Aka Moon's Alifbata & LABtrio touring through Belgium & France this week
Busy week ahead here at Aubergine! We're touring all through Belgium & France with two bands. Aka Moon will be joined by a lot of befriended international musicians the next two weeks for its new project 'Alifbata' and LABtrio performs the music of its latest album 'Nature City' (Outhere Music, Febr. '17) once more in Sint-Niklaas, Hasselt & Ronse.
After a well-stocked fall, Aka Moon is ready for a new adventure! Together with some guest musicians, they will bring the sounds of the Balkan, the Middle East and India to France & Belgium the next two weeks. In Alifbata, compositions and musicians of two earlier created projects come together: The first one, Aka Balkan Moon, inspired by Balkan music with a special focus on the Bulgarian traditions, and second AlefBa, a project that uses the sultry sounds of the Middle East. Both projects arose under the wings of Fondation de Royaumont (Paris). The incredible Indian Sufi singer Zila Kahn will join the musicians with her lush chants.
“It feels quite natural to me to unite the music of the Arabic world with the Middle East and the Balkans”, says Fabrizio Cassol, musical director of the ensemble. “When you compare Bulgarian songs and classical Arabic chants, they both have a sound close to Moroccan hymns. This parallell enables an interdependence and reconciliation. It puts their sounds in perspective and with them the cultural identities.” Be sure to check out the video!
Together, the group travels from the East to the West. Join them on their journey from Belgium to Bulgaria, Syria, Iraq and even India: 30.03 deSingel, Antwerp (BE) 31.03 De Grote Post, Ostend (BE) 03.04 Opéra de Lille, Rijsel (FR) 04.04 De Bijloke, Ghent (BE)
Last year at this time, LABtrio released its third album 'Nature City', celebrating the band's 10th anniversary (Outhere Music, Febr.-Mar. '17). At the end of this week, they'll perform this lovely, critically acclaimed repertoire once more for you:
29.03 Concertzaal De Casino, Sint-Niklaas (BE)
30.03 Piano Days: CC HA, Hasselt (BE)
31.03 CC De Ververij, Ronse (BE)
Be there or be square!