groove, influenced by the music of North Africa (Algerian Chaabi) and the Middle East, the style of play uses opposition, confrontation, overlapping and contrasts. Improvisation lies at the core of these musical pieces. Structured around a highly crafted, chamber music style of songwriting and backed up by a singular beat, the themes let themselves drift along more or less slowly in the ever-evolving improvisation or simply in the interaction between the musicians, and then circles back to a theme or an expansion on the theme. "Escales" combines music that speaks to the body (dance, song, celebration) and music that encourages travel (melancholy, nostalgia, appeasement). In this new adventure, Guillaume Dettmar's music is influenced by the aesthetics of Avishai Cohen, Ibrahim Maalouf, Dhafer Youssef, Anouar Brahem and even Orner Klein and Chai Maestro, among others. It is dynamic instrumental music with harmonies enriched by jazz, drifting through improvised music and dreamlike vocals, one that encourages travel and uses different Mediterranean languages (Arabic and Hebrew).
14 February 2022

Marcela presents « O’Roma »

Marcela will unveil her new album « O’Roma » on his release April 1, 2022 on Jamalafak / Music Box Publishing / Socadisc. This new work will be presented live on stage on Thursday April 7, 2022 at Studio de L’Ermitage (Paris). Woman, artist, mother and « pack » leader. As a Slovak mad against her country, fighting traditions and bored, she left it. As a trapped black Gypsy, she decided to believe that elsewhere will be freedom. Marcela kept on composing from this new « home » that France became. The place where she finds her true self is on stage. Marcela expresses there her own History: the expression of an anger from time to time, the story of an orphan, a girl who decided to forgive her mom when she sings to her own kids this lullaby: Ando Suno. Her « pack » is formed by Benny her guitar player, by Charles her soulmate composer, by Loran the experienced violinist and by Yoann the fearless double bassist. Marcela, happier than ever, shout her love on stage. Down with traditions and her own contradictions, free to make her very own choices, she carries inside her the insolence of those who knew pain, publicly fighting to transmit her will, strength and freedom values making the note resonate and crying without shame. More intimate, this album dives deep into the band’s musical identity and brings to light Marcela’s very own universe: her rich soundscapes and History, between joy and pain, anger and traditions. Mixing original compositions, traditional songs and both Romany and French lyrics, this album is an invitation to follow this journey all together. The journey of self-discovering as well as discovering others and the world enlighten by an audacious and festive orchestration. This album is the perfect occasion for Marcela to invite several musicians such as Nedjim Bouizzoul, leader of Labess, with whom she co-wrote the song « Yallah Mon Frère » mixing Kabyle and Gypsy cultures. In - O’ROMA - there are also Emilio Castiello from Aalma Dili at Mandolin, Thibault Duquesnay and Mihai Pirvan at Saxophone and Percussions from Ersoy Kazimov, Marwan Slimani or Bilal Chenni.
11 February 2022

David Krakauer presents « Mazel Tov Cocktail Party »

