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‐‐‐ Sunday, January 24th ‐‐‐ MIDEM Opening Night Party South Africa at MIDEM 2010 – Celebrating Africa’s Music In partnership with France Inter Master of Ceremony Mangaliso Ngema With the Themba Mkhize Backing Band Themba Mkhize – musical director, piano Silas Fuphe – guitar Tseke Manasoe – keyboards Vuyo Simeon Manyike – bass guitar Mabeleng Moholo – percussions Robert Watson – drums Nokukhanya Dlamini – backing vocals Eunice Harris – backing vocals Mbuso Khoza – backing vocals Martinez Hotel, Ballroom (800) 20.00 > 20.30 Master of Ceremony Mangaliso Ngema & Static Plastic www.tvsa.co.za/actorprofile.asp?actorID=5405 www.myspace.com/staticplastic Martinez Hotel, Ballroom (800) 20.30 > 20.45 Zuluboy Native Rhythms ● South Africa Mdumiseni Ntuli – guitar Luvuyo Tyolo – backing vocals
Zuluboy – vocals Accompanied by the Themba Mkhize Backing Band © DR Zuluboy is an uncompromisingly ethnic hip‐hop rapper who left his hometown of Durban in 2001 for Johannesburg to follow a musical training at Dorkay House, the rehearsal room of 2
many successful dancers, singers and actors and symbol of black artists' resistance to apartheid during the '50s and '60s. Zuluboy has performed and recorded with numerous artists including Tumi and the Volume, Jah Seed, Young Nations, Guru, Jay‐Z and more. He has done workshops in Europe with participants ranging from 15 to 25 years old on ethnic music and rap compositions, using 'equal chances' as a theme. His latest album ‘Masihambisane’ was released in 2009 through EMI South Africa. www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLlsXyljVcM www.myspace.com/zuluboyhiphop Martinez Hotel, Ballroom (800) 20.45 > 21.10 Themba Mkhize Sony BMG ● South Africa Themba Mkhize – piano, musical director Accompanied by the Themba Mkhize Backing Band © DR Since his 1999 award‐winning debut album ‘Tales From The South,’ until his third and latest recording ‘Hands On,’ pianist, composer and producer Themba Mkhize continues to paint South African traditional rhythmscapes on the jazz canvass. Mkhize is mixing elements of traditional South African rhythms with many jazz influences, to produce a distinct SAfro beat. A member of the political and musical stage play Buwa, which featured a host of exiled South African musicians during apartheid, musical director Themba Mkhize is conducting the South African at MIDEM 2010 Backing Band for this special Tribute to the Legends. www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT4XfRS0Ims www.music.org.za/artist.asp?id=85 Martinez Hotel, Ballroom (800) 21.10 > 21.25 Kurt Darren Select Music ● South Africa Kurt Darren – vocals Accompanied by the Themba Mkhize Backing Band © DR Pretoria native pop singer, Kurt Darren, recorded his first album ‘For Your Precious Love’ in 1995, sang ballads for years across South Africa, and reached stardom with his 2002 famed 5th album ‘Meisie Meisie.’ Undisputed multi‐platinum prince of Afrikaans music, Darren won four South African Music Awards, produced a dozen popular albums and sold millions of CDs. 3
In 2008, the singer was invited to perform at former president Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday in Hyde Park, London. On his websites, the star shares almost everything with the audience about his life, with confidences such as : ‘Something nobody knows about Kurt Darren: he can't sleep with socks on or with his feet under a blanket.’ www.myspace.com/kurtdarrenofficialmyspacesite www.kurtdarren.co.za Martinez Hotel, Ballroom (800) 21.25 > 21.45 Nothembi Nothembi & Son Music ● South Africa Nothembi – vocals, guitars Accompanied by the Themba Mkhize Backing Band © DR Born in 1953 in a family with a great musical tradition, long before becoming the African ‘Ndebele Queen of Music,’ Nothembi left her rural homeland in 1977 to look for a better life and job in Pretoria. She did not get any formal education, because her family could not afford her schooling, and used to sign her contracts with an X, until her third album. In 1994, she performed at the introduction of the first South African Black president, Nelson Mandela. Folk singer Nothembi is now considered an absolute and widely‐respected South African rock star. www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Tg5T‐FYbro Martinez Hotel, Ballroom (800) 22.00 > 22.20 Jozi Ghetto Ruff ● South Africa Zolani Kali – dancer Emmanuel Khoza – dancer Lesley Mampe – lead vocal Ishmael Morabe – lead vocal © DR Jozi is one of the hottest hip hop crew in South Africa and their name is derived from a shortened version of Johannesburg (Jo’burg‐Jozi), where they reside. Lead vocalist Ishmael ‘Ish’ Morabe gained extensive experience and exposure when he toured with the likes of the Fugees and Public Enemy. When Akon, Kanye West, 50 Cent, The Game and Nas came to South Africa, Jozi was instantaneously called upon to open for these international Hip Hop 4
