Exploring the links between European and Asian transcendental music traditions, Jaadu is a collaboration between the French musical voyager Titi Robin and one of the greatest exponents of Qawwali, singer Faiz Ali Faiz.
Free Stage 6.45 - 7.15pm Kadialy Kouyate & Sound Archive
Robin’s group bring Gypsy yearning to bear on Faiz Ali Faiz’s ecstatic vocalizations, with electrifying results. Seyir is Cretan lyre player Ross Daly’s latest project; a captivating dialogue from the Eastern Mediterranean which fuses Greek and Turkish traditions.
Both Faiz Ali Faiz and Titi Robin have long been fascinated by other musical worlds, Faiz Ali Faiz pursuing collaborations with flamenco artists and Robin with Rajasthani dance musicians. Since their first concert together in August 2006 their musical dialogue, with its strong gypsy and flamenco roots, has been a developing project, combining innovation and tradition in an intensely powerful stage act.
'Profound and inspirational new music.' Songlines
'This isn’t qawwali plus some novel colouring, but a real meeting of minds and styles. Although the poetry comes from the qawwali repertoire – in Urdu, Punjabi and Saraiki – the music is by Titi Robin and recognisably so, although Faiz Ali Faiz and his group lend it dramatic qawwali charisma.' Songlines magazine on Jaadu (Accords Croisés)
"There was a truly transcendental musical confluence in the Barbican last night. Pakistani devotional singing met fiery Spanish flamenco." The Evening Standard on Faiz Ali Faiz performance at the Barbican as part of Ramadan Nights (2007)