BELEM & the MeKanics

Didier Laloy presents his new spectacular project

For  many centuries mankind has been dreaming and building machines, also Leonardo da Vinci wanted to fly. Together with Belgian avantgarde composer and sound inventor Walter Hus, Didier Laloy in his latest adventure takes mechanical music to its extremes.  BELEM, the success duo with Didier Laloy on accordion and  Kathy Adam on cello, meets a mechanical orchestra of the Belgian brand DECAP, programmed and digitally operated by Walter Hus and remindung us of the historical ancestors of the jukebox that were extremely popular (not only) in Belgium and Northern France.  The organs, the “Mekanics”, sing like little birds, then again they sound like a whole orchestra, a drumset and an accordion play alone as if by magic. The result is breathtaking – a unique sound between popular, contemporary and film music with fellinian flavour. Belem&The Mekanics is an extraordinary experience that will take you far beyond a concert, submerging the audience in the centre of a majestic sound  swirl. The album Belem & The Mekanics was released in November 2017  and presented in two sold out and enthusiastically acclaimed concert series in Brussels and Paris.

Didier Laloy – diatonic accordion
Kathy Adam – cello
Walter Hus – The Mekanics programming
Didier Laloy & Walter Hus – composition, arrangements

 

DANÇAS OCULTAS AT PHILHARMONIE LUXEMBURG

“Les Neiges de l’Algarve / The Snow of Algarve”

In the context of the atlântico festival, which is entirely dedicated to music and culture from Portuguese speaking countries, Danças Ocultas have been invited by  Philharmonie Luxemburg to take part in a new dance theatre production for children: The visual concert “Les Neiges de l’Algarve”, directed by French choreographer Lionel Ménard, tells the story of an almond tree and combines dance and acrobatics,  juggling and live music. From October 06 to 10 and November 09 to 12, 2017 there will be 16 performances as well as a lunch concert by Danças Ocultas in the big auditorium of the Philharmonie.

Danças Ocultas – diatonic button accordion
Roberta Ruggiero – dancer, actress
Louis Terver – juggler, actor
Lionel Ménard – concept & direction
Vanessa Vérillon – stage design
Pascal Laajili – light design
Sigrid Herfurth – costumes, props

AMIRA MEDUNJANIN ON TOUR IN GERMANY, AUSTRIA, SWITZERLAND

Bosnian Billie Holiday – Sevdah Meets Jazz

Amira Medunjanin, acclaimed singer, humanitarian and worldwide ambassador for the culture and music of her native Bosnia-Herzegovina and the wider Balkan region, presents her new album DAMAR. As in all her previous productions she draws deep from the wellspring of Sevdah, the “beating heart” of Bosnian music, with revivifying ancestral Bosnian songs, whilst for the first time introducing new compositions to her artistic palette. A particular emphasis on acoustic guitar brings a subtle Iberian piquancy to DAMAR, and once again the great Serbian pianist Bojan Z  bestows his musical and production skills upon the endeavour.  With a quintet that suggests everything from flamenco to contemporary jazz – a flourish of guitar here, a provocative piano solo there – Amira transforms tradition into a powerful emotional statement, one that suggests her homeland but is not limited to it.

“Bosnian Billie Holiday” (Gart Cartwright) was born in Sarajevo at the time when the popularity of traditional music in former Yugoslavia was at high tide, and Sevdah held a special place for her. The Sevdalinke (sevdah songs) she learned from her mother were the most beautiful of songs. Her fascination with the oral tradition of Bosnia and Herzegovina led her to devote herself to creating a unique voice within Sevdah to explore its expressive capacity to the full.

In 2017 Amira Medunjanin was selected into the Top Ten of World Music Divas by the British magazine Songlines.