artists. The group really made their mark when they won the Best Live Performance at the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards. The Jozi boys are the complete package, with one of the best stage acts on the local scene. This is a crew that definitely needs to be seen and heard ! www.myspace.com/jozimuthalandcrunk Martinez Hotel, Ballroom (800) 22.35 > 23.00 The Parlotones Sovereign Entertainment ● South Africa Kahn Morbee – vocals, guitar Paul Hodgson – guitar Neil Pauw – drums Glenn Hodgson – bass, keyboards © DR Selected last year as a MidemTalent, The Parlotones are back for the 2010 Opening Night Tribute to the Legends. The rock band is known for its electric, polished stage performances delivered against the backdrop of their deftly crafted and darkly romantic lyrics. Things really took off in 2005 with the release of ‘Radiocontrolledrobot.’ This debut album was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2006 South Africa Music Awards and won ! The awards kept on coming as The Parlotones embarked on a 2009 world tour. Their sound, described as alternative in their formative years and influenced by the likes of Muse, Radiohead and the Smiths, has evolved substantially, becoming more refined and focused with each album. www.myspace.com/theparlotones www.theparlotones.co.uk Martinez Hotel, Ballroom (800) 23.15 > 23.40 Thandiswa Mazwai Gallo Music ● South Africa Nokwazi Dlamini – backing vocals Thandiswa Mazwai – vocals Sibusiso Motosoeneng – bass Sunnyboy Mthimunye – guitar Sisa Sopazi – drums Thabang Tabane – percussion © DR 5
Ever since she burst into the public’s consciousness as the lead vocalist and song writer of award winning group Bongo Maffin, Thandiswa Mazwai has been an indelible part of the South African cultural landscape. The band became widely recognized as the voice of South Africa’s conscious youth, was invited to perform all over the world and shared the stage with musical icons such as Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles. As a solo artist, amongst many recognitions, Thandiswa was awarded Best Female Artist at the 2005 South Africa Music Awards. Her latest 2009 album ‘Iboke,’ incorporates a wide range of styles and sounds where dancehall and reggae, jazz and funk, Xhosa and Zulu traditional rhythms and melodies co‐exist peacefully. www.myspace.com/thandiswaofficial www.thandiswa.co.za Martinez Hotel, Ballroom (800) Interludes Black Coffee Soulistic Music ● South Africa © DR In 1990, 12 year old Nathi Maphumulo lost one arm in a car crash. The boy kept working on his dream, spinning discs at township parties and, as a member of successful vocal house group Shana, he won a South Africa Music Award and had numerous hits. Now 33 years old, Black Coffee is one of the most respected names on the local dance scene and one of South Africa’s best known DJ/producers internationally. Through his own label, Soulistic Music, he recently released a third album ‘Home Brewed,’ full of tasty, deep, soulful house sounds. ‘I didn't want people to feel pity for me, or single me out as “that DJ with one hand.” I wanted to make my mark, not as the disabled DJ but as Black Coffee. We have started a DJ Black Coffee Foundation to assist the needs of disabled children.’ www.myspace.com/realblackcoffee Martinez Hotel, Ballroom (800) Interludes DJ Christos Katsaitis Music ● South Africa © DR In 1998, DJ Christos received a South Africa Music Award for best dance album, with partner Vinny Da Vinci, and since then received four more SAMAs for groundbreaking work, including Album Of The Year in 2008. The launch of DJ Christos’ own label, Katsaitis Music, has met with international success, with releases from Real Tone Records and Go‐Go Music. From behind the mixing desk, DJ Christos produced some of the biggest tracks of the recent past, including Simply Hot And Naturally African’s 2008 smash hit ‘Uyangichomela.’ A 6
veteran of over two decades, DJ Christos has been named the Godfather of house music in South Africa. www.djchristos.com Martinez Hotel, Ballroom (800) Interludes Static Plastic afrodesiaMP3.com ● South Africa © DR Static Plastic is one of the most resilient players in the South African dance music game, with a lengthy list of accomplishments that incorporates two decades of top notch production and party‐sparking action. This DJ first put needle to vinyl in 1987, beginning a soon to be auspicious spinning profession. Having secured a firm footing on various dance floors, when the mind shifting music and new nightlife style known as rave exploded in the early 90s, Static Plastic was in exactly the right place and headspace. As man of multiple talents, Static Plastic has gathered foot stomping momentum and a mountain of respect in his two decades in the dance game – long may his beat go on… www.myspace.com/staticplastic South Africa at MIDEM 2010 – Celebrating Africa’s Music In partnership with France Inter Martinez Hotel, Salon Acajou (350) 20.00 > 20.30 Master of Ceremony Michelle Constant & DJ Christos www.tvsa.co.za/actorprofile.asp?actorID=8420 www.djchristos.com 7
