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                                                                                                                                                                                  Damien Rocour

An Arab-jazz-classical ode in trio form

An ode in Arabic interspersed with English, melodies that grab your attention, over an hour of vocal vibes to a ground of subtle strings and rhythms, an intimate taste of poetic jewels: this is the TriOde devised by Laïla Amezian, born from a love of singing ... and also from the tribulations of her soul between the Orient and the Occident.
Imagine a well-seasoned traveller bringing home a precious pearl necklace.
During a 15-year musical journey, Laïla Amezian’s voice has explored many a musical landscape: French chansons, jazz, funk, ethno-electro-dance, post-rock, polyphony, Arab-Andalusian music and traditional songs. During this journey she has acquired many languages besides much experience in studio and stage work in Belgium, other European countries and North Africa - not only in concerts, but also in theatre and dance performances.

                                           Stephan Vanfleteren
The voice, the voyage

Laïla’s intense, silky and joyful voice can at once caress and provoke like a soul woman’s. Your heart is touched by this voice that has come such a long way. It evokes the colours of her home town of Tangiers and allows them to flourish under the Belgian sky. Laïla Amezian’s journey, with the essential influences of both Brussels and Morocco, is above all an interior journey, yet universal. In TriOde she displays the very best of her cultural baggage, a hand-picked best of selection of poetic pieces, reworked for the trio format. This is an ode to vocal happiness and brings to mind a multitude of shiny pearls in deep water.

The pieces, the heart

There is Khalil Gibran’s epic text, The Prophet, finely segmented and set to music by Laïla (and arranged by Michaël Grébil) for her first production, Bast, fusing the Sufi spirit, jazz and post-rock. Besides these spirit-raising recitatives, adapted for TriOde, we find other precious and spell-binding material: the Arab-Andalusian shores explored in Arabanda (with Piet Maris), ancient poetry in Qayna, a contemporary Arab production (created by Abid Bahri and Yahya Addi) as well as new pieces contrived for the occasion: an extract from the Canticle of Canticles, the jazz standard Strange Fruit and also a composition to a text by Ibn’ Arabi. There is no need to understand these lyrics: it is the heart that is sought in these songs of love, devotion and celebration.

                                                                          Jean-Luc Goffinet
The Music, the Soul

The melodies furl and unfurl, turn like a dervish, into an infinite O ... as in TriOde, or Orient and Occident: between the trance of one and the fugue of the other. Laïla’s voice crosses these horizons musically, and with infinite attention. Velvety yet powerful, Anja Naucler’s cello envelops and reinforces the compositions. This Swedish musician has developed a very personal style, imprinted with lyricism, rock and also a soft touch, nourished by many varied encounters. Stephan Pougin, both drummer and percussionist, displays the same subtlety and riches. His rhythms offer more than support, they add an extra touch of soul to TriOde - a soul which belongs as much to world music as to jazz and classical music.

Laïla Amezian, vocals (Studio Pagol, Arabanda, Oblomow, Qayna, Bast...) 
Anja Naucler, cello (Vlaams Radio Orkest, Ghalia Benali, Manou Gallo...) 
Stephan Pougin, drums-percussion (Panta Rhei, Steve Houben...)  
Patrice Hardy, sound-inginer
Text Françoise Gauder 

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