Label Bleu and Table Pounding Records is thrilled to announce the release of clarinetist, composer and bandleader David Krakauer’s first album under his own name in eight years: Mazel Tov Cocktail Party. Always searching to expand his aesthetic boundaries and find new sounds, Krakauer has teamed up with producer Kathleen Tagg to create a cathartic expression of joy and affirmation. In response to rising bigotry and intolerance world-wide, Krakauer and Tagg have assembled a crew of artists from a wide variety of genres and cultural backgrounds to convey a counter-message of positivity that celebrates our shared humanity. The album will be released on Feb 25th, 2022 on streaming platforms as well as in CD and vinyl formats. The album and touring project Mazel Tov Cocktail Party were conceived and created by Krakauer and producer Kathleen Tagg as a “good vibes explosion” in response to the current climate of incredible polarization and negativity that pervades our daily lives. Along with Krakauer and Tagg, the album showcases a brand new line-up consisting of an incredibly high-octane group of world class musicians: Clarinet wizard Krakauer is the Godfather to Tagg’s quirky keys and production, Iranian dynamo and multi-talent Martin Shamanpoor’s drumming, jazz guru Jerome Harris’ virtuosic bass, sultry soul singer/rapper Sarah MK’s voice and words & oud/guitar-meister Yoshie Fruchter’s lines. Together this group brings their enormous musical and cultural diversity to the project, and collaborate to create both original material as well as unique re-imaginings of material from around the world. The album takes traditional, old dance forms and completely recasts them to bring an overt message of tolerance and inclusion. Polka, Square Dance and the Hora never sounded this way before, with electro beats, acoustic middle Eastern hand drums, deep grooves and lyrics that call for space for all. Krakauer’s wailing clarinet cries out for us to join together, celebrate and feel the power in our aliveness. A Square Dance? Polka? Hornpipe, Hora and Calypso? Urban beats mixing with acoustic instruments and thought provoking rap? What is this music? In the heavily polarized months of 2020, Krakauer and Tagg began to deeply reflect on what we all share as humans as a counter to the constant barrage of stories of how different we are. It disturbed them profoundly that the conversation is so divided, blind bigotry is rampant and tensions between different groups of people are at an all-time high: Urban vs rural. Red vs blue. Conservative vs liberal etc. What’s the common place where we have the potential to come together as humans and don’t need to know the beliefs of the person next to us to have a good time? It’s with music and dance. So Krakauer and Tagg went to the old dance forms. The ones designed for communities to come together and move. Dances that are instantly recognizable. And from there they dove into the realities of our America with all its amazing diversity and added those sounds in: eg. a Square Dance with words partly in Quebecois French, drumming on an Iranian daf and a beat by Moroccan-born, NYC-based beat maker. Music with the form and pulse of a traditional Square Dance but the beat of a Brooklyn nightclub. A musical meeting place where each member showed up as they were with their entire history and skill sets, to create a new sound where the individual strands create the whole. It’s a Mazel Tov Cocktail Party and everyone’s invited!! In these uncertain times, it’s a chance for performers and audience alike to come together, celebrate all that we have in common and throw a metaphorical “Mazel Tov Cocktail” up in the air to light up the world! For the past 25 years, David Krakauer has spearheaded projects that bring together multicultural strands in unexpected ways. He is considered one of the leading forces in terms of redefining and re-imagining the music of his Eastern European Jewish cultural heritage. In 2008 he founded Table Pounding Records as a hub for genre-crossing projects. Then in 2015 Kathleen Tagg joined Krakauer to create the production and creation wing of Table Pounding Records: Table Pounding Music. Mazel Tov Cocktail Party features: David Krakauer, Clarinet and Vocals Kathleen Tagg, Keyboards, Cello, Accordion, Electronics/Samples Sarah MK, MC, Vocals and Rap Vox Martin Shamoonpour, Daf (Iranian Frame drum), jaw harp and mouth percussion Yoshie Fruchter, Electric Guitar, Oud and Mandolin Jerome Harris, Bass and Vocals Also featured are electronic tracks from acclaimed beat makers Bergsonist (Morocco/NYC), Socalled (Montreal Canada), Jeremy Flower (aka Keepalive) (Boston) and Kathleen Tagg (South Africa/NYC).
26 January 2022

Aguamadera presents « Las historias que han dejado »

The duo was formed in 2015 when Marco Grancelli and María Cabral met in Buenos Aires, in the choir Cuerdo Vocales. Soon after, they realized that they both shared the same passion for South American folklore and started to perform together on Buenos Aires stages. In 2017, they recorded their first album, Colocho, and went on a tour around Europe afterward. They threw more than 50 concerts in various countries like Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, and Switzerland. Since they had such an enriching experience with the tour, they decided to settle in southwest France, where they not only felt warmly welcomed but also found a great place to take appreciation of the stimulating cultural European’s scenario. In 2018, they recorded their second album called La campana, which mainly focuses on them as a vocal duo, with guitar, cuatro, and Venezuelan maracas. Also, within the same year, they performed at multiple renowned festivals, such as Río Loco (Toulouse), Les Méridiennes (Tours), Les Suds (Arles), Borgo Sonoro (Italy), and Szolnay (Hungary), and participated in radio broadcasts like Ocora Couleurs du Monde (France Musique). Furthermore, Aguamadera is also keen on collaborating with fellow artists, and one of them is “Las Hermanas Caronni”. Together, they have recorded a co-written composition and shared stages multiple times. In this opportunity, with their new album Las historias que han dejado (the stories they left behind), the duo features compositions inspired by multiple genres, such as the Argentine chacarera, zamba or huayno, Venezuelan joropo, merengue, gaita zuliana, and Peruvian waltz, with the incorporation of the bass and percussion. The album was recorded in Buenos Aires under the artistic direction of Elizabeth Morris (two-times winner of the International Festival of Viña del Mar), and the collaboration of great South-American artists like the singers Raly Barrionuevo and Marta Gómez. Moreover, in their upcoming concerts, Aguamadera will be playing as a quartet, thanks to the participation of Julien Rieu de Pey on electric bass, and Vanesa Garcia on percussion. Las historias que han dejado will be available on digital platforms on January 7th, 2022. Whereas, its physical format will be released on January 21st, with the distribution of Quart de Lune/ UVM Distribution. Additionally, the duo will be hosted at The Parisian festival AU FIL DES VOIX at Paris Music Factory on February 16th, 2022.
2 December 2021