Martinez Hotel, Salon Acajou (350) 20.30 > 20.50 Maletangwao Cultural Troupe Do Jam Productions ● South Africa Lorato Malpane – vocals Moeti Molefe – dancer Kganetso Mogorosi – vocals Mampe Mosala – dancer Tshiamiso Seokolo – vocals Akanyang Sethibelo – dancer Refilwe Thwane – dancer © DR The full Maletangwao Cultural Troupe consists of a group of about 30 committed young dancers and singers, including recognized dance legends appearing on the MIDEM stage. The Troupe is also a cultural project that unearths and reveals the dance talents of the South African north‐west provinces and Botswana. Their 2009 second album ‘Ke Itewa Ke Letswalo’ was a popular and a commercial hit. It crowned a four year ascending recognition of this government‐supported Maletangwao Cultural Troupe. www.oneworld.co.za/index.php?main_page=product_music_info&cPath=1_18&products_id=5170 Martinez Hotel, Salon Acajou (350) 21.10 > 21.35 Tidal Waves Sheer Sound ● South Africa Jacobus Mans – guitar Molabe Mmakola – keyboards Shadrack Mathopa – bass Tebogo Shoai – drums, vocals Zonisile Wulana – vocals, guitar © DR In the tradition of South African Maskandi and Mbaqanga Zulu traditional music, the sound of Tidal Waves has original reggae roots with strong rock, ska and blues influences. The band is renowned for performing music in English, Afrikaans, Setswana and Tshivhenda. Like all good reggae, their lyrics are socially conscious and uplifting, railing against the government for not respecting the Rainbow Nation and imploring their fans to stand up for integration. Other songs have deeply rooted anti‐war sentiments or lament the sad tales of urban South African poverty and the struggle to survive as musicians in the global capitalist economy. The 2009 launch tour of the band’s latest album ‘Manifesto’ marked the 10 year anniversary of Tidal Waves. www.myspace.com/tidalwavestunes 8
Martinez Hotel, Salon Acajou (350) 21.55 > 22.20 Lira Sony Africa ● South Africa Mphumelelo Dlamini – saxophone, keyboards Petrus Mngomezulu – keyboards Moipone Molapo – vocals © DR Tshepo Sekele – bass Grant Tregellas – guitar Joshua – Zacheus Wonderfully gifted and sublime young South African singer Lira is a real ‘feel good’ and soulful jazz and R’nB sensation who’s popularity stretches beyond the borders of South Africa. Lira’s desire to be a musician came early – she wrote her first song at just 16 and never really stopped. “It was an epiphany for me – at that moment I realised that I could express myself creatively through music and that people got it.” What was remarkable from the start was Lira’s ability to reach out and touch the widest spread of music fans, young and old, black and white. She is now established as a crossover artist capable of delivering to everyone from hip, black urbanistas to suburban grannies and everyone in‐between. With her latest album ‘Saul In Mind,’ Lira earned four 2009 South African Music Awards, including Best Female Artist and Album of the Year. www.myspace.com/missliramusic www.griot.de/lira.html Martinez Hotel, Salon Acajou (350) 22.40 > 23.00 Wouter Kellerman Kellerman Music ● South Africa Silas Fuphe – guitar Wouter Kellerman – flute Ratshepe Makhene – bass Themba Mkhize – piano Malamine Sonko – percussion © DR Wouter Kellerman is widely considered to be South Africa's foremost flautist, taking his crossover world music to a large audience. A breathtaking journey through African, Latin, Jazz, Tango and Celtic sounds, Kellerman’s 2007 debut album ‘Colour’ received rave reviews, topped the charts and has been nominated for a 2008 South African Music Award for Best Instrumental Album. Also a classical artist, Kellerman appeared in 1981 as a soloist with the 9
Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra. When listening to Kellerman’s interpretations on the flute, it seems like a complete discovery of the sounds and nuances of this often discrete instrument. Also a composer and a band leader, Kellerman’s stunning ensemble explodes in a dynamic fusion of global sounds, from funky rhythmics to beautiful melodies, jazzy, upbeat and experimental. www.myspace.com/wouterkellerman Martinez Hotel, Salon Acajou (350) 23.10 > 23.35 Vusi Mahlasela Ato Records ● South Africa Vusi Mahlasela – guitar © DR Born Vusi Sidney Mahlasela Ka Zwane in 1965 in Lady Selborne, South Africa, Mahlasela became enchanted by music at an early age, building his first guitar out of tin and fishing line. Reared in Mamelodi Township, a vibrant artist community where he still resides, he gravitated toward poetry and songwriting as a teen, eventually joining youth organizations protesting South Africa's separatist, white government. An accomplished guitarist, percussionist, composer, arranger, band leader and performer, Mahlasela has bridged generations at home and abroad. His sound is a hybrid of folk, world, blues and soul, one that connects South Africa's Apartheid‐scarred past with its promise for a better future. Over the years of world‐wide touring and spreading his message, Mahlasela has remained true to his roots. www.myspace.com/vusimahlasela www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1l6‐vyvW6M www.vusimahlasela.com Interludes by Black Coffee, DJ Christos and Static Plastic. 10
