Imed Alibi – Safar – 10/3/14 – Wayward/IRL

3 Feb

Please get in touch if you could use a copy and haven’t already received one.
Cheers,
Gerry

Imed Alibi

Safar

Released on 10/3/14 via Wayward/IRL079

Imed Alibi’s music is an epic and joyful expression of a soul revolution. Built on the percussive foundations of Alibi’s Berber and Sufi rhythms, virtuoso Tunisian violinist Zied Zouari’s emotive quarter-tone melisma soars over rich orchestrations, heavyweight dub lines, and distorted digital beats. This is the soundtrack for a new Arab vision of the 21st century”. Justin Adams (JuJu, Tinariwen, Robert Plant)

Imed Alibi makes world music. Modern world music. A world of rhythms, beats, melody, ideas, transformation, technology and passion. In a world where everything is fluid, they transcend all notions of time, space and musical genre.

The brainchild of percussion virtuoso, Imed Alibi, former member of The Boukakes, who’s played with everyone from Mamdouh Bahri to Watcha Clan, his is a music built on the percussive foundations of Berber and Sufi rhythms, a violin surfing an orchestral wave, digital beats lapping at its feet, a heavyweight bassline grounding its race to the shore. The violin is Khaled, Emel Mathlouthi and Sultana collaborator, Zied Zouari, from Tunisia; the beats are Zé Luis Nascimento, the Brazilian percussionist of choice to such as Titi Robin and Mayra Andrade; and the bassline is Speed Caravan’s Pascal Teillet. From all corners of the world, this magical project fuses one progressive musical vision.

No strangers to the studio, these four musicians set out on a journey to find, capture and crystalise the music they knew the project had the potential to inspire. But no journey was necessary, as immediately, the music found, captured and crystalised them. With sympathetic and innovative production input from Justin Adams (JuJu, Tinariwen, Robert Plant) and Tim Oliver (The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, New Order, Robert Plant, Sinead O’Connor) and added keyboards and electronic effects from French arranger and composer, Stephane Puech, Imed Alibi is now set to release a groundbreaking debut album on IRL Records.

Safar means trip or journey in Arabic, which is apt. Safar began about 2 years as a percussion project with Zé Luis. Imed and Zé Luis then decided to add more melodic elements, which led naturally to inviting Zied to add his violin and Pascal to underpin the sessions with his bass. Once they were all in the studio they decided to introduce Stephane’s electronic effects. Imed had previously met Justin Adams at various festivals as a member of Robert Plant’s band and knowing that Justin was a fellow musical adventurer invited him to get involved in arrangements and production.

Beautiful, sensual and captivating, this is modern Arabic music of ambition and courage, where culture and geography have merged as one, taking us to the heart of hope and the source of being human, offering an intimate meditation on the meaning of our lives.

IMED ALIBI

Biography

Artistic direction and percussion

Imed Alibi is an exceptional percussionist and musician. He started playing percussion at an early age in classical North African/Middle Eastern orchestras. He moved to Montpellier, France in the early 2000s, where he played in a variety of groups, working in a variety of styles – from flamenco, Eastern, gypsy fusion bringing his musical talent to dance and theatre. For eight years he toured with the Boukakes, an oriental rock band that produced two studio albums. Since then he has played with Rachid Taha, Safy Boutella, Mamdouh Bahri, Ghalia Benali, Mercan Dede, Watcha Clan and Michel Marre and composed music for a documentary for the ARTE channel in 2012. For three years he also recorded and toured with the Tunisian singer-songwriter Emel Mathlouthi.

