The Water Wheel – a tribute to Hamza El Din
Saturday 9th of March 9p.m. Cargo de Nuit, Arles
At Cargo de Nuit, Les Suds, in winter takes the “Revivre“ paces and receives one of the memorable artists of its 2016 summer edition : two years after a Trans-Electro Night of anthology at the Parc des Ateliers, Bachar Mar-Khalifé delivers a tribute to Hamza El Din. Behind this name that probably doesn’t recall us anything, hides one the oud Nubian masters, who inspired, amongst others, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, the Grateful Dead and Steve Reich...
As a teenager, it’s at his dad’s music library that Bachar Mar-Kalifé discovers this ”pioneer rocker”. Revisting his repertory, the Franco-Lebanese multi-instrumentalist creates a mystical music in which the electro beats subtly mix with the oriental traditional sounds, the jazz improvisations and the saturated guitar riffs that oppose with the poignant voice and the poetic piano of a both sensible and powerful Bachar, surprising and inspired !
Here, he is associated with Aleksander Anguelov (bass, voice), Dogan Poyraz (drums, voice) and Priam "Desmond" Bosano (electric saz).
Bachar Mar-Khalifé was born in Beirut in 1983. He’s 6 when his family escapes Lebanon, which, at the time, was at war, to take refuge in France. His father – the famous singer, composer and oud player Marcel Kalifé whom the festival has already received in 1988 – and his mother, also a singer, have returned there about ten years ago. Him and his brother Rami (also a musician) stayed in France. Although he returns there often, his relationship with Lebanon remains complicated. A pianist and percussionist, who passed by the national Orchestre of France and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, he brings back, over his four albums, the beauty of the Lebanian poet texts of the close and faraway past, and sings, chants or whispers them ; eyes turned to the future. Prodigious child, this artist delivers, with a beautiful emotional density and a singular creativity, original compositions and covers of traditional songs.