MidemTalent Presented by MIDEM & Sonicbids In partnership with SACEM, Deezer, Fip, Fnac.com, MusikWoche, VIP Booking Carlton Hotel, Salon Zéphyr (550) 19.00 > 19.40 Hindi Zahra EMI Blue Note ● France Lawrence Clais – drums Abdenour Djemai – guitars Nicolas Leisnard – keyboards Thomas Naïm – guitars Hindi Zahra – vocals © ANA TRATTLES Her Berber and Tuareg origins provide Hindi Zahra with an exceptional and beautiful melodic range, in Arabic, French and English languages. Her music and composition also shine with North African influences in a very acoustic and dry sound, punctuated by percussion and hand clapping. Her music has been called ‘an ancestral blues, original jazz and oriental vibration.’ Hindi was born in Morocco in a family of Berber artists, including renowned Amazigh band Oudaden, and was initiated to traditional Gnaoua music, as well as discovering Bob Dylan, Bob Marley’s reggae, then Ali Farka Touré’s Malian blues and Ismaël Lo’s sensual folk music. With her very moving voice, with Billie Holiday accents, Hindi Zahra’s music is singular and different from anything else you will hear in the MidemTalent selection. www.myspace.com/zahrahindi Carlton Hotel, Salon Zéphyr (550) 20.00 > 20.40 Hafdís Huld, Iceland Red Grape Records ● United Kingdom Sarah Croft – keyboard, backing vocals Hafdis Huld – vocals Steve Ling – guitar Alisdair Wright – guitar, ukulele, banjo © JASON SHELDON 11
Hafdís Huld toured the world as a 15 year old, with iconic Icelandic band GusGus. She later studied at the London Centre of Contemporary Music, graduating with Distinction in 2006. Her debut album ‘Dirty Paper Cup’ was released in 2006 and won the Best Pop Album Award at the Icelandic Music Awards. Then Hafdís attended venues and festivals across the UK and Europe. She was one of the guest vocalists on Tricky's 2008 album ‘Knowle West Boy’ and in 2009 she recorded her second solo album ‘Synchronised Swimmers’. Two singles went to number one in the Icelandic singles chart and the album is due to be released in the rest of the world in early 2010. Imagine Hafdís Huld’s gentle and fragile voice when she says : ‘Now I can proudly put the job title Musician behind my name in the Icelandic phone book. But I won't be doing that anytime soon, because Glittery Fairy Princess sounds much more professional to me.’ The Princess on stage is a phenomenon. www.myspace.com/hafdishuld www.hafdishuld.com Carlton Hotel, Salon Zéphyr (550) 21.00 > 21.40 Wayne Beckford, United Kingdom BorderBlaster ● Sweden Robin Akerman – guitar Peter Andren – bass Oskar Appelqvist – keyboards Wayne Beckford – vocals Karl Frid – trombone Nils Janson – trumpet Sebastian Lilja – guitar Laurie Monel – vocals China Moses – vocals © DR You want to move, you want a show, you want dynamite ? We got Wayne Beckford for you. Songwriter, composer, arranger and producer, Wayne ‘Beatoven’ Beckford has worked with some of the main international urban artists such as Akon, Robyn, T‐Pain, Seal, Beenie Man, Slum Village, Blue, Beverly Knight, UB40 and many more. He has earned his reputation as a renaissance man of European urban music. In 2009, focusing on his own carrier as a singer, he recorded his first personal album ‘Change’. Beckford plays the guitar, bass, drums and can really sing too ! A mix of funk, pop, R’nB, reggae and club music, the album ‘Change’ is a clever and powerful musical crossover. The industry is longing for Change – the new sound that will bring a revolution for pop and urban music ! www.myspace.com/waynebeatoven Interludes by Danton Eeprom (Fondation / Infine ● France) www.myspace.com/dantonrocks 12
Talent Jazz In partnership with Deezer, Fip, Fnac.com, MusikWoche, VIP Booking Carlton Hotel, Salon Zéphyr (550) 22.00 > 22.40 Sophie Hunger Two Gentlemen Records ● Switzerland Michael Flury – trombone Sophie Hunger – vocals, piano, guitar Christian Prader – flute, piano, guitar © BENOIT PEVERELLI Sophie Hunger grew up in London, Germany and Switzerland. She was first noticed in 2006 with a home recorded album. And 2008 ‘Monday’s Ghost’ is her first studio work. It’s been called an ‘obsessive, spooky and beautiful album (…) distinguished with unquiet charm.’ Right on. Charm rushes at once right from the first title ‘Shape.’ Sophie Hunger’s stunning voice catches attention on the spot. Something both beautiful and mysterious is right there : promising, engaging, immediately moving, from English to Swiss‐German languages, with a unique common tone. Michael Flury’s magnificent trombone is a solid counterpoint to Hunger’s voice, compositions and melodies feel like simple folk‐pop‐jazz ballads. Definitely an ‘unquietly’ beautiful ensemble, often melancholic, always vivid and alive. Sophie Hunger : here’s a beautiful voice, full of young life and mature altogether. Just beautiful. www.myspace.com/sophiehunger Midem Jazz Club presents Catalan Jazz Night Carlton Hotel, Salon Zéphyr (550) 23.10 > 00.10 Giulia Valle Group Spain ● Fresh New Talent / Blue Moon Gorka Benitez – tenor sax Marco Mezquida – piano, fender rhodes Marti Serra – soprano, tenor sax Giulia Valle – double bass David Xirgu – drums © JUAN MIGUEL MORALES 13
Energetic and melancholic melodies, taking us for a ride on never expected paths. A dazzling permanent succession of feelings of sadness and joy, responding to one another. The Giulia Valle Group is all about musical storytelling. For the audience, it’s just fascinating and feels very good. Behind her double bass, Giulia seems like a frail woman. Her musical compositions say otherwise : this band leader’s musical voice is grand and allows each of the musicians to contribute and express his own voice. Giulia Valle gathered exceptional jazzmen around her, like sax and flute master Gorka Benitez. ‘Danza Imprevista’ is the recently‐
