NEW CREATION OF GRÉGORY DARGENT
From Feb. 1960 to Feb 1966, France has conducted 17 nuclear tests in the Algerian desert, for an overall charge 37 times more powerful than the bomb dumped above Hiroshima in 1945. Grégory Dargent learns about this part of history, and soon after imagines the collision between the tuareg and atomic fission. His focus is not on traditional algerian musics, but in writing a piece about what direction could Mediterranean musics have taken if art itself could have been irradiated. Besides the oud player Grégory Dargent, Anil Eraslan, cello player from Turkey, and Wassim Hallal percussionist of Lebanese origin, going their way between traditional and avant garde musics. This acoustic trio get surrounded by electronic effects, and a great improvisation and interaction freedom will allow all possibilities. After having created Sha’Ir Majnûn for the Tuareg choir of Lalla Tahra (Tamanrasset) with L’Hijâz’Car and Cavaliers de l’Aurès with the chaouia singer Houria Aïchi (Batna), Grégory Dargent continues his considerations about Algeria, on an uncharted territory.
Grégory Dargent is also making a photographic journey in the Algerian desert. A book will be published with the album.
Possibility to combine the concert with the photo exhibition and/or the projection of the documentary of Larbi Benchiha "Vents de Sable" that has inspired the project.
Grégory Dargent oud, effects, direction
Anil Eraslan cello, effects
Wassim Hallal percussions