Tunisia: eclectic festival of Jazz and Tarab
Mixing jazz, classical and Arab music was the challenge of ...Musicians of Tunisia,... an event dedicated to the creation and whose third edition ended Sunday in Sidi Bou Said, near Tunis.
- In duo, the violin of Azaïez Yasmine, a young Tunisian virtuoso, and the accordion of the American Cory Pesatoro was an example of mixing where the research and improvisation have been bedfellows.
The festival organized by the Center for Arab and Mediterranean Music offered since May 22 eleven new concerts for the ‘broadening the musical field,’ far away from the hegemony of a single genre, said its musician director, Mourad Sakli.
During this ‘trade off’ festival, the French Jean Jacques Fdida was surrounded by four Tunisian musicians from the Tunisian group "Makamet" (modes) for a musical creation where the tales come from the four corners of the planet.
In ‘Boustene’ (Garden), the Tunisian composer Wannès Khligène hired singers including baritone accompanied by Romanian violinists Michaela Mami and Polish Zalatka Ganeva.
Colour and new rhythms mark the work of this cosmopolitan group, which blends in harmony, musical modes of East and West.
‘Tunisian Musicians’ is, according to a critic, an unusual meeting between artists who defend the brewing and ban borders of creation. Bedouin or urban songs, classical music, Eastern tarab, Andalusian sounds or Algerian Chaâbi are, genres celebrated as artists performing at this festival.
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