AlefBa World of musics
|Artistic Direction, composition and saxophone||Fabrizio Cassol|
|Fender bass||Michel Hatzigeorgiou|
|Violin / Voice||Tcha Limberger|
|Flute / Voice||Magic Malik|
|Ûd / Voice||Khaled Aljaramani|
|Voice||Sheikh Ehab Younes|
|Trumpet / Santur||Amir El-Saffar|
|Ûd / Voice||Mustapha Saïd|
|Artistic Advisor / Stage design||Fawaz Baker|
Production / Coproduction
A creation of the Fondation Royaumont with the Festival International d’Aix-en-Provence and Marseille Provence 2013
Creation on 10 July at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, on 28 September at the Fondation Royaumont and in 2014 in Brussels and in Cairo.
Fondation Royaumont / Programmes Musiques Transculturelles
Festival International d'art lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence, Marseille Provence 2013 / Capitale Européenne de la Culture 2013, KVS (Belgium), Bozar (Belgium)
With the support of:
SACEM, Institut Français d'Egypte
In collaboration with:
Aubergine Artist Management
The choc provoked by the Tahrir Square events continues to propagate from Cairo throughout the world. Eighteen months onwards, the image of a human community that is reconstructing itself is haunting artists and musicians alike. To understand what went on in the Egyptian square, which had suddenly become a forum for the world, is now a matter of urgency to Cairo musicians and the people they address their music to. Following the political upheaval, new aesthetics are taking shape. Fresh forms are being developed, like for instance the mix of electro sounds, ûd, bouzoq, percussions, rap, voices, and «électro chaabi» or mahragan, which only six months before the Cairo public would have hold at bay. Fabrizio Cassol is alive to the new sounds coming from Tahrir Square. His work is underpinned by his own musical language of “rhythmic harmony” which he developed over the last twenty years with his ensemble, Aka Moon, as he travelled in India, Africa, Cuba and the Arab world or with DJs. Twelve artists – with one half from Europe and the other half from Syria, Egypt and Lebanon - will come together in a unique experience called AlefBa.
It may well be that AlefBa will take the shape of what could be a street oratorio.
La Cité du Livre, Amphithéâtre de la Verrière
Wednesday 10 July 2013 at 10pm
Free shuttles going to the Théâtre du Grand Saint-Jean are available in La Rotonde (facing the former Tourist Office).
- The House Taken Over, AlefBa and Sira: departure from La Rotonde at 7:30pm and at 8:15pm, return journey 15 minutes after the performance at 11:15pm
- The Odyssey: departure from La Rotonde at 7:30pm and at 8pm, return journey 15 minutes after the performance at 10:30pm