Music / Balkans
Many musicians would be delighted to have accomplished just a small part of what Goran Bregovic has achieved in the course of his dazzling career as classical composer, traditional musician and rock star. Today, he comes back with a new album “Champagne for Gypsies”. This album is in reaction to the extreme pressure that Gypsies (Roma) have been experiencing lately across Europe. (…) Gypsies are not a problem of this world; they have always been one of the talents of this world. Here, he pays a toast to the people whom have inspired him all his life.More infos
Music - Canada / USA / Iran
World music for the XXIe Century
A journey to the heart of the unmistakable voice of Azam Ali and the refined acoustic/electronic instrumentation of Loga Ramin Torkian.
NIYAZ defines the best in contemporary world music by effortlessly marrying rich Sufi mystical poetry and folk songs from the Middle East, masterful acoustic intrumentation, with modern electronics.
Based in Montreal, NIYAZ is considered by critics to be one of the most groundbreaking groups of its time. Since the release of their debut successful album in 2005, Niyaz have performed in many prominent festivals and concerts around the world. As individual artists as well as collectively they have also contributed to some of the biggest soundtracks of major Hollywood films.
Their latest album entitled Sumud - released in September 2012 - further defines the sound that the group have received acclaim for. Sumud, an Arabic word which means “steadfastness”, offers a philosophical quest into the human depths, a message of hope against the injustice and oppression of ethnic and religious minority groups, a universal tribute to beauty, cultural and spiritual diversity, freedom and dignity for all.
With the support of the Canadian art council.More infos
Music - Portugal
The new voice of Fado!
António Zambujo is revolutionizing Fado with amazing finesse. With a rustling clarinet and cavaquinho here and there, his velvety voice sparkles across the sensual music on this new album dominated by the guitar and led by the contrabass of Ricardo Cruz, Zambujo’s faithful producer. His last album Quinto reflects cozy light and cool jazz mixed with soft Bossa. More than ever considered the guarantor of a tradition and an innovative pioneer, Zambujo is as much an heir to Amália Rodrigues as he is to Chet Baker and João Gilberto. For the great public of his growing number of fans…Quinto after 70 weeks in the Top 10, is no #1 in Portugal and Platinium Album.More infos
"You want the next big star of Maloya ? Here she is "
Jane Cornwell/Songlines 07/13
Accompanied on her favourite instrument, the kayanm, Christine’s potent and indefatigable contralto voice seems to float as she sings mixing with subtlety music from the Indian Ocean with African rhythms with lyrics that she writes herself. Christine Salem is one of the rare feminine voices of maloya with such a strong and charismatic personality.
Tour after tour, in every continent, from Womad to Paleo, from Montreal to Paris, Christine is gathering a stronger and stronger community of true fans, mesmerized by the strong power of her Maloya songs and spirits !
An incredible performer, World class artist.
Booking appointed by Zamora ProductionsMore infos
At the crossroads of classical, jazz and world music, the young Tunisian violinist and composer Jasser Haj Youssef is considered a prodigy. He has a rare musicality, profound knowledge of music and an impressive technique, but always focuses on the essentials: melody, rhythm and emotion.
He is also a true original: he was the first to have rediscovered the viola d’amore. Jasser has mastered this extraordinary instrument and uses it to play superb, multifaceted music—with classical, North African, jazz and Indian influences—that is surprisingly modern.More infos
An oud player and composer, born on 9th November, 1985 into a family with a deep rooted passion for music and oud making. His father, Hatem Joubran, a luthier (oud maker) his mother, Ibtisam, along with his sister Suha are all talented singers in their own respect. At the age of 18 Adnan joined his two elder brothers, the Oud players, Samir and Wissam Joubran, to form the first oud trio in the world, known today as Le Trio Joubran, whose debut performance was in 2004 at Luxembourg Gardens, Paris.
Since this debut performance, Adnan has travelled the world performing in various renown festivals, theaters and music halls. At the age of 23 he perfomed at the prestigious Carnegie Hall (NYC) and at 27, Olympia (Paris), passing by Radio City Hall (NYC), Salle Pleyel (Paris) and Theatre de Champs Elysees (Paris), to name a few of the many infamous music halls they have played in around the world.More infos
Music - Italy / UK / France
Crossing and blurring musical boundaries is an art form for Piers Faccini. Treading the frontiers which delineate one country from another, he finds inspiration in the cultural ambiguity of borderlands. With this new album, we find him navigating contours of a different kind.
In "Between Dogs and Wolves" he roams the hidden geography of the heart.
In collaboration with Zamora ProductionsMore infos
Music / Germany
A Big Band of sixteen musicians, the group thrills audiences thanks to the vocal and scenic playfulness of its riveting chorus, the “Kalypso Katz” and of its energetic singer and composer Lord Mouse. Faithful to the traditional roots of Trinidadian calypso, Lord Mouse and the Kalypso Katz have rejuvenated the genre to offer a boisterous sound that will have the audience up and dancing.More infos
Music - Syria
Created in 1983 by Julien Jâlal Eddine Weiss, french and swiss musician, and qânun virtuoso (oriental zyther), Al-Kindi Ensemble is currently rated among the best formations devoted to classical Arab music, for its rigorous work and interpreters excellence. Through its numerous creations, Al Kindi make us discover the richness of sacred and profane music repertoire from Middel East, Syria and Turkey.More infos
Music / Palestine
Le Trio Joubran is composed of three brothers : Samir, Wissam and Adnan. Their repertoire is filled with magnificent improvisations and rich subtle melodies, composed with a great knowledge of the ‘ud that holds such an outstanding importance in Palestinian culture.
In partnership with Zamora Productions
Music - Macedonia
Kiril Djaikovski is a Macedonian composer and producer, who is regarded as one of the pioneers of Balkan electronica and the most successful and respected electronic artist from the Balkan region today. His style of mixing electronica and Macedonian and Balkan ethnic music influences had received fantastic reviews around the world.More infos
Brazil / Egypt / India / Italy
Mixing rhythms and sounds, Carlo Rizzo, Paul Mindy, Ravi Prasad and Adel Shams el Din, four renowned and brilliant percussionists engage us in a rhythmic journey, an incredibly virtuoso and surprisingly melodious performance. The musicians bond in a true complicity, a common passion: the tambourine, present in all its shapes and its wide and unexpected capacities, such as the Brazilian pandeiro , the oriental riqq , the indian kanjira or Italian tamburello, indeed this little framed drum has finds itself at home within all cultures and traditions, across all the continents.More infos
Leila Haddad who dances her own choreographies both as soloist and with her company, aims above all at proving that oriental dance is a major form of art, very far from the trite cliché of cabaret dance.
She has pioneered a break with convention that has renewed oriental dance. Such revitalizing change that has been the experience of all other dance forms. In the early twentieth century, for example, Ruth Saint-Denis and Isadora Duncan liberated contemporary dance, while Antonia Merce (known as “La Argentina”) transformed flamenco.
There is nothing ethnographic in Leila Haddad’s exploration of original folk dances, as she builds bridges between past and present, and between oriental and modern, even contemporary, dance.More infos
Music / Kyrgyzstan
Tengir Too plays an ancient music rooted in the sensibility of nomads kyrgyz. Keepers of tradition and nevertheless true innovators, they present an original repertoire made of compositions and arrangements for traditionnal instruments, mixing the specific bardic vocal art to the extraordinary epic recitation of Manas.More infos
Best new artist Edmonton Folk Festival and Vancouver Folk Festival.
"I Want" Best song - SOCAN 2014