To celebrate Ramadan, break the fast to the sound of Kamel el Harrachi’s Algerian Chaabi
Saturday 27th September 2008 at 6pm
Chaabi was born in the maze of streets within the Algiers Casbah during the French colonisation. An art that developed on the streets, in the suburbs and during everyday life, it is inspired by the oral poetry of the qasidas and by other epic poetry of the Bedouins. Even though it is festive and joyful, this "Algerian Blues" tells of both the past and the present. Kamel El Harrachi, a mandolin player, is the son of the great Abderrahmane Amrani, known as "El Harrachi", whose memory he keeps alive. He is the author of Ya Rayah, adapted by Rachid Taha.
Carte blanche for Toninho Ramos – Brazil
Saturday 11th October 2008 from 4pm to 7pm
Toninho Ramos, a guitarist and composer from Sao Paulo, is at the heart of the development of Brazilian music and its extraordinary rhythmic and choreographic creativity. Samba, bossa-nova, baiao from the north east, choro and jequibau are some of the styles which will be explored during this journey to the heart of the history of popular Brazilian music. He will be accompanied by the singer Luma and the percussionist Edmundo Carneiro.
Phillip Peris Trio
Didgeridoo, Guimbarde, harmonic singing, tabla
Saturday 15th November 2008
By virtue of its great simplicity (a simple wooden or bamboo tube) and its mythological roots which make it a "primordial" instrument, the didgeridoo is fast becoming a universal musical instrument. Phillip Peris has revolutionised how it is perceived, using his impressive circular breathing technique and his in-depth knowledge of the different Aboriginal styles. With the Japanese musicians Hideaki Tsuji and Kengo Saito, Phillip Peris takes us into the future of traditional music.
A didgeridoo master class lead by Phillip Peris will be held on 14th, 15th and 16th November 2008.
Evocation of the Silk Road, from Iran to Uzbekistan
Saturday 10th January 2009 from 4pm to 9pm
Young virtuosos play in the prestigious tradition of the shash-maqâm (literally "six modes"), which developed from the 18th century in the large cities of Central Asia. This refined art, influenced by Islam, has its roots in Samarkand and Boukhara on the cosmopolitan Silk Road where Tajiks, Uzbeks and Jews lived side by side. It is intertwined with the Arab-Persian musical heritage from the East stretching from the Maghreb to Indian Kashmir.
Wang Li, Guimbardes and flutes - China
Saturday 7th February 2009 at 6pm
Wang Li was born in Shandong, in north east China. An only son of strict parents who were in the military, he moved to Paris and after several months of wandering found there his true path and poetic personality. In his music, East and West confront each other on the theme of childhood memories. Baroque, colourful images arise during the musical performance by a multitude of guimbardes and flutes. It is an intimate journey where old nursery rhymes and their simple heart-beat rhythms are in harmony with the artist’s present.
A guimbarde master class lead by Wang Li will be held on 6th, 7th and 8th February 2009.
Boi Akih Trio Monica Akihary, singer - Niels Brouwer, guitar – Sandip Bhattacharya, tablas
Saturday 14th March 2009 at 6pm
Monica Akihary, a singer with Indonesian origins, works in a trio with the Dutch guitarist and composer Niels Brouwer, and with the Indian master Sandip Bhattacharya on the tablas. Although Boi Akih’s music subtly reminds us of the Indonesian roots of the singer, it is also through the lyrics that Monica Akihary pays homage to her culture. Blending and bonding the Indonesian, Indian and European cultures on the one hand, and jazz on the other, the Boi Akih Trio (“Princess Akih”) has a unique sound, with warm, radiant and colourful ethnic-jazz singing.
Percussions from the East and the West
Adel Shams el-Din, Carlo Rizzo, Paul Mindy
Saturday 18th April 2009 at 6pm
Rhythm is at the heart of life: biological rhythms, the heart beat, the rhythm of nature and even of a poem. Musical rhythm is, however, different. It has several components: length (tempo and time), intensity (variations in volume), tone (the colour of the sound) and the pitch (concord of the drum skin). Adel Shams El Din, an Egyptian musician living in Paris, has mastered the art of rhythm and percussion, notably the riqq (drum made of a single fish skin membrane on a frame with ten pairs of small cymbals). Accompanied by other percussionists, such as Carlo Rizzo, he takes us into the complex rhythms of the East.
Nawal – The Comoro Islands
Saturday 23rd May 2009 at 6pm
Nawal, who is originally from the Comoros Islands, is an echo of this Indian Ocean archipelago which, lying between Africa and the East, with animist and Muslim traditions, possesses a uniquely inventive popular art form. Between the traditional and the contemporary, Nawal’s music, which is resolutely acoustic, weaves a harmonious fabric from the Indian, Arabic and Persian cultures, from the Bantu polyphonic songs to the Sufi songs and the syncopated rhythms. Influenced by the dhikr (Sufi mosque ritual), the tarab music and her uncle’s afro-pop band from the 1970s, Nawal mainly sings in Comorian, but also in Arabic, French and English.
The Kora with Ablaye Cissoko – Senegal
Saturday 6th June 2009 from 4pm to 7pm
This magnificent 21 stringed harp-lute from the Sahel in Africa transports us to the Africa of the griots of Guinea, Gambia, Mali and Senegal.
The objects which are fixed to the end of the kora’s neck, where the strings are attached, add to its magical sound. It is the instrument of poets.