Pareidolia Coco Tulum, Mexico
My trip to pareidolia festival
Invited by Coco Tulum and Pareidoia Ibiza Sonica, I had a stay in Tulum, Mexico
My trip started with an event at Tulum Art on March 8, which involved a screening of the Walila film trailer followed by a discussion with filmmaker Reed Rickert and I about the making of the film and the music album. Walila is a short film about my Moroccan experience last year and it explores my music making process. Following the discussion I also performed a brief demo showcase.
The D Day was on March 12.
Coco Tulum is located on the beach and you are on the white sand facing the range of blue color between the sea and
the sky in the middle of the tropical vegetation.
After Luka Takon’s dj set I started my live mix at 7p.m. with a huge orange full moon rising up the Caribbean Sea.
It was magical…
After my 1 hour performance with a lot good vibes the screening of Walila began.
The audience reacted very well and I would like to thank again everybody there for their warm support.
Walila was also screened at Boheme, a very active cultural center in Tulum.
It was a nice event that included first a screening of Walila followed by a screening of The Third Root directed by Reed Rickert. This a feature film that follows Mexican musician Camilo Nu on a journey to explore the relationship between Mexican, Spanish and Moroccan Music.
The day after I also had an interesting interview with Mandeep of Radio Tulum.
We talked about my career in music as well as my current projects.
I also connected with local musicians and notably Camilo Nu an amazing guitarist playing Flamenco as well as Django Reinhardt style and also more contemporary music styles.
I had a lot of fun in Tulum and encountered many great people.
I loved it!!
Livemix at Troubadour, London
Collaborating with Jack Casady
A few months ago I was contacted by sound engineer and producer Stacy Parrish (T-Bone Burnett, Robert Plant/Alison Krauss) asking me if I were available for collaborating with Jack Casady for his new album project.
I felt very honoured that a rock and roll star like Jack Casady would think of me for making some tunes with him! Jack Casady is the legend bass player of the 60’s Californian cult bands:: Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, Jefferson Starship. During his incredible career he jammed with Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead and so many famous musicians of the sixties / seventies.
So I accepted the invitation and I just came back of a 10 days stay recording with Jack and Stacy at Jack’s studio located at Jersey UK.
Jack is a great young man of more 70 years old with an incredible energy.
He explained to me that he would like to explore and play the bass in new musical dimensions. I brought with me some electronic equipment and guitars. We spent time to create some electronic soundscapes and improvising bass and guitar.
Yair Dalal joined us for the recordings in the final days. Yair is a very talented violin and oud player.
It was an amazing meeting of 3 musicians coming from such different musical universes. In the strange landscape of Jersey a kind of magic happened. The wind of Inspiration was favorable and we recorded some good ideas.
Back in my studio, I continue the producing work. There is no agenda and our goal is to achieve Jack’s project the best way possible.
Walila – Sacred Music Festival of Fès, Morocco
At the suggestion of French Institute of Fès and his Director M Christophe Steyer: I’m invited to participate at Sacred Music Festival of Fès, Morocco, 2016 edition.
My performance will take place at Bab Boujloud on May 10, 2016.
This project involves several steps with the goal to create a new music blending electro beats and sounds with the instruments of Moroccan Traditional Music.
I began the project by a 10 days stay at Fès.
With the support of the Music Conservatory, i’ve recorded the musicians of Orchestre Arabo Andalou de Fès, the oldest orchestra in the genre over the area.
The recordings sessions have continued at Dar Batha, a riad belonging to the French Institute located in the medina.
With the help of Abderrahim Amrani, director of the Confrérie Soufie des Hamadcha, I recorded many traditional Moroccan instruments.