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Solkfong 05:16
Teahigh 05:10
Raga 06:29
Rain 05:12
Dounia 04:36
Comment ? 05:18
Bird Talking 05:49
Djembé solo 03:25


Rupak Kulkarni : bansuri
Marc Liebeskind : guitar & compositions
Lassana Diabaté : balafon
Leon Duncan : bass
Anindo Chatterjee : tabla
Adama Dramé : djembé
Stefan Rigert : drums, arrangements & production

"Between" is a project of the percussionist Stephan Rigert. A transcontinental meeting that resembles nothing like the majority of musical encounters between traditions and yet brings out the subtleties and nuances in all.

On one side, the empathetic vision of Anindo Chaterjee, the Indian Tabla genius and Rupak Kulkarni, the young bamboo blower. A Hindustani flutist who seems to lead the conversation whenever he grabs his instrument. On the other side, Adama Drame, the Burkina Faso djembe player, pinching his lips as he touches the percussive blade, and Lassana Diabaté, an enchanting Malian balafon, the best of his generation. Then, finally, Leon Duncan, a Jamaican bassist breathing in the tempo, and Marc Liebeskind, the gifted, artful guitarist from Geneva. The combo were together for three days and all that was needed was three strokes for the drummer to grasp it all.

The challenge appears great. To marry, on the same stage, musicians from India and sub-Saharan Africa, knowing their musical traditions are among the largest in history, but are also coiled, poles apart from each other.

But between the djembe's skin of the earth, and the tables skin of the ether, a relationship is demanded. Adama Drame provokes, with his drum, the fingers of Anindo Chatterjee. Dialogues of intuition. The Bernese Stephan Rigert, creator of fusion for many years, has not merely throw it some good ideas. He has asked Marc Liebeskind to compose a training directory devoted to the group. A wealth of marrying themes and patterns, where the challenges of improvisation are confronted. You should see the flowing river of Lassana Diabaté succeeding the broken phrases of Marc Liebeskind. You should hear how this septet attempts to transcend the seduction of difference. Seven musicality rather than seven rooted.

«Between» est un projet du percussionniste Stephan Rigert. Une réunion transcontinentale qui pourrait ne ressembler à rien comme la majorité des rencontres musicales entre les traditions et qui pourtant rassemble tout.D’un côté Anindo Chatterjee, frôleur de tabla indien, génie du regard partagé, et Rupak Kulkarni, jeune souffleur de bambou, flûtiste hindoustani qui semble mener conversation lorsqu’il empoigne son instrument. De l’autre, Adama Dramé, djembé burkinabé, qui pince ses lèvres lorsqu’il touche à lame percussive, et Lassana Diabaté enchanteur de balafon malien, le meilleur de sa génération. Et il y a aussi Leon Duncan, bassiste jamaïcain qui respire dans le tempo, Marc Liebeskind, astucieux guitariste genevois. Le combo existe depuis trois jours et il suffit de trois coups du batteur pour que l’ensemble saisisse. La gageure paraît grande de marier sur une même scène des musiciens d’Inde et d’Afrique subsaharienne. Leurs traditions musicales se savent parmi les plus importantes de l’histoire, mais sont aussi lovées aux antipodes l’une de l’autre. Mais entre le djembé, peau de terre, et le tabla, peau d’éther, la relation s’impose. Adama Dramé provoque, de son grand fût, les doigts d’Anindo Chatterjee. Dialogues d’intuition. Le Bernois Stephan Rigert, créateur de fusion depuis plusieurs années, ne s’est pas contenté de jeter là quelques belles intentions. Il a demandé à Marc Liebeskind de composer un répertoire dévolu a cette formation. Une moisson de thèmes ou les timbres se marient, ou les usages de l’improvisation se confrontent. Il faut voir l’articulation fleuve de Lassana Diabaté succéder au phrasé rompu de Marc Liebeskind. Il faut entendre combien ce septet tente de transcender la séduction de la différence. Sept musicalités, plutôt que sept enracinés.” A.R


released May 10, 2002


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New Healing Sounds Geneva, Switzerland

New Healing Sounds is a label created in 2009 by Marc Liebeskind to release the music he plays as a musician & as a producer & sound engineer.
All the recording were made by the "Nomad Hip Studio" in different places in the planet. Some recording were made in India, either in Africa or in Europe.

Banner photo © Melitta Tchaicovsky
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