“Driss el Maloumi is one of those miraculous musicians whose music makes us better people, and so it quickly becomes indispensable” –Les Inrocks
Both recital and concert, L’Œil du cœur, built up around the poetic universe of the world famous writer Abdellatif Laâbi (Goncourt Prize for poetry), includes musical creations by Driss El Maloumi, and the great performer Naziha Meftah’s range of lyrical art. The poet’s unadorned words, the enchanting voice of the cantatrice, stunning musical performances by the composer as they listen to one another, enter into dialogue and are drawn together until they join forces in the same outburst of creative plenitude. Born of a real complicity between artists from three different generations, L’Œil du cœur is unique in its genre, rooted in living Moroccan culture and participating in the universal.
‘Tarab’ is a key concept in the Arab tradition. It is the experience of expanded consciousness when everything comes together; music, poetry, emotion and atmosphere. It is a sublime and cathartic moment, a ‘sigh of the soul’, an absolute connection between musicians and their audience. Central to the tarab experience is the supreme form of song, immortalised by the mythical Oum Kalthoum. In the four concerts which the Moussem Nomadic Arts Centre and BOZAR are presenting we invite you to take part in a contemporary tarab experience: composers, leading musicians and celebrated voices from North Africa and the Middle East mix musical tradition and contemporary sounds, and classical and contemporary poetry go hand in hand. These four concerts promise to be a generous, shared and collective experience.
Moussem Tarab concerts:
13.01.2018 Souad Massi - ‘El Mutakallimun’
22.02.2018 Karima Skalli & Ensemble Rachid Zeroual - ‘Le bonheur du chant’
24.03.2018 Zad Moultaka & Ensemble Mezwej - ‘La passion d’Adonis’
26.04.2018 Abellah Laabi, Naziha Meftah & Driss El Maloumi - ‘L’ oeil du coeur’
Abdellatif Laâbi narrator, poet – Driss El Malloumi composition, oud – Naziha Meftah vocals