Fresh from his success working with Alexandre Desplat on the Oscar-winning film Argo, the versatile and talented Persian musician Bijan Chemirani joins forces with French guitarist and percussionist Kevin Seddiki, whose diverse projects include collaborations with Al Di Meola, Paolo Pandolfo, Dino Saluzzi and Yasmine Hamdan, for an album of acoustic duets entitled Imaginarium (available December 10, 2013). The album's mesmerizing improvisations transport the listener far from reality and the virtuosic dialogue between Seddiki and Chemirani weaves a colorful musical tapestry that stimulates the imagination.
Boosted by the success of a first album admired by all and a series of concerts which often turned into wonderful dance nights, Debademba is a group formed from the magical encounter of two fellow musicians: the guitarist Abdoulaye Traoré from Burkina Faso, who is a soloist and an inventive beat master, and the Malian singer Mohamed Diaby, a charismatic griot. The kind of music they make is modern and explosive, drawing from afrobeat, highlife and mbalax styles, with hints of Mandinka music mixed in, all combined with strong blues elements and the occasional nod to rock. Their World Village debut, Souleymane, available in December, is a powerful manifesto, an invitation to celebrate, a flow of fiery lava winding its way between urban grooves and afro-pop.view
Terakaft's first major U.S. tour wrapped on November 9 in Taos, NM. The Tuareg desert blues group from Mali received excellent praise throughout the tour. Here are some highlights:
"the sound of Terakaft...feels old and new, peaceful but agitated, joyous and outraged. It is revolution rock"
- Boston Globe
"'I understood at once how far the sound of a guitar could go throughout the desert.'"
- Chicago Tribune
"specializing in Ali Farka Touré-John Lee Hooker-Chuck Berry-inspired hypnotic drone-rock...they're utterly mesmerizing live"
- Philadelphia Inquirer
"Terakaft (Caravan) of Mali are making some of the most exciting music in the world"
- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"The key, and highlight this evening, was the overlapping guitar melodies, already sounding slightly off-kilter for the high, almost "nasally" tones."
- Phoenix New Times
Weather To Fly is The Swingle Singers' first full-length album since 2009 and the first of two discs to be released in the group's fiftieth anniversary year. A punchy, electrifying set that holds all the excitement of a live show, Weather To Fly celebrates the best of the group’s current a cappella repertoire. All-vocal arrangements of songs from Turkey, Spain, Italy and Argentina sit alongside re-imagined British pop from Elbow, Florence and the Machine and The Beatles.
After a successful string of concerts in the U.S., The Swingle Singers perform at The Imperial Theatre in New Brunswick on December 6 and The Theatre Outremont in Montreal on December 7.