RAULIN, BEKKAS, BIAYENDA
First heard alongside Louis Sclavis in the mid-80s, pianist François Raulin spent his career since giving meaning to the nice concept of imaginary folklore, multiplying the most diverse projects in collaboration with musicians from all over the world, with the aim to forge a personal language synthesizing the contribution of countless scholarly and popular traditions. Crystallizing the importance of Africa in his musical universe, the trio he shares with the Moroccan Majid Bekkas – a great specialist of the guembri, a fetish instrument of the Gnawa culture – and the Congolese Emile Biayenda – artistic director of Les Tambours de Brazza and a major drummer who has become a master in the art of making his skins sing – gives a magnificent overview of it, by offering a polymorphic music both anchored in jazz and open to the expression of all differences.
François Raulin, piano, mbira, compositions
Majid Bekkas, oud, guembri, vocals, compositions
Emile Biayenda, vocals, drums