Posts Tagged ‘Jean-Pierre Smadja’

Smadj Presents S.O.S. Smadj, Orhan Osman, Savas Zurnaci

Smadj’s roots cross many continents; African Tunisian through his forefathers and French through his childhood, he masters both the oud and computer sound engineering programs. Joining him on this special project is German born, Greek bred, Turkish Orhan Osman with his faithful companion, the Bouzouki, and clarinetist Savas Zurnaci who channels the heavens above with each note he plays. Together these virtuosos discover the mellifluous rhythms and grooves they produce with their spontaneous jamming. Musicians with a flair for the unexpected, a new sound is added into the mix—the electronic fasil—thrusting the musicians into the throes of ecstasy, transporting us to the elusive state of happiness through their art.

Poets and musicians seek happiness to share with their peers. Happiness, that transient state, to tear bits of eternity out of life. The musician, if he’s being honest; is both a poet and a traveler. Man-made laws can’t change anything—poetry knows no boundaries. Turkish music is sought after or shunned by three continents, and it never ceases to accommodate other influences. Yet it never stops being itself. This is what attracts poets to Istanbul; the assurance that they will hear plenty and the promise they’ll sing a tune or two. Like Turkey, Smadj’s roots cross many continents; African Tunisian through his forefathers and French European through his childhood. Smadj forged his education by exploring the musical resources of these two poles. Delving into the rich musical traditions of the Orient by learning to play the Oud, and exploring the modern technological advancements of the West by mastering computer sound engineering programs. Drawn to Istanbul, Smadj soon found two kindred spirits with whom he could make music. German born, Greek bred, Turkish Orhan Osman with his faithful companion, the Bouzouki, and clarinetist Savas Zurnaci who channels the heavens above with each note he plays as he wanders around the world in the footsteps of his gypsy ancestors. Smadj brings these virtuosos together, discovering with their spontaneous jamming the mellifluous rhythms and grooves they produce because of their innate understanding of one another.

The encounter proves to be exceptional, especially because of rich tones provided by talented peers. Together, they invite us to dream, invite us to dance. Musicians with a flair for the unexpected, a new sound is added into the mix—the electronic fasil—thrusting the musicians into the throes of ecstasy, transporting us to the elusive state of happiness through their art. Reminding us that we must never forget that poets are always right.

Musicians:
Smadj:
electronic rythms, electric and acoustic oud
Orhan Osman: bouzuki, “cura”, banjo
Savas Zurnacı: clarinet
Turay Dinleyen: violin (1,8)
Özhan Göğmen & Bülent Çalar: percussions (2,4,9)
Serkan Çalbay: vocal (2)

TrackList:
1 – Hat (06:01)
2 – Asma (05:08)
3 – Davet (05:58)
4 – Bardezum (06:22)
5 – Mes Enfants Cheris (05:40)
6 – Rumba (04:48)
7 – Selin Icin (03:56)
8 – Swing Alla Turca (05:33)
9 – Asya (02:58)
10 – Bir Demet Yasemen – A Bouquet Of Jasmine (06:02)

Duration: 52:26 | Bitrate: 320 kBit/s | Year: 2005 | Size: 109 mb

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DuOud - 2002 - Wild Serenade

DuOud are the latest North African sensation to prove that tradition and technology can mix and match to create a sound full of possibilities.

DuOud consist of two oud-playing Parisians who combine their North African heritage with the latest in Western technology. Jean-Pierre Smadja – already noted for the two albums he issued as Smadj on MELT 2000 – is Tunisian by birth and trained as a jazz musician and sound engineer. Mehdi Haddab was born in Algiers. He spent time in Burundi, Central Africa, before settling in Paris. He was a third of the Parisian based trio Ekova, who specialised in the sort of global-meets- electronic-fusion that thrives in Paris.

Jean-Pierre Smadja Smadj - Mehdi Haddab

‘I’d been playing oud for a long time and had started to experiment with electronics,’ says Mehdi. Smadj was creating electronic music for many years but he only recently started playing the oud. Once we sat down to make music together it turned out we complimented each other.’

‘We began to compose our own material,’ adds Smadj, ‘so we needed rhythms to support our improvisations – that’s when we decided to put electronic beats behind our rehearsals. With time we just got involved in compositions with electronics.’

The oud is one of the most beautiful instruments in the world, lending itself to Turkish, North African and Middle Eastern interpretation. Yet DuOud’s debut album, Wild Serenade (Label Bleu) takes the oud into a different context. With the electronic programming expertise of Smadj and the virtuoso performances of Mehdi Haddab, the oud is immediately brought into the 21st Century.

While DuOud are not the first musicians to mix the North African lute with electronic technology, they do it with an imaginative freedom that sets them apart from their contemporaries. DuOud never engage in the world fusion cliché of playing over a thudding house beat. Instead, they build a musical cycle that looks both to African roots while absorbing elements of contemporary French music – break beats, jazz grooves and metal guitar are all invited to join the party. Wild Serenade is an album of dialogues between two men and two cultures.

bbc.co.uk

Track List:
1 – Yarimo
(02:24)
2 – Racailles (03:34)
3 – Zanzibar (05:58)
4 – Interluth (01:42)
5 – Chase (04:44)
6 – Ne Yalam Soyleyeyim (02:34)
7 – For Nedim (05:18)
8 – Racine d’enneade (03:36)
9 – Berlin Paris (05:07)
10 – Le Retour d’Ulysse (07:35)
11 – Midnight For Dancing With Frien (05:00)

Duration: 47:25 | Bitrate: 192 kBit/s | Year: 2002 | Size: 68 mb

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