released Giulia Valle Group’s second album. And the title is right on the money : danza/dancing is taking place on every level – between the musicians’ musical lines, dancing between the mixed sentiments of sadness and joy, and the invitation to physically dance on the music’s glorious rhythms – and imprevista/unplanned is precisely the feeling that makes us eager to follow the compositions, although this unplanned feeling is induced by music carefully and incredibly well planned. Thank you, Giulia ! www.giuliavalle.com www.myspace.com/giuliavalle Carlton Hotel, Salon Zéphyr (550) 00.30 > 01.30 Xavier Dotras Trio Spain ● Picap Xavier Dotras – piano Cesar Martinez – drums Toni Pujol – double bass © DR And here’s a bona fide perfect jazz trio. Selected by MIDEM for this exceptional Catalan Jazz Night, the Xavier Dotras Trio recorded three albums, in 2004, 2006 and 2009. The last album is called ‘Vincent,’ as an hommage to the painter Vincent van Gogh, and features the gentle voice of Carme Canela. Basque sax and flute star, and Giulia Valle Group member Gorka Benitez also took part in several of this trio’s recordings (come on Gorka, would you please join the guys on stage !?) Xavier Dotras’ music is very melodic and fluid, with a clear piano sound up front. Each of the three instruments seem to leave as much musical space as possible for the other two, in a sensitive musical dialog. It’s cosy and nice. A great way to end this Sunday night. www.myspace.com/xavierdotrastrio www.xavierdotras.com 14
Morrison’s Irish Pub & Morrison Lounge Fringe is organised and produced by Morrison’s, Cannes Fringe 21.30 – 22.30 : Mafalda Minnozzi, Italy (Musica Popolare Italiana ● Italy / Brazil 23.00 – 00.00 : Odette Albani (Marbles Records ● UK) ‐‐‐ Monday, January 25th ‐‐‐ Japan Night Martinez Hotel, Salon Acajou (350) 18.00 > 18.25 Amwe Synca / Joint Records ● Japan Amwe – DJ Stéphane Hervé – DJ © DR Japanese winner of the 2009 ‘Diesel:U:Music’ contest, Amwe has performed at ‘Summer Sonic’ (biggest rock festival in Japan) and she is rising to fame as a new and hot electro‐pop artist. Here is a young and talented artist exploring and developing an original electronic sound with English and Japanese singing. Her debut album ‘I Am Amwe’ was released in October 2009 from Synca and the title ‘Friction Between The Lovers’ has been released on the latest ‘Kitsuné Maison 8’ compilation. www.myspace.com/iamamwe Martinez Hotel, Salon Acajou (350) 18.35 > 19.00 Ayaka Ikio Rainbow Entertainment ● Japan Ayaka Ikio – vocals Yoko Ogawa – DJ © RAINBOW ENTERTAINMENT 15
Ayaka Ikio is an icon of the new Japanese electro‐pop generation : both a model and a singer, her specially acid sound and her strong personality made a difference. Her debut album ‘Re: Acid Queen’ was released in January 2009 and her second album ‘GOSSIP’ was released in July 2009 and reached number 1 on the iTunes dance music chart. About the sexually explicit lyrics of her songs : ‘I can’t be the perfect cute girl, it’s not in my nature and I’m rather boyish. But I thought I would be cool for a girl to speak so directly.’ www.myspace.com/ayakaikio Martinez Hotel, Salon Acajou (350) 19.10 > 19.35 Kimeru Absolute Records ● Japan © ABSOLUTE PRODUCTIONS J‐pop male singer Kimeru gained his fame with his musical work on the anime ‘Prince of Tennis’. He also ventured into theater, appearing in the Japanese productions of Broadway plays ‘Pippin’ and ‘Titanic.’ However, Kimeru’s most important focus goes on his live performances as he runs nationwide concert tours every year. Evolving in an up‐beat pop universe with synthesizers and samples all over, Kimeru writes his own lyrics and follows a singular musical path, with many die‐hard fans flying in from other countries to attend his concerts. www.myspace.com/kimeru Created in Taiwan Martinez Hotel, Salon Acajou (350) 21.00 > 21.30 Crowd Lu Team Ear Music ● Taiwan © DR 24 year‐old indie singer, songwriter, and composer Crowd Lu began learning to play the guitar at the hospital after a serious car accident. Two years later, Lu was awarded ‘Best Newcomer’ and ‘Best Composer’ at the 2009 Golden Melody Awards, one of the most important musical recognition in Taiwan, after previously winning Tamkang University’s 2008 Golden Youth Award for Creative Songwriting as a solo artist, as well as National Chengchi University’s Golden Spiral Award for Creativity and Best Popularity.. www.team‐ear.com http://cfensi.wordpress.com/2008/12/04/crowd‐lu‐high‐notes‐not‐even‐a‐bus‐could‐run‐over Martinez Hotel, Salon Acajou (350) 16
