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In Between Spaces: Complex Collaborations #3: Mother Tongue, Billy Bao w/ DJ Marfox & Margarida Garcia und Burkina Electric
With Complex Collaborations, the event series In Between Spaces presents different collaborations between musicians from different regions of Africa, the African diaspora and Europe: exciting musical hybrids between jazz, noise, improv, experimental music and danceable pop. In addition to the concerts, talks and interviews on the artistic process, the challenges of collaboration, the reception and economy of the projects, as well as a collaboration with a Cologne primary school are planned.
The first concert evening of "Complex Collaborations #3" spans the spectrum from transcultural jazz to a brute trance board: The Trio Ivoire - with Cologne pianist Hans Lüdemann, Ivorian balaphone master Aly Keita and fine percussionist Christian Thomé has singer Dobet Gnahoré as guest. Nainy Diabaté, who carries on her family's griot tradition, and the exceptional French pianist Eve Risser, with a penchant for preparations, minimalist rhythms and imaginative harmonies, present the German premiere of their first duo programme. The Tunisian-French band Ifriqiyya Electrique takes the audience to ritualistic heights with their overwhelming Post-Industrial Sufi Trance Rock.
The second evening is even more colourful: the trio Mother Tongue with pianist Oscar Jan Hoogland, singer Mola Sylla and drummer Frank Rosaly invent with warmth and serene intensity floating states between African tradition, improvisational experimentation and free jazz. Basque punk-avant-garde activists Billy Bao, led by noise musician and artist Mattin, follow up their fabulous 2014 album "Lagos Sessions" in a clash with bassist Margarida Garcia and kuduro producer DJ Marfox. With their long-standing project Burkina Electric, four musicians and dancers from Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast and cultural border crosser Lukas Ligeti combine traditional West African music and concepts of Western avant-garde, Afro-pop, electronica and dance.
Oscar Jan Hoogland is another outstanding pianist on stage on the second day of Complex Collaborations - even if the piano remains closed on Mother Tongue, because here Hoogland prefers the electronic clavichord of his own design in interplay with the African instruments of singer Mola Sylla. The trio invents states of suspension between African tradition, improvisational experimentation and free jazz with warmth and serene intensity.
"A Dakar griot singer, an Amsterdam improviser , a Chicago jazz drummer. Mola Sylla, Oscar Jan Hoogland and Frank Rosaly perform The Triangle. Rosaly has been involved in the improvised and experimental music community since 2001 when he became an integral part of Chicago's musical fabric, navigating a fine line between the vibrant improvised music, experimental, rock and jazz communities. Like Rosaly, singer and percussionist Mola Sylla is in many ways a musical explorer. Born and raised in Dakar, Senegal. He grew up in the tradition of the griots. Griots play conveying stories - sometimes decorated with music, theatre and dance - an important role in the culture in West Africa. His rhythm and melodic compositions differ from the western agreed schedules and provide surprising twists. Oscar Jan Hoogland is the sound of Amsterdam in person. He is an instant composer and inventor of his own instrument by putting a clavichord, a keyboard instrument from the 17th century, on 220 Volt electricity. As the last student of the late pianist, composer and improvisor Misha Mengelberg he tears like a tornado through the Amsterdam jazz and improv scene."
Billy Bao w/ DJ Marfox & Margarida Garcia
"Experimental; Conceptual? That's what these sort of things are usually called, when references are anything but immediate: in the feeling, hearing, and seeing, especially by many. [...] How else? Even when not only a few self-styled patriots were booking their flights out of the country, with an election looming to signal the end of a nation, and a band of modern day faith-heads detonating grenades in every other street corner, two dreamers swim against the currents and sneak through the lagoon into the country collecting inputs of derelict art; of garbage can noise; of hooting; honking horns on screeching brakes squelching tar; rackety generator booms? For an imagined program! What's that? Who, what do these doods think they're doing with Lagos?! I'll call it rebirth. That simple. [...] No matter the accolades, I will encourage a therapy of some sorts to the creators of this production." Sola Olorunyomi, poet, bassist, co-editor of Glendora Review (Kunle Tejuoso, Jazzhole /Lagos)
The album "Lagos Sessions" by the Basque noise-punk-avant-garde activists Billy Bao around the noise musician and artist Mattin was created in 2014 in collaboration with Emeka Ogboh and other Nigerian musicians* in the 20-million metropolis Lagos, by far the largest city in Africa. "As a portrait of the infinitely interesting chaos of modern Lagos, it's hugely valuable, but as an expansion of the aesthetics of noise, punk, and concrète, The Lagos Sessions could end up labeled a decisive moment in years to come." (The Quietus). In Cologne, Billy Bao will be staging a wild clash with noise bassist Margarida Garcia and the musically outstandingly multi-layered Portuguese-Angolan kuduro producer DJ Marfox, loosely based on this project.
Four musicians and dancers from Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast and the cosmopolitan avant-garde composer Lukas Ligeti combine traditional West African music and concepts of Western avant-garde, Afro-pop, electronica and traditional dance in their long-standing project "Burkina Electric". Ligeti, a cultural border crosser, has worked with the Kronos Quartet, musicians from Sonic Youth and the Grateful Dead, among others, and plays not only drums, but also a truly extraordinary instrument, the midi-fied marimba Lumina, developed by Don Buchla. The joint project with Abdoulaye Kounanda, Maimounata Lingani, Idrissa Kafando and Zoko "Zoko" stands for a special bridge-building and a playful approach to musical and cultural meta-concepts.
An event by ZAM Zentrum für Aktuelle Musik e.V. in cooperation with the European Centre for Jazz and Contemporary Music Stadtgarten as part of "IN BETWEEN SPACES".
"Complex Collaborations #3" is supported by Fonds TURN of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
Mola Sylla (voice, zang, mbira, xalam), Oscar Jan Hoogland (electric clavichord), Frank Rosaly (drums, perc), Billy Bao, Margarida Garcia, Lukas Ligeti (Electronics, drums), Idrissa Kafando (tanz), Abdoulaye Kouanda (guitar), Maimounata Lingani (voice), Zoko Hugues Pierre (tanz)
concert hall Start 20:00 Doors 19:00
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