Griff Trio could have played those traditional melodies in their most rough form, like a bunch of photocopies, but they preferred to confront them to their imagination and artistic desires...
So no nostalgia in this record, but the breath of 21st century troubadours.
OakTree is an acoustic music trio, exploring the potential of the unusual combination of voice, cello and accordion; an adventure into sound colour and texture, full of surprises, nourished by jazz, folk and chanson. A poetic and unbound music is brought alive by three generous musical tightrope walkers transporting their listeners to the land of dream and dance!
In 2013, Bao Sissoko and Wouter Vandenabeele started a CD project with the fantastic Griot singer Mamy Kanouté. The result is an excellent selection of traditional songs and compositions of Mamy Kanouté and Baye Diop. Here, the classical griot music is mixed with some audacious string arrangements.
IF Trio (Imaginary Folklores) is an acoustic ensemble in chamber-music format, playing a resolutely contemporary and cosmopolitan repertoire of original compositions and improvisations. The first album of IF Trio is a statement of musical nomadism. "Imaginary Folklores" unfolds a kaleidoscope of risky improvisations, sonic and rhythmic extravagances, but also intimate, quiet moments.
During the course of two parts, the first with the three Joubran brothers ("graceful, generous and talented") and the second surrounded by his "Arabic Band" with its traditional instruments (kawala, ud darbuka), Karim Baggili invites us on a journey to the east and this Jordan of which he keeps so many memories.