THEO BLECKMANN SOLOInédit
VOCALS, MUSICBOXES, TOYS, ELECTRONICS
A solo performance by Theo Bleckmann cannot be compared to any other vocal treatment. Get ready for an initiatory trip; be prepared to hear a song of Guillaume de Machaut sung by a counter-tenor, followed by a Meredith Monk's tune, followed by... This former Sheila Jordan's student, Charles Ives' player, Philip Glass and Anthony Braxton's sideman, uses microphone, electronics and sound toys, whistles charming refrains, carefully shapes his breathings and body moves. Sound sparkles softly build up and give form to an overwhelming musical illumination. Theo Bleckmann may sing what and however he wants, he goes straight to our hearts.
KAMILYA JUBRAN. OUD, VOCALS / SARAH MURCIA. DOUBLE BASS
WERNER HASLER. TRUMPET, ELECTRONICS
Wasl' means, amongst other things, "association" in Arabic. The singer, of Palestinian origin, has been shaking up Arab language and music for twenty years until she met the Swiss trumpet player Werner Hasler, who was developing a distinctive taste for the unchartered sound territories of electronics, and Sarah Murcia, a great lover of the unclassifiable and the unheard. Together they draw from the maqams' well - those Arab-Ottoman-Persian sound scales - or from the poets Hassan Najmi and Salman Masalha who conjure passion and love torments, to invent their incredible "other" music.