For more information please contact Gerry Lyseight:
gerry@glpr.co.uk / 07798
533 866 / www.gerrylyseight.co.uk

La Linea 14 – The London Latin Music Festival 2014 – The Latest

27 Jan
  • Dom La Nena added to Ed Motta’s Union Chapel show
  • Brighton show added to Ed Motta tour
  • new date for Grupo Niche show

The London Latin Music Festival 2014
Friday 4 April – Gaby Moreno – Rich Mix
Friday 4 April – LONDON COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR – GOSPEL MEETS LATIN
Featuring Omar Puente and his band
Union ChapelMonday 7 April – Ed Motta + Dom La Nena – Union Chapel (Ed Motta also on La Linea tour, details below)
Tuesday 8 April – Roberto Fonseca + Family Atlantica – Koko
Thursday 10 April – Lokkhi Terra presents CubAfroBeat featuring Dele Sosimi – Rich Mix
Friday 11 April 11 – Marinah (from Ojos de Brujo) - Rich Mix
Friday 2 May – Grupo Niche + DJs Johnny G, Julian Mr M & Fercho KBson - Electric Brixton

*** more shows to be added ***

LA LINEA was created by Como No in 2001 to showcase the Latin contribution to the wider musical world and to celebrate new artists, new collaborations and new projects. It also recognises and responds to London’s growing status as one of the world’s great Latin cities, home to many Latin artists and a hungry and diverse audience. La Linea takes place each year in a range of venues across central London from clubs to concert halls, presenting the widest range of new Latin music.

As ever La Linea touches down throughout the diaspora with participation from Brazil, Spain, Guatemala, Colombia and Cuba – with African roots represented by Nigerian ex-Fela sideman, Dele Sosimi. Never forgetting that it’s a London ting, where diversity is writ large, La Linea 14 welcomes local global bands Lokkhi Terra and Family Atlantica. As for genres featured in La Linea 14, we have Classic Cali salsa from perennial hit makers, Grupo Niche; quirky Brazilian jazz funk from a true master in the substantial form of Ed Motta; the rebooted Flamenco of ex-Ojos de Brujo front woman Marinah, whose new style has more flavours than a freshly made jug of sangria; while Roberto Fonseca stretches out from his Buena Vista Social Club roots into all things jazzy and Afro Cuban; alongside the fresh talent of Latin Grammy best newcomer, Gaby Moreno (currently touring as part of Hugh Laurie’s Copper Bottom Band); new and unique projects like Lokkhi Terra presents CubAfroBeat featuring Dele Sosimi and London Community Gospel Choir’s, Gospel Meets Latin featuring Omar Puente and his band for a different kind of Hot Gospel (Gospel Caliente, perhaps?)

La Linea is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by PRS for Music Foundation.

GABY MORENO
+ support

Friday 4 April
Doors 8pm
Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
Box Office: 020 7613 7498
Tickets: £15 in advance
http://www.richmix.org.uk/

After a whirlwind couple of years Gaby Moreno won the Latin Grammy for best new artist in November 2013. Born and raised in Guatemala, she started listening to blues, r&b and soul at a young age. Singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin inspired her to take on singing herself. She released her debut album Still The Unknown in 2008. Latina Magazine acclaimed her “Best New Latin Artist 2010″. The next year without any push or support from a label, her independently released second album IlIustrated Songs reached #1 in sales on Latin Itunes and Amazon Latin.

In 2012, Gaby Moreno recorded the duet “Fuiste Tu” with her countryman Ricardo Arjona. The song won wide approval with a Latin audience as well as two Latin Grammy nominations for “Song of The Year” and “Recording Of The Year”. Subsequently Gaby released her third album Postales which retains the same swing as her previous records and is sung completely in Spanish.

In 2013, she recorded a duet with Hugh Laurie, for his album Didn’t It Rain, a cover of the popular song “Kiss Of Fire” and Gaby has been touring the world with Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band.

