With the participation of: Petar Ralchev, Magic Malik, Carles Benavent, Tigran Hamasyan
In Lingala, the language of the Congo, the term Lobi means both ’yesterday’ and ’tomorrow’. It is in this concept that one must seek the deep roots of this project, which is unique in several respects: unique in its way of tackling a multifaceted repertoire, made up of original compositions and ’traditional’ pieces rearranged; unique in its way of musically linking the past, present and future; unique by the meeting of musicians coming from very different universes and countries who, each in his own way, brings his tradition whilst learning from and exchanging with the singularities of the others; and unique, too, by the style that results from the combination of all these factors, not comparable to other existing groups.
For this adventure, Stéphane Galland, unconventional Belgian drummer and, for the past twenty years, a member of the Aka Moon trio, has surrounded himself with all the musicians with whom he has always wanted to share the stage and recording studio: his Dream Team, as it were. It was his meeting the young Armenian genius of the piano, Tigran Hamasyan, that constituted the starting point. Then, the pieces of the puzzle gradually fell into place, eventually arriving at the current configuration, which includes the magician of the flute Magic Malik; the king of the Bulgarian accordion, Petar Ralchev; the most gifted of flamenco bass players, Carles Benavent; and the uncontested master of Turkish percussion, M?s?rl? Ahmet.
At the finish, here is a project as eclectic as it is coherent, destined to exist equally well on stage as on disc (or, should we say, in the form of recorded music?). If you like to be surprised, fascinated (as much by the extraordinary virtuosity of the protagonists as by their lyricism), moved (listen to their interpretation of ’Lamma Bada Yatathanna’...), and if a rich, stimulating musical discovery puts you in a good mood and gives you the impression of having not wasted your day, this album is meant for you!