Black Flower presents “Magma”

Five-piece hybrid jazz outfit Black Flower are set to release new album ‘Magma’ on the 28th January 2022 via the groove-obsessed Belgian label, Sdban Ultra. Piloted by Brussels-based saxophonist/flutist/composer Nathan Daems (Echoes of Zoo, Dijf Sanders), the quintet is a vibrant, hypnotic mix of Ethio jazz, afrobeat, psychedelia and oriental influences, inspired by Mulatu Astatke, Fela Kuti and varied western musical traditions. Black Flower is a band at the peak of their creative powers. Having received glowing praise for the 2019 album ‘Future Flora’ from Mojo, Songlines, BBC Radio 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio 3’s Music Planet, Worldwide FM and Jazz FM among others, forthcoming album ‘Magma’ sees Black Flower embrace new synth and organ sounds from the band’s most recent recruit, Karel Cuelenaere. His influence can be heard from the outset – his keys adding a swirling, mischievousness to album opener and title track ‘Magma’. Elsewhere, the shuffling drum patterns and flighty, flute-propelled ‘O Fogo’ are rich in texture and flow. Driving rhythms and Eastern influenced melodies serve as a rich source of pleasure that, like magma, become real and solid when finding its way to the surface. It’s the perfect metaphor for this album’s creational process. The pulsating, trance-inducing ‘Deep Dive Down’ continues the joyous process while singer-songwriter Meskerem Mees (winner of The Montreux Jazz Talent Award 2021) adds, her clear-as-spring-water vocals to the celestial ‘Morning in the Jungle’. With the much-trusted Frederik Segers on production and London-based visual virtuoso Raimund Wong (Total Refreshment Centre) on artwork duties, it all adds up to the psychedelic and exploratory identity of the band and are key elements that helped ‘Magma’ in its ascension from deep down up to the surface. A creative process solidified into vinyl, just as magma into rock. Fellow musicians and spiritual henchmen are Jon Birdsong (dEUS, Beck, Calexico) on cornet, Simon Segers (Absynthe Minded, De Beren Gieren, MDCIII) at the drums, Filip Vandebril (Lady Linn, The Valerie Solanas) at the bass and Karel Cuelenaere (John Ghost) on keys.
29 November 2021

Diana H.P. présente « Fazer e cantar »

Diana H.P. will unveil her new album « Fazer e cantar » on her release December 3, 2021 on Z Production / Inouïe Distribution. This new work will be presented live on stage on Tuesday February 1, 2022 at Hasard Ludique (Paris). The third album from Brazilian singer- songwriter Diana H.P., Fazer e Cantar, draws on the progressive energy of music from the 1960's to 1980's to give us a look into a groovy, sensual and spiritual musical future. JazzBastards, her brilliant accompanying musicians and producers, are the ideal band for this retro-futuristic exploration.  Diana H.P. is the heir to the revolution that took place in the early 1970s in Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais, a state in southeastern Brazil. It took its code name Clube da Esquina, (the Corner Club) from the title of the song and history-making album by Milton Nascimento and the creative exchange that flowed throughout the group of enlightened artists around him. The musicians and poets who made up the Clube da Esquina fused their virtuosity by drawing inspiration from the dauntless genius of jazz reformers, psychedelic rock and the Beatles' White Album, as well as from regional and national musical traditions. It is an album that resonated among great international musicians such as Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Earth Wind & Fire and opened up a window into a future of boldness and freedom in Brazil while the country was mired in the shackles of the military dictatorship. With Fazer e Cantar, Diana has found her place and she avows it. Taking the moniker Diana H.P., she is an amplified version of herself, true to the values of her past yet ready to take on the challenges of the present in order to build a healthier and happier future. Just like the Clube da Esquina artists in their time, Diana H.P. relies on her imagination to overcome the dangers of her times. Doing and Singing, because if you stop dreaming, life gets stripped down, and Diana H.P. tirelessly sings and will make you sing.
19 November 2021

