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Multiphonics Festival: NoSaxNoClar / Naissam Jalal "Healing Rituals" / Michel Godard, Florian Weber, Mohammed Najem & Bodek Janke


Sometimes there is something good about being condemned to external standstill: Julien Stella and Bastien Weeger met on a train platform on a day of strike and became aware of what a mystery travel is after all. With light luggage, they set out on a (sound) journey together: Clarinet and bass clarinet, alto and soprano saxophone are all they need for fascinating excursions through improvising chamber music, stopping off at Celtic, Berber or Balkan folklore. In subtle miniatures, they constantly reweight the rhythmic and melodic parts, change moods and vocal registers, and let their instruments pop percussively like shimmering soap bubbles.

8.15 p.m.
Naïssam Jalal - "Healing Rituals

Any attempt to put into words the beguiling musical universe of the flautist, nay player, singer and composer Naïssam Jalal must fail: one would only deprive it of its magical qualities and effects! In amazement, one imagines oneself on board of that fragile celestial vehicle, half dhow, half flying dragon, which adorns the cover of Naïssam Jalal's CD "Healing Rituals". Indeed, much of it is about rituals: rituals of the wind, the sun, the river, the forest or the moon - music as a solemn, festive act, certainly formal, but always wonderfully free and unbound. Born in France as the daughter of Syrian immigrants, Naïssam Jalal discovered the art of improvisation through John Coltrane's "Olé", explored Arabic music and returned to Europe with her own fascinating interpretation of world music.

9:30 p.m.
Michel Godard Trio feat. Florian Weber & Mohammed Najem

Piano and drums - led by a tuba? That may sound unusual at first. For a long time, the massive woofer acted as a reliable bench in the background and was responsible for the rhythm. After Bob Stewart and Howard Johnson had given the tuba a place in modern jazz, Michel Godard took the instrument to previously undreamed-of realms in Europe. Godard studied classical music, undertook sound journeys through Italian music history, worked with Pierre Boulez and played with Michel Portal, Kenny Wheeler and Rabih Abou-Khalil. At his side: the musically soulful, immensely versatile pianist Florian Weber, ECM artist and, since 2021, pianist of the NDR Big Band, and drummer Bodek Janke, who has long been one of Europe's leading percussionists. Mohamed Najem also virtuously combines jazz with oriental influences. His powerfully pulsating music, rich in sonic flavors, transfers the sound of the Middle East into a new musical language.

Sat, 30.09.2023

NoSaxNoClar: Julien Stella (clarinet), Bastien Weeger (saxophone, clarinet), Naïssam Jalal – „Healing Rituals“: Naïssam Jalal (composition, flute, nay, vocals), Clément Petit (cello), Claude Tchamitchian (bass), Zaza Desiderio (drums), Michel Godard Trio feat. Florian Weber & Mohammed Najem: Michel Godard (tuba), Mohammed Najem (clarinet), Mohammed Najem (piano), Bodek Janke (percussion)


concert hall Start 19:00 Doors 18:00

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