21.50 > 22.20 Panai & Message International Cultural Educational Facility ● Taiwan Ku Sui Panai – guitars Napu Istandan Husungan – vocals Chen Yung Tu – percussions, flute, vocals Chih‐Yun Chang – vocals I‐Ching Tseng – vocals Ming‐Lung Kuo – guitars Chih‐Hao Tu – guitars Szu‐Yu Fu – vocals Chi‐San Wang – bass Mei‐Lien Chuang – vocals Yu‐Chen Ke – vocals © DR The father of Panai is an aboriginal of the Puyuma tribe, and her mother is from the Amis tribe. Panai is a folk singer with rich experiences of travelling performances. The Message band was assembled with the desire to carry the words of the tribes and assist the aboriginal people to rebuild personal values and increase their pride and autonomy on the island. Panai & Message’s latest solo album, ‘A Piece of Blue,’ is full of lulling, soothing sounds and poetic musings that transport the listeners to the ocean side setting of Panai’s home in Taitung. www.panai‐pah.com Martinez Hotel, Salon Acajou (350) 22.40 > 23.10 Mavis & 100% Vegetarian Fish Ltd ● Taiwan Hsiao‐Shuan Fan – vocals Chih‐Hsiung Chen – guitars Yen‐Chi Chen – bass Po‐Chang Jen – drums © JOANNE CHENG Since 1995, little Mavis acted in commercials and movies, released several popular Mandarin ballad singles and successfully reinterpreted cartoons theme songs, while assuming the role of a little witch who possessed magical powers. She went on to produce music, even extending her projects to incorporate experimental electronic sounds. With her new album ‘Innocent,’ the pop‐sweetheart‐turned‐rocker reverts to her childhood memories for inspirations, accompanied by her innocent hearted band 100%. http://vegetarian‐fish.com/index1.htm 17
British Acoustic The British Music at MIDEM group comprises AIM, British Academy of Composers & Songwriters, BPI, The BRIT Awards, MCPS‐PRS‐Alliance, Music Publishers Association, PPL, UK Music, UK Trade & Investment, Welsh Music Foundation, Art Council England, Creative Business Wales. Martinez Hotel, Ballroom (800) 18.05 > 18.30 Bobby Long Unsigned Bobby Long – vocals, guitars, harmonica © L. SERRANO London‐based songwriter Bobby Long co‐wrote with Marcus Foster the song ‘Let Me Sign’ for the blockbuster film ‘Twilight,’ which debuted n°1 on the Billboard Charts. Bobby Long embarked on the 2009 ‘Dangerous Summer Tour,’ playing 80 dates in America. He has been writing and recording new songs ever since and it’s been said that Bobby Long ‘weaves life into his tapestry of tales, creating a journey filled with springboards of emotion as he paints vibrant and colourful pictures. He breathes a labyrinth of imagery that is so fragile and heartrending – it’s impossible to let go.’ It’s also been said that Bobby Long’s music is ‘like drops of rain on a bull fighters back.’ There. www.myspace.com/musicbobbylong Martinez Hotel, Ballroom (800) 18.35 > 19.00 Katy Shotter Unsigned Katy Shotter – vocals, keyboards © SIMON JESSOP 21 year old singer, pianist and songwriter Katy ‘Kats’ Shotter is successfully following a dream. After being classically trained on the piano from the age of four, music was the one only thing that Katy knew she wanted to do in her life. She taught herself how to sing in her bedroom by imitating artists like Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder. Her influences range from Ray Charles, Alicia Keys and Amy Winehouse to Erykah Badu, Mahalia Jackson and Ella Fitzgerald. Her first big break into the industry happened when Katy won the British TV talent show ‘Chancers,’ resulting in a recording contract and the opportunity 18
to support Beyonce Knowles on her UK tour, then in Spain, America and Canada. And here she is now on the MIDEM 2010 British Acoustic stage. www.myspace.com/katyshotter Martinez Hotel, Ballroom (800) 19.05 > 19.30 Robinson Palawan Music ● United Kingdom Ben Lee – cello John‐Joe Murray – fiddle Andy Robinson – vocals, guitar © JAMES COLLIER Equipped with one guitar, violin and cello, and an obviously strong personality, Robinson is a gripping new‐comer. His inspirations are endless and ongoing, from the readings of Charles Bukowski and the other down and out beats, to the darker gothic sounds of eastern Europe. Whether it be guitar, piano, clarinet or sax, Robinson’s melodies are pulled from many lovers. Robinson insists that this family background has been a trigger for his creativity; however, his music is driven by the influence of Dylan and Waits. Released in December 2009, Robinson’s debut single ‘First Time’ has already been declared ‘My favorite single of the year’ by Radio 2’s Janice Long. And Robinson’s track ‘Happiness,’ from his forthcoming album, was also distinguished as Radio 2’s ‘Record of the Day’. www.myspace.com/andyrobinsons www.therobinsonmusic.com Martinez Hotel, Ballroom (800) 19.35 > 20.00 The Yeah You’s Island Records ● United Kingdom Nick Ingram – vocals, guitar Mike Kintish – piano, vocals © DR ‘I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning...’ The song is called ‘Getting Up With You,’ you’ve heard it, or you will, and you’ll be humming it along thru the day. The Yeah You’s are fun and fresh and colorful and creative. Just check out Nick and Mike’s websites. Mike : ‘I moved to London from Manchester six years ago as I heard the streets were paved in gold. They're not. They're paved in drunks, slabs and bird poo.’ Nick : ‘I always wanted to be a singer. I never wanted to do anything else. That's why I trained as an actor.’ Mike : Nick’s 19
