Alegría e Libertà (Galicia/Belgium/Italy)

Joy, Freedom and Strong Female Voices

Alegría e Libertà is the encounter between the fiery Cantabrian sea, kissing the cliffs of the Praia das Catedrais, off the coast of Ribadeo and the languor of the Ionian Sea, coloring the Terra d’Otranto in vivid azure.

From muñeira to tarantella, this musical journey takes us on the paths of Santiago de Compostela, through Galicia, this region of northwestern Spain, neighbor of Portugal, of Celtic culture; and on the paths of Salento, in the extreme south-east of the Apulia region, described as ‘the heel of the Italian boot’.

This album is dedicated to the meeting of the voices of memory: that of the “pasionaria” of Italian folk song, Lucilla Galeazzi, and those of the ethereal Galician “cantareiras” of Ialma. A repertoire oscillating between tradition and modernity, sublimated by the virtuosity of the diatonic accordionist, Didier Laloy, the rhythmic energy of tamburello player Carlo Rizzo and the excellence of Maarten Decombel on guitar.

Alegría e Libertà are songs of women to each other, to strengthen themselves at work, while harvesting potatoes or spinning jute fiber; to encourage themselves while waiting for their men who went fishing at sea; to resist when their songs are repressed by dictatorship. Popular songs that bring us back to the culture, to the roots, to the identity that is passed on generation after generation.

Nevertehless Alegría e Libertà is also the joy of singing and dancing, from moving vocal fusion to mystical lyricism, in absolute freedom.


Line Up

Veronica Codesal – vocals, percussion
Eva Fernandez – vocals, percussion
Natalia Codesal – vocals, percussion
Marisol Palomo – vocals, percussion
Lucilla Galeazzi – vocals
Didier Laloy – diatonic accordion
Carlo Rizzo – tamburello
Maarten Decombel – guitar


Discography

2019 Alegría e Libertà (Homerecords.be / GalileoMC)


Press


“In a time when freedoms are being threatened, including artistic freedoms, in Europe and elsewhere, my sense is that this is a quiet cri-de-coeur from artists that are part of that international community that is forming in places like Belgium, where many paths cross in the heart of today’s political Europe…. a very joyous and passionate project.”
Rootsworld.com, USA

Didier Laloy & Quentin Dujardin (Belgium)

Water & Fire

Two distinguished and internationally renowned figures of the Belgian musical scene have joined forces for an exciting new project: Didier Laloy (accordion) and Quentin Dujardin (guitar) present their first common album Water & Fire.

The original compositions defy rigid genre definitions and range somewhere between jazz, classical, folk and film music. A dialogue between water and fire, born during a serious of work residencies in the Belgian studio of Agua Music, an intense musical moment where space and time come to a standstill and allow the adventure of a common hand.

Two at first sight rather contrary characters have started to search for a possibile understanding between hot and cold, taking the risk of connecting two different conceps of musical approach.  Romanesque encounters Baroque and results in a wonderfully melodic and vivid album. These two artists perfectly complement each other – expressivity blends with intensity and offers us fiery and at the same time glacial sound emotions.

Water & Fire represents a return to the discographic origins of the two leaders: „We believe in this eternal moment of creation. What immense joy to share our music! The most important remain our personal enrichment and the freedom each of us gains by taking risks, for which this project is a wonderful example.“


Tour Line Up

DUO Quentin Dujardin (guitar) & Didier Laloy (diatonic accordion)
TRIO Duo plus Adrien Tyberghein (double bass)
QUARTETT Trio plus Nicolas Fiszman  (bass)


Press

“A highly anticipated album celebrating the wedding of fire and water.”
Paris Match, FR

“These artists remain masters in the art of subtlety.” Jazz Enzo, NL
 
“An album full of crazy harmony.” Le Soir, BE

“The eleven poetic tracks of this album are as many seasonal and atmospheric walks. It is beautiful and meaningful.” Jazz Rhone Alpes, FR


Didier Laloy (Belgium)

The mad dog meets the nobility:
BELEM Didier Laloy & Kathy Adam

Didier Laloy and Kathy Adam form an atypical duo featuring diatonic accordion and cello. They are both brilliant musicians in their own right. They have travelled through Europe with the group ‘Panta Rhei’, and shared the stage on many other occasions including Didier’s own projects “Didier Laloy Invites”, [Pô-Z]s, Noir’s and Nonsens. Although we had to wait for 23 years before a direct collaboration emerged, it was well worth the wait.

For decades, they’ve been thinking about experimenting with chamber music, without neglecting the expressive side. Today they provide an anthology of compositions, at the crossroads of their experiences. A strong but simple music, subtle and surprising, where silence, dynamics and the most elegant and crazy rhythms intersect. Musical images collide, and lead you on a musical journey and unique experience. Gentle and daring duo, result of a long-awaited meeting between two wonderful artists.

Laloy is considered as one of the most active representatives of the diatonic accordion revival in Europe. His easy and humorous onstage manner, his ability to tackle almost any musical genre from world to chanson, from contemporary music to projects for children, the subtlety of his playing and his never ending energy and enthusiasm have made him a highly sought after and appreciated musician in the contemporary Belgian musical scene. He was also a member of the transeuropean accordion collective The Samurai.

Kathy Adam studied cello and chamber music in Brussels and has been performing for over 20 years. In addtion to her life as a classical musician she regularly works with world music artists and theater and dance productions.


Didier Laloy’s Current Projects

Duo Didier Laloy (acc) & Quentin Dujardin (guit)
Belem & The MeKanics (Didier Laloy & Kathy Adam and a mechanical orchestra)
Belem (Didier Laloy & Kathy Adam)
Belem & Ensemble Quartz (Didier Laloy & Kathy Adam & wind quartet)
Belem & Slang (Didier Laloy & Kathy Adam & jazz trio)
Belem & Barbara Fortuna (Didier Laloy & Kathy Adam & Corsican voices)
Noir’s (Quartett acc – cello – guit – perc, concert in the dark)
Duo Didier Laloy (acc) & Tuur Florizoone (acc)
Didier Laloy’s Cameleon Tribe (flexible format from trio to quartet)


Discography

2019 Water and Fire / Didier Laloy & Quentin Dujardin (Agua Music)
2017 Belem & The MeKanics (Igloo Records)
2014 Belem Didier Laloy & Kathy Adam (Homerecords.be)
2012 Didier Laloy & Tuur Florizoone (Aventura Musica)
2011 Noir’s (Wild Boar Music)
2009 Milann&Laloy “ La Marquise”
2008 Didier Laloy PôZ’s
2005 CD/DVD Didier Laloy “Invite…s”
2003 Didier Laloy “S-Tres/Version Originale”


Press

“Fanstastic world chamber music from Belgium. ORF Ö1, A, 2015

 “On the duo album you can only hear the two musicians. But at no moment the purely instrumental music sounds thin or sketchy. On the contrary, the sound is powerful like a small folk orchestra. Special compliment to producer Michel van Achter.”
Folker, D, 2015

What did we hear? Jazz, folk, contemporary music, world music? Or just simply good music in the best sense of the word?”
Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, D, 2011

“His musical expression resembles a rough diamond… Loneliness, the dark and profound abyss, but also desire and charm are recurring elements in all his projects. And during his concerts he seems in league with love just as well as with the devil…”
Concerto, A, 2011

“The wild body language of a rock musician with the grace of a primaballerina in slowmotion.”
De Volkskrant, NL, 2009