DUO set by Montréal bassist Nicolas Caloia (Ratchet Orchestra, Matana Roberts’ band) and Montréal-Cairo composer/improviser Sam Shalabi (Land Of Kush, Dwarfs Of East Agouza, Shalabi Effect).
Sam Shalabi – oud & guitar
Nicolas Caloia – double bass
Sam Shalabi is an Egyptian-Canadian composer and improviser living in Montreal, Quebec. Starting out in punk rock in the late 70s, his work has evolved into a fusion of experimental Arabic music that incorporates traditional Arabic, shaabi, noise, classical, text, free improvisation, electronics and jazz. He has released 9 solo albums, 6 albums with Shalabi Effect (a free improvisation quartet that bridges Western psychedelic music and Arabic maqam), and 4 albums with Land Of Kush (a 30-member experimental orchestra, for which he composes). He has participated in over 60 albums and has toured Europe, North America and North Africa. His recent projects include albums with Dwarfs Of East Agouza, a Cairo-based trio featuring Alan Bishop and Maurice Louca, albums with Karkhana, a group whose members come from all over the Middle East, and collaborations with singer Nadah El Shazly, Oren Ambarchi, Angel Bat Dawid and a quartet with Brahja Waldman, Liam O Neil and Morgan Moore. He has also composed the music for more than 20 films in North America, Europe and the Middle East.
Since the early 1990s Nicolas Caloia has worked at creating a contemporary music generated by using accurately composed textures to channel collective improvisation. The goal is a music that erases the lines between improvised and composed, pop and avant-garde, good and bad. He hopes this music will satisfy the body, the mind and, above all, the heart.
He has worked as a performer, composer, and organizer in Montreal and has toured in North America, Europe, and Asia. He has performed and recorded in a vast array of contexts with the most important members of Montreal’s creative music community as well as with internationally renowned musicians like Marshall Allen, John Butcher, Joe McPhee, Steve Lacy, Hassan Hakmoun, Tristan Honsinger and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. His concerts and recordings have been critically acclaimed both at home and abroad.
DUST BUNNY (Warelis / López-Palacios Navarro)
This dynamic duo creates a hunting landscape between progressive rock/noise and free jazz using drums, electronics, analogue synthesizer and organ. Like the fire, the music takes us to that border of passage where things transform in restless dance.
Marta Warelis – organ, synthesizer
Nasim López-Palacios Navarro – drums, electronics
Bassist Paloma Plantenga (The Earwurms) and guitarist Luka Schuurman (Halli Crigi, De Ervaring) team up for the first time (!) to bath you in a mixture of delicate bass lines, noise madness and no fear. Not afraid to cross boundaries, for this duo music means experiment, emotion, and above all: the purest of joys. Nothing is preset except for heat and fluidity, the lava.
Paloma Plantenga – bass
Luka Schuurman – guitar
Bookings are closed for this event. 50 tickets will be sold at the door