Kyriakos Kalaitzidis and l’Ensemble en Chordais at La Philarmonie de Paris

Kyriakos Kalaitzidis and his ensemble En Chordais will unveil their album « Exil - Exile » live on stage at La Philarmonie de Paris (Grande Salle Pierre Boulez) on December 11, 2021.  « Exil - Exile » was released in France by Buda Musique / Socadisc on April 19, 2019. Kyriakos Kalaitzidis, composer, ud master, artistic director of En Chordais and one of the most important musicians and scholars in the field of Mediterranean music, was born into a family of exiles. His life experience and his musical research led him to deal with the theme of exile. His music for the homonymous project is an attractive blending of east and west, with a very special musicality as a common denominator. Using a wide range of instruments he has achieved a musical result with a very rich timbre, both sensitive and intelligent. The melodies that make up Exile, deeply rooted in the eastern Mediterranean, nonetheless achieve a form of universality and will certainly touch sensitive listeners around the world. Just as the theme of exile, so painfully lived today on the shores of Asia Minor and Greece cannot but move us because it carries within it an eternal human tragedy. “For those who have lived or are living as exiles in a foreign place, or in their own place, on account of an idea, a belief, or just to earn their daily bread. Exile is the road of return to that home that is more our own; into arms that are more our own.”  Exile is a concert full of the emotions of separation, love, anticipation and hope, transporting the listener to their own personal exile. Music ensemble “En Chordais” “En Chordais” is one of the most internationally acclaimed and exceptional music ensembles specializing in the Greek-Byzantine music and in the traditions of the Mediterranean. Its presence on stage is always accompanied with a wide and unique repertoire mixed with compositions both from the past and the contemporary time maintaining the originality and the timeless of the old as well as the intimacy of the today’s trends. Εn Chordais concerts and discography, have been largely publicized, with enthusiastic reviews to musical magazines, on line articles, presentations, references, interviews, TV and Radio emissions (BBC, Arte, TV 5, Radio CANADA, Liberation, Radio FRANCE, Turkish Radio Television, ABC Radio National Australia, etc).
29 October 2021

“Lamenta”, Xanthoula Dakovanou’s new album

Xanthoula Dakovanou will unveil her new album "Lamenta" on its release November 26, 2021 on Quart de Lune / UVM Distribution. Under the musical artistic direction of the greek singer Xanthoula Dakovanou, principal voice of Lamenta, the creation of this album is inspired from the musical traditions of Epirus, Greece fusioned with post-rock and world jazz elements. Staged by the belgian choreographers of international reputation Koen Augustijnen and Rosalba Torres Guerrero (Siamese Cie), Lamenta is presented at 'La Villette' in Paris (La Nef) the 13th and 14th of December 2021, after having been acclaimed by the press during the Avignon Festival 2021. The music is particularly inspired from the 'Miroloï' traditions of Epirus – songs of lament related to the loss of a beloved. The album starts from the Miroloï in its original form and glides towards more contemporary musical forms, influenced by post-rock and jazz. Sixteen renowned musicians have collaborated for this project, including special guests as the famous french jazzman Magic Malik but also Nikos Filippidis, one of the most acknowledged clarinet players in Greece nowadays. Musicians from the greek traditional scene (Kostas Filippidis-lute, Lefkothea Filippidi-voice, Avgerini Gatsi- voice, Dimitris Brendas-clarinet, Ourania Lampropoulou-santouri, Alexandros Rizopoulos-voice and percussion, Dimitris Katsoulis-violin, Stefanos Filos-violin, Thanassis Tzinas-voice) as well as musicians from the world jazz greek scene : Kleon Andoniou (electric guitar, voice), Antonis Maratos (bass), Panagiotis Katsikiotis 'Tsiko' (drums), Stefanos Filos (violin) and Solis Barkis (percussion) have recorded with Xanthoula Dakovanou for this album. The result is unique : meditative , lamentative and extatic. A spiritual connection between this world and the other side.
20 October 2021