voice was incredible. I was prepared to exploit his talent, even if it meant working him to the death. He was expendable.’ Nick : ‘We spoke on the phone a lot. “You alright, mate ?” I’d say. “Yeah, you ?” he’d say. “We need a band name” I’d say. “I’ve got no ideas” he’d say. This went on daily. The rest, as they say, is history.’ www.myspace.com/theyeahyous www.theyeahyous.com British at Midem The British Music at MIDEM group comprises AIM, British Academy of Composers & Songwriters, BPI, The BRIT Awards, MCPS‐PRS‐Alliance, Music Publishers Association, PPL, UK Music, UK Trade & Investment, Welsh Music Foundation, Art Council England, Creative Business Wales. Martinez Hotel, Salon Acajou (350) 21.00 > 21.30 Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam Blix Street Records ● United Kingdom Steven Barci – drums Paul Kemmish – bass Davy Knowles – vocals, guitar © DR ‘Davy Knowles is the guitar prodigy who sold the blues to American girls’ said the Sunday Times. ‘As greybeards in the audience nodded to each other in approval, a teenage girl exclaimed ‘Oh my God, I love him !’’, added the Austin Chronicle. Interesting demographics scoring… For a blues artist, one would expect a mature audience, but Davy’s crowd is completely mixed. Produced by Grammy Award winning guitarist Peter Frampton and mixed by Bob Clearmountain (Bruce Springsteen, The Who, Paul McCartney), 22 year old Davy Knowles’ new album ‘Coming Up For Air’ was released on November 2009. The Isle of Man native is proving that blues/rock guitar could well be the very next thing, with a style that unites young and old blues followers. www.myspace.com/davyknowlesbackdoorslam www.davyknowles.com 20
Martinez Hotel, Salon Acajou (350) 21.50 > 22.20 Chipmunk Columbia Records ● United Kingdom Chipmunk – vocals Elliot Fyffe – drums Sarah Jane Skeete – vocals © DR Jahmaal Noel Fyffe is best known by the stage name Chipmunk, which started as a nickname given to him by a friend from Tottenham, England, where he grew up, referring to the unusual shape of his teeth. He chose to use the name Chipmunk after the younger boy was killed, as a way of remembrance. At the age of 15, Chipmunk self‐produced mix tapes and sold CDs to his mates at school. At 17, the boy racked up millions of plays across his MySpace and YouTube channels. That same year 2008, he received a MOBO Award for Best Newcomer and a nomination for Best Rapper at the American BET Awards. He also won Best Hip‐Hop Act at the MOBO Awards 2009, overcoming US mega‐stars such as Jay‐Z, Kanye West and Eminem. Chipmunk is an experienced 19 years old rap stage artist. www.myspace.com/chipmunkartist Martinez Hotel, Salon Acajou (350) 22.40 > 23.30 Newton Faulkner Ugly Truth ● United Kingdom Newton Faulkner – vocals, guitars © BLUE SKY MUSIC There’s good reason why Newton Faulkner’s second album, the follow‐up to 2007’s million‐
selling ‘Number One,’ is called ‘Rebuilt By Humans.’ It’s the same reason he had to delay, at the last minute, its recording by two and a half months, as the singer‐songwriter broke his wrist and dislocated his entire right hand. If you’re a guitarist – and a virtuoso finger‐picking one at that – it’s catastrophic. The slow recovery process turned out in his favour : the delay meant he could write a few more killer songs, including ‘Badman’ and sun‐flecked rootsy ‘Lipstick Jungle.’ For all his alchemical brilliance on the guitar, Faulkner wanted to bring more sonic colours to his palette: listen out for dexterous use of synths, strings, and that bass melodica specially imported from America. Thanks to the fans and to the doctors, Newton Faulkner is back. He may be part metal these days. But he’s all heart and all tunes. www.myspace.com/newtonfaulkner 21
Martinez Hotel, Salon Acajou (350) Interludes Howard Monk The Local ● United Kingdom Howard Monk – DJ © DR DJ Howard Monk is a music professional in every sense : in‐demand drummer with numerous albums and tours to his name, he’s also the founder of The Local, London’s fast‐
growing live music promotion agency. Monk has a 360 degree view on the business of making music and works on a number of projects as a marketing and communications consultant with The Arts Council. You can also catch him MCing at various events around the country – at The Local’s own stage, at The End of the Road Festival, at The Big Session and at The Big Chill. www.myspace.com/howardmonk MidemTalent Presented by MIDEM & Sonicbids In partnership with SACEM, Deezer, Fip, Fnac.com, MusikWoche, VIP Booking Carlton Hotel, Salon Zéphyr (550) 19.00 > 19.40 Lisa Hannigan Hoop Recordings ● Ireland Shane Fitzsimons – bass Gavin Glass – guitars, keyboards, banjo Lisa Hannigan – vocals Donagh Molloy – trumpet, percussions Ross Turner – drums © DR Follow the links below and listen to the song ‘I don’t know’. The very first violin notes transport you to Dublin, or somewhere in the County Meath, where Lisa Hannigan was born. Here’s a wonderful young Irish singer, with her felted and mellow voice and her touching pop folk tunes. ‘Everyone’s a little bit in love with Lisa,’ it’s been said. Hannigan’s chance meeting with singer‐songwriter Damien Rice led to a long period of collaboration and development, from 2001 to 2007, that included Rice’s critically acclaimed albums ‘O’ and ‘9’ 22