UPCOMING LIVE DATES
28-04-17 München (DE), Gasteig • 29-04-17 Wien (AT), SIMM City • 05-05-17 Stuttgart (DE), Liederhalle • 06-05-17 Frankfurt (DE), Saalbau Volkshaus Sossenheim • 07-05-17 Düsseldorf (DE), Capitol Theater • 23-05-17 Baden (AT), Cinema Paradiso • 24-05-17 La Chaux de Fonds (CH), L’Heure Bleue • 26-05-17 Genève (CH), Le Temple de St. Gervais • 28-05-17 Ettiswil (CH), Stimmenfestival • 18-08-17 St. Gallen (CH), Schutzengelkapelle • 19-08-17 Rorschach (CH), Carmen Würth Saal • 24-08-17 Innsbruck (AT), Treibhaus • 26-08-17 Saaldfelden (AT), Internationales Jazzfestival • 17-09-17 Berlin (DE), Admiralspalast

RENATO BORGHETTI MEETS VINCENT PEIRANI IN COLOMBIA

A special “accordion summit” will happen on January 11, 2017 in Colombia: The fabulous Festival Internacional de Música in Cartagena de Indias has invited accordion gaúcho Renato Borghetti from Southern Brazil and jazz accordionist Vincent Peirani from Southern France to perform together with their ensembles and a youth orchestra from Cartagena. This open air world première will happen in front of the impressive backdrop of the Cartagena harbour and be transmitted live by Colombian Television.

RENATO BORGHETTI PRESENTS “GAITA NA FÁBRICA” ON TOUR IN EUROPE

GAITA NA FÁBRICA – Sounds from the Squeezebox Factory!

Renato Borghetti and his quartet present their new project „Accordion in the Factory“, produced entirely at the FÁBRICA DE GAITEIROS, the cultural space where Borghetti is developing his new social project. It is a magical, inspiring place, where children and young adults can develop their love for music and at the same time learn how to play the accordion. The new album is the result of this very special atmosphere, offering a mature and contemporary twist on the typical rhythms from the south of Brazil. Milongas, Vaneiras, Xote and Chamamés, executed in an unconventional and almost classical formation: piano (Vitor Peixoto), flute/sax (Pedro Figueiredo) and acoustic guitar (Daniel Sá, also in charge of musical direction).

Upcoming Release Tour in Europe:
18-10 Oldenburg (DE), Theater Laboratorium・19-10 Berlin (DE), UFA Fabrik・21-10 Halle (DE), Festival Akkordeon Akut!・22-10 Esslingen (DE), Kulturzentrum Dieselstrasse・23-10 Langenau (DE), Pfleghof・25-10 Wien (AT), Porgy&Bess・26-10 Bad Gastein (AT), Jazz im Sägewerk・27-10 Innsbruck (AT), Treibhaus・28-10 Treviglio BG (IT), Teatro Nuovo TBC・29-10 Thalwil (CH), Hotel Sedartis, Thalwil Jazz Club・30-10 Wolfach (DE), Klausenbauernhof ・01-11 Altamura (IT), Teatro Mercadante, Suoni della Murgia Winter・03-11 Cluj (RO), Hungarian National Theater・05-11 Torres Vedras (PT), Festival Accordeões do Mundo

RICCARDO TESI TURNS 60 – BELLA CIAO GOES WOMEX!

Just on time for his upcoming 60th birthday on July 22, Riccardo Tesi has plenty of reasons to be happy: Italian ethnomusicologist Neri Pollastri has recently presented his biography UNA VITA A BOTTONI. Concerts and tours with his main projects  Banditaliana, Bella Ciao and the accordion quintet Samuraï will lead the Tuscan accordion master all across Europe during the summer months. And the special birthday news is that Riccardo’s present success story Bella Ciao featuring Lucilla Galeazzi and Elena Ledda has been selected for a showcase at this years WOMEX in Santiago de Compostela. Auguri maestro!

FRESH CDS FOR THE NEW YEAR

Watch out for the recent series of great releases by our artists: NAVEGAMUNDOS (Le Grand Fleuve/L’Autre Distribution) by Argentinian twin sisters Las Hermanas Caronni was released in November and will be presented at the upcoming Kulturbörse Freiburg and a small tour in Switzerland. KAZE (Abeat Records) is the fourth joint album of Japanese-Argentinian quartet Gaia Cuatro featuring renowned Italian guests such as Paolo Fresu and Solis String Quartet. ANGEL SONG (Silvox Records) by Croatian singer songwriter Branko Galoic was presented in Paris in December, and Portuguese accordion wizards Dancas Ocultas have ennobled their 25 years stage anniversary with AMPLITUDE (Uguru/Sony Portugal), a wonderful live recording of their concerts with Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras which will be released on February 12.

