Taffetas

by New Healing Sounds

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Ibrahima Galissa : Kora
Marc Liebeskind : guitar
Christophe Erard : bass
Fracesca Cassio : voice on Yay Balma & Taffetas


Songlines “Top 10, Top of the World” Review by Nigel Williamson
“Taffetas have come up with something rare these days … an indescribably beautiful and wholly original sound… totally fresh and unique”

African Business
“Mix and match culture: unique Swiss-African blend . Every once in a while a group of musicians from different musical backgrouds come together, bringing with them a whole host of cultural experiences and unique musical talents. Between them they manage to create something fresh and intoxicating.
Taffetas is one such group of musicians, they created something unique that has compulsory listening stamped all over it.”

Diaspora
“This is the heavy favorite for most beautiful CD of the year, I haven’t heard anything as wonderful since Tunde Jegede’s Lamentation . They clearly have been playing for years. It is the first CD I’ve listened to completely through four times in two days in a long time. It is superb.”

Mojo (review by David Hutcheon)
“It is a dreamy, double-chocolate confection, perfect for watching clouds go by. If it lacks the complete mastery of Toumani Diabate’s New Ancient Strings that’s no real complaint because it is still hypnotic, compelling and luscious, each track packing in enough dynamism, artistry and individual moments to savour.”

Vibrations, Elisabeth Stoudmann
« Un nouveau trio de cordes acoustiques invente des sonorités inédites » “Taffetas, frappe d’emblée par ses sonorités nouvelles, par son souffle puissant, par l’espace qui s’en dégage. Les cordes se séduisent, se frôlent et s’emballent sans tomber dans le piège du disque de kora virtuose ni dans celui du projet de fusion douteux. Un album qui s’écoute comme il s’est fait : d’une seule traite.

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released February 2, 2004

From www.psychemusic.org
I had already noticed in the release from Thee, Stranded Horse (here) how beautiful the African kora sounded in combination with acoustic guitar. The kora sounds a bit harp-like, has aspects from the Celtic harp as if touching the strings inside as well (the Celtic Harp with 5 or 7 strings is said to be related to 5 or 7 inner strings to touch), the same sensitivity I sense here too. But the instrument is also played with typical African ideas. To some degree this is typical for the instrument interpretation of this African touch sounds as if the theme and idea is compensated or better an uplifted version of the Afro-hypnotic rhythmic trance music but also dance music, here it becomes something from a much higher sensitive and more meditative musical level. Fast improvised fingerpickings are combined with pattern based repetitions of rhythmic melodies. But also jazz-like guitar leads or comes in spontaneously, or African-guitar ideas wind perfectly, Indian-flavoured sit-guitar (from his own fabrication) and so on, played always in a perfect vivid combination. And some wordless singing (slightly Indian flavoured) spontaneously comes forward here too, like a blossoming birth coming forward, fading in as if imagined from the music itself. Here and there we hear a subtle additional instrument, always melted with the rest, like I almost forgot to mention the soft touch of upright bass. Brilliant eternal music : I can keep on listening to this album again and again and again. Ad finitum.

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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.



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