“The Guatemalan songwriter Gaby Moreno plucked ragtimey syncopations on a well-worn acoustic guitar, and let loose a tangy, bluesy voice with the feistiness of Édith Piaf.” - NY Times

“Moreno’s breathtaking voice is passionate and stylistically malleable, as she glides back and forth easily between bossa nova and bluesy rock.”- NPR Tiny Desk

www.gaby-moreno.com

Youtube links:

http://youtu.be/0QZLNgylLCA

La Linea 14 – The London Latin Music Festival April 2014 – FIRST SEVEN SHOWS ANNOUNCED

13 Dec

The London Latin Music Festival April 2014
FIRST SEVEN SHOWS ANNOUNCED 12 December 2013

Friday 4 April – Gaby Moreno – Rich Mix
Friday 4 April – LONDON COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR – GOSPEL MEETS LATIN
Featuring Omar Puente and his band
Union ChapelMonday 7 April – Ed Motta – Union Chapel & Tour
Tuesday 8 April – Roberto Fonseca + Family Atlantica – Koko
Thursday 10 April – Lokkhi Terra presents CubAfroBeat featuring Dele Sosimi – Rich Mix
Friday 11 April 11 – Marinah - Rich Mix
Saturday 12 April – Grupo Niche + DJs Johnny G, Julian Mr M & Fernando KBson – Electric Brixton

*** more shows to be added ***

LA LINEA was created by Como No in 2001 to showcase the Latin contribution to the wider musical world and to celebrate new artists, new collaborations and new projects. It also recognises and responds to London’s growing status as one of the world’s great Latin cities, home to many Latin artists and a hungry and diverse audience. La Linea takes place each April in a range of venues across central London from clubs to concert halls, presenting the widest range of new Latin music.

As ever La Linea touches down throughout the diaspora with participation from Brazil, Spain, Guatemala, Colombia and Cuba – with African roots represented by Nigerian ex-Fela sideman, Dele Sosimi. Never forgetting that it’s a London ting, where diversity is writ large, La Linea 14 welcomes local global bands Lokkhi Terra and Family Atlantica. As for genres featured in La Linea 14, we have Classic Cali salsa from perennial hit makers, Grupo Niche; quirky Brazilian jazz funk from a true master in the substantial form of Ed Motta; the rebooted Flamenco of ex-Ojos de Brujo front woman Marinah, whose new style has more flavours than a freshly made jug of sangria; while Roberto Fonseca stretches out from his Buena Vista Social Club roots into all things jazzy and Afro Cuban; alongside the fresh talent of Latin Grammy best newcomer, Gaby Moreno (currently touring as part of Hugh Laurie’s Copper Bottom Band); new and unique projects like Lokkhi Terra presents CubAfroBeat featuring Dele Sosimi and London Community Gospel Choir’s, Gospel Meets Latin featuring Omar Puente and his band for a different kind of Hot Gospel (Gospel Caliente, perhaps?)

La Linea is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by PRS for Music Foundation.

GABY MORENO
+ support

Friday 4 April
Doors 8pm
Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
Box Office: 020 7613 7498
Tickets: £15 in advance
http://www.richmix.org.uk/

After a whirlwind couple of years Gaby Moreno won the Latin Grammy for best new artist in November 2013. Born and raised in Guatemala, she started listening to blues, r&b and soul at a young age. Singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin inspired her to take on singing herself. She released her debut album Still The Unknown in 2008. Latina Magazine acclaimed her "Best New Latin Artist 2010". The next year without any push or support from a label, her independently released second album IlIustrated Songs reached #1 in sales on Latin Itunes and Amazon Latin.

In 2012, Gaby Moreno recorded the duet “Fuiste Tu” with her countryman Ricardo Arjona. The song won wide approval with a Latin audience as well as two Latin Grammy nominations for “Song of The Year” and “Recording Of The Year”. Subsequently Gaby released her third album Postales which retains the same swing as her previous records and is sung completely in Spanish.

In 2013, she recorded a duet with Hugh Laurie, for his album Didn’t It Rain, a cover of the popular song "Kiss Of Fire” and Gaby has been touring the world with Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band.

“The Guatemalan songwriter Gaby Moreno plucked ragtimey syncopations on a well-worn acoustic guitar, and let loose a tangy, bluesy voice with the feistiness of Édith Piaf.” - NY Times

“Moreno’s breathtaking voice is passionate and stylistically malleable, as she glides back and forth easily between bossa nova and bluesy rock.”- NPR Tiny Desk

http://www.gaby-moreno.com

Youtube links:

http://youtu.be/0QZLNgylLCA

ARCHIE SHEPP ATTICA BLUES ORCHESTRA – LIVE – I Hear The Sound – released 25/11/13 + in concert 24/11/13

21 Oct

If you haven’t already received a copy and could put one to good use please get in touch.
Archie Shepp available for interview. Please see contact details below.
G

I Hear The Sound

ARCHIE SHEPP ATTICA BLUES ORCHESTRA – LIVE -
Released – November 25 2013
on Archieball (independent label created by Archie Shepp in 2004),
distributed by Harmonia Mundi.

CD launch concert on November 24 at the EFG London Jazz Festival.
Barbican Hall

Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS
19.30
Tickets: £20 – £35 from 020 7638 8891 / barbican.org.uk

On September 9, 1971, a riot broke out in Attica Prison, New York State, and quickly spread. For five days, about a thousand prisoners controlled one of four yards encircled by the prison buildings, where they held thirty-three hostages, guards and civilian employees. On September 13, New York State Governor Nelson Rockefeller ordered the prison to be retaken by force. Thirty-nine people were left dead: twenty-nine prisoners and ten hostages were all killed by the troopers’ bullets. At first, the administration tried to blame the guards’ deaths on the rioters, before being forced to admit culpability.

In January 1972, Archie Shepp recorded the album Attica Blues in tribute to this rebellion.

After the original and the repeat performances in 1979 of his Attica Blues Orchestra at the Palais des Glaces, in 2012 Archie Shepp revived the fantastic ensemble, together with a brilliant and dynamic collective of performers. It is an orchestra that transcends styles and epochs. The band is international in scope, combining the extraordinary abilities of great American artists such as: Amina Claudine Myers, Jimmy Owens, Famoudou Don Moye, Ambrose Akinmusire, Reggie Washington, Tom McClung with an array of some of the brightest stars on the European horizon: Stéphane Belmondo, François Théberge, Christophe Leloil, Izidor Leitinger, Raphaël Imbert, Cécile McLorin-Salvant, a Franco-American vocalist currently studying music at the New School in New York. She also studied in the jazz class of the Aix-en-Provence conservatory and is winner of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Competition. Finally the remarkable and talented soprano, Marion Rampal of Marseille, France, who has performed extensively in Europe and recently in the U.S. The String Quartet from Dijon is a specially added feature which adds both colour and intensity to this joyful sound; a 26-piece orchestra which emits a unique generational and cultural ambiance.

Above all there is the cry of the blues which has lost nothing of its purpose and intensity in 2013. The blues is analogous to the album’s title, a beacon, and a metaphor, not the blues as a set style or particular aesthetic, but as a collective state of mind, a link that unites all the musicians. For example: Blues for Brother George Jackson seems to recall a devastating, dance groove, but Shepp insists that the music has both a social and aesthetic meaning. Written to preserve the memory of the Attica rebellion, it still strikes a strong chord in contemporary ears. 2013 is the year of Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, of Barack Obama’s second term, the old anxieties that we thought to be buried, and the inexhaustible reflexes of exclusion, suspicion, racism, and ostracism are still present, and grow more and more embedded in our daily lives. We experience Attica Blues as if it had been written today. There is a certain tristesse which continues to gnaw at us, a sense of shared suffering that will long remain in our collective memory.

For more information please contact gerry lyseight:
gerry@glpr.co.uk / www.gerrylyseight.co.uk / 020 7095 8146

The album was recorded on Sept 9 2012 at the Jazz à La Villette Festival, June 14 2013 at CNCDC de Châteauvallon and on June17 2013 at Les Nuits de Fourvière Festival

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