 

Elina Duni (Albania/Switzerland)

La Fille de l’Air

Born into a highly artistic family in Tirana, Albania, in 1981, Elina Duni made her first steps on the stage as a singer aged five, singing for National Radio and Television. In 1992, after the fall of the communist regime, she settled in Geneva, Switzerland, with her mother, where she started studying classical piano and thereafter discovered jazz. She went on to study on the jazz programme at Hochschule der Künste in Bern. During this time, she formed the Elina Duni Quartet with Colin Vallon on piano, Patrice Moret on double bass and Norbert Pfammatter on drums. This project represented a return to her musical roots, a combination of Balkan folk songs and jazz.

After two albums, Baresha (2008) and Lume (2010), both on Meta Records, the quartet went on to release for ECM in 2012, Matane Malit (Beyond the Mountain) and in 2015, Dallëndyshe  (Swallow), which were praised by the wider European media for their lightness as well as their subtle manner of exploring Albanian folklore. In 2014, Elina Duni released her first album as a singer-songwriter in Kosovo and Albania, entitled Muza e Zezë (The Black Muse).

In 2017, Elina Duni was one of the winners of the Swiss Music Prize, and in 2018 her first solo project Partir was released on ECM: In nine (!) languages she presents old folk songs, chansons and ballads of farewell and separation, accompanying herself on guitar, piano and frame drum.

For her latest project, Elina is joined by guitarist and BBC New Generation Artist Rob Luft, one of the rising stars of London’s flourishing contemporary jazz scene. Luft’s playing incorporates echoes of West African high-life, Celtic folk and textural minimalism. His joyously original sound finds an ideal counterpart in Elina Duni’s vocals.

“I come from a family who has already fought against fascism, this is why I abhor any kind of nationalism. Societies who seal themselves off, are fearful societies. We all have to learn again how to fight for things that we have come to see as a given and take for granted.” (Elina Duni)


Current Projects

Elina Duni Solo “Partir”
Duo Elina Duni & Rob Luft


Discography

2018 Partir, ECM
2015 Dallëndyshe, ECM
2014 Muza e Zezë
2012 Matane Malit, ECM
2010 Lume, Lume, Meta Records
2008 Baresha, Meta Records


Awards

2017 Swiss Music Prize
2015 Diaspora Award, Embassy of Kosovo, Switzerland
2013 Kult Award for “Matanë Malit”, Tirana, Albania
2012 Jazz Pott Award, Essen, Germany
2010 Pro Helvetia “Priority Jazz ” for Elina Duni Quartet, Switzerland
2008 HKB Prize, Bern, Switzerland
2008 “Coup de Coeur 2008” Bern, Switzerland
2007 Friedl Wald Prize, Switzerland


Press

“… Each of her songs turns into a convincing recital, a profound homage to sincere humanity.”
Kulturkomplott, DE, 2018

“This album is all of a piece. Tuned in a pensive tone, although it is about departure. But this departure is not frivolous or euphoric, and Elina sings about it with earthy presence and mastered strenth.”
Neue Züricher Zeitung, CH, 2018

“Her voice is pure and clear and of ever more transparent intimacy. She does not cling but lets you go off to something at the same time melancolic but also full of hope and relief.”
Kulturtipp, CH, 2018

DANÇAS OCULTAS IN CHINA AND CANADA

Good news from Danças Ocultas: After some successful summer concerts with young Brazilian cellist and singer Dom la Nena it was decided to continue this charming cooperation. The 25 stage anniversary of the band was celebrated with a concert series in Portugal, together with the Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras and featuring special guests such as Portuguese stars Carminho and Rodrigo Leão. From November 07 to 15, 2015 the quartet will go on their first tour to China, and in February 2016 they will perform as one of five music acts at the prestigious Bourse du RIDEAU in Quebec, Canada. Felicitações, senhores!