and popular songs such as ‘Nine Crimes’ or ‘Volcano.’ Lisa Hannigan then collaborated with many artists, like The Frames or Herbie Hancock. And in 2008, she recorded her first solo album ‘Sea Sew,’ which earned nominations for the Choice Music Prize and the Meteor Music Awards in 2009 and achieved Platinum sales status in Ireland. Go Lisa ! www.myspace.com/lisahannigan www.lisahannigan.ie Carlton Hotel, Salon Zéphyr (550) 20.00 > 20.40 Diving With Andy Universal Music Classics ● France Rémy Galichet – keyboards Julien Perraudeau – bass Juliette Paquereau – vocals Alberto Malo – drums Vincent Brulin – guitars © DR Boy meets girl. Rémy meets Juliette. They share a passion for The Beatles Songbook. She lives in London, he lives in Paris. So Rémy gets together with his friend Julien and they start composing songs for Juliette to sing. Juliette can write too. They work from a distance, thru emails. Benjamin Biolay encourages them to record their first album, called… ‘Diving With Andy.’ And the band was officially born in 2006. ‘Sugar Sugar’ is recorded in 2009. Again, the three friends worked alone on that one. And achieved a detailed and carefully carved pop music outcome. Strings and subtle brass arrangements seem to offer a permanent invitation to daydream. Juliette’s glorious and delicately veiled voice, and Rémy and Julien’s elaborate compositions, continue to explore the idea of a suave and languorous pop music. With us. www.deezer.com/fr/music/diving‐with‐andy www.myspace.com/divingwithandy Carlton Hotel, Salon Zéphyr (550) 21.00 > 21.40 Paco Volume Discograph ● France Paco Volume – vocals, guitars Antoine Boistelle – drums Clément Fonio – bass Frédéric Scamps – keyboards © DR 23
Ah, the communicative refreshing energy of ‘Cookie Machine.’ Oh, the gentle melancholy of ‘Girl in the Choir.’ Paco Volume, intriguing name, no ? The man is French, sings in English and claims absolute admiration for Prince’s ‘Purple Rain.’ ‘Manhattan Baby’ is multi‐
instrumentalist Paco Volume’s first solo pop album, and you could hear little bits of other familiar accents if you dared (David Bowie, Bryan Ferry, David Byrne or Cat Stevens, no less…) After several previous lives (Maya civilization studies, professional wine taster — meeting ‘musicians with alcohol problems and, worse, alcoholics with musical problems’) and a few crossroads (founder of rock bands ‘Napalm Pilot’ and ‘Turbo Crystal’), Paco Volume went solo, composed ‘Manhattan Baby’ and scored this year with rising popular title ‘Cookie Machine.’ On stage, he’s just great, brisk and vibrant. His appearance as a Midem Talent will be fun to attend. www.myspace.com/pacovolume www.facebook.com/pacovolume Interludes by Danton Eeprom (Fondation / Infine ● France) www.myspace.com/dantonrocks Talent Jazz in association with FCM In partnership with Deezer, Fip, Fnac.com, MusikWoche, VIP Booking Carlton Hotel, Salon Zéphyr (550) 22.00 > 22.50 Tigran Hamasyan Quintet, Armenia/USA Plus Loin Records ● France With the support of BNP Paribas Areni Agbabian – vocals Tigran Hamasyan – piano, fender rhodes Sam Minaie – bass Ben Wendel – saxophones, bassoon Nate Wood – drums © PAUL CHARBIT Watch out for this 22 years old rising star ! Behind his piano keys, Tigran Hamasyan delivers a firework of powerful compositions. Rhythms you might feel you’ve never heard before. And yet articulate enough to be followed and enjoyed, and filled with a joyful and communicative energy. Composition lines seem to be running where you don’t expect them to, but yet exactly where this exceptionally gifted artist clearly wants to lead his world. And melodies are there, complex and beautiful, to take you by the hand on these rollercoaster musical journeys. Hamasyan is a young Armenian artist who lives in New York, like his 24
musical gang, and was signed in Paris by a French label. Family home movies show that three‐year old young Tigran could sing Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Queen, trying to accompany himself on piano. Written compositions appeared at the age of 10. The boy played with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock or John McLaughlin when still a teenager and won numerous awards around the world since. Treat yourself tonight, be there. www.myspace.com/tigranhamasyan www.tigranhamasyan.com Midem Jazz Club presents Carte Blanche SACEM In partnership with FIP In parallel to its talent spotting and accompaniment actions, the SACEM Cultural Division collaborates with the whole musical chain (festivals and venues) for the Carte Blanche SACEM programming : concerts inviting creators receiving support and career counselling. This constitutes a major professional opportunity for the songwriters‐performers, offering both a stage experience and an international visibility. Carlton Hotel, Salon Zéphyr (550) 23.10 – 00.10 Louis Winsberg – Jaleo Project France ● e‐motive Records Cédric Baud – saz Sabrina Romero – dance, vocals Miguel Sanchez – cajon Louis Winsberg – guitares © FRANCIS GUERRIER Attend Louis Winsberg’s ‘Jaleo Project’ performance and you’re on for a ride ! This is a specially joyful mix of a strong tradition of flamenco music and culture on one side, and an inspired sound research on ethnic music and rhythmic patterns on the other. Winsberg’s experience is extraordinary. At the age of 12, he was playing the guitar with his gipsy friends ‘Los Reyes,’ soon to become ‘The Gipsy Kings.’ In 1984, Winsberg co‐founded acclaimed jazz‐
fusion band ‘Sixun’ and collaborated with numerous other great artists, like Antoine Illouz, Elisabeth Caumont, Antoine Hervé or Eric Le Lann. Winsberg took part in Claude Nougaro’s praised album ‘Embarquement Immédiat’ and often played with