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RAPHAËL IMBERT "Music is my Home" featuring Big Ron Hunter / Alabama Slim

RAPHAËL IMBERT, saxophones, artistic direction / THOMAS WEIRICH, guitars / SIMON SIEGER, trombone, accordion, keyboards / PIERRE FENICHEL, double bass / ANNE PACEO, drums
GUESTS : BIG RON HUNTER, vocals, guitar / ALABAMA SLIM, vocals, guitar / MARION RAMPAL, vocals

"Music is my Home" is inspired by Raphaël Imbert's trip through the Deep South of the USA. In the field, the saxophonist crossed paths with many bluesmen and sounds or senses dealers who stayed as close as possible to what revolutionized 20th century music. Unexpectedly, while the dialog between improvisation and scholarly contemporary languages, rock or electronic music, drown out all the others, Raphaël Imbert raises a question. What do we do with the Blues? To give it a Mingusian answer, he invited two bluesmen he met in his trek: Alabama Slim and Big Ron Hunter. They deliver the essential message of the Blues people. Their spellbinding voices and elegant coolness address all situations, all mysteries of life. Blues? Could it be this skill of presence, scorching under the tunes' ashes?

 
 

NAOMI SHELTON & THE GOSPEL QUEENS

Naomi Shelton, vocals / Cynthia Langston, Bobby Jean Gant, Angel McKenzie, choir
GUESTS: Cliff Driver, organ / Gabriel Caplan, guitar / Jeremy Kay, bass / Chevon Bridges, drums

Born in a little village in Alabama, Naomi Shelton was naturally and culturally immersed in a Gospel and Soul music bath, participating as soon as childhood to her parish's choir; forming at 6 a trio with her two eldest daughters that performed in the surrounding villages' churches; passionate about Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding at 18. When she settled in New York, she made herself known under her profane name, Noami Davis, while she became Noami Shelton again, her sacred name, on Sundays, to sing at Brooklyn's Greater Crossroad Baptist Church. Since the 2000s, she performs with the Gospel Queens, providing her collective singing experience. The overwhelming emotional impact of her voice stems as much from her power than her hoarse, rasping tone. The tone of a singer becoming a minister in turn...

 
 

THE HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE

GABRIEL HUBERT. trumpet / SEBA GRAVES. bass trombone / SAIPH GRAVES. trombone / UTTAMA HUBERT. euphonium / AMAL BAJI HUBERT. trumpet / TARIK GRAVES. trumpet / HASHIM BUNCH. bass / ANDREW MCLEAN. drums

The ambassador of the USA in Mexico did not hesitate to consider their activities had as much value as a genuine diplomatic mission. Their activities? To spread funk music. How shall we introduce, by the way, this relentless fanfare that plays a music of our days, an hypnotical one indeed, because it is unhesitatingly of nowadays, just as these frantic trumpet, trombone, sousaphone, horn and cornucopia players like to put it - how shall we introduce it, other than the most breathtaking, most explosive music that appeared since the beginning of the millennium? Smove, Hudah, Baji, Yosh, Clef, Cid, Rocco and Tycho have charmed Mos Def, Damon Albarn, Prince and Erykah Badu. They have been raised in music, by music, for music, to preach the good word of an energizing "afro-free-funk-rap" on the stage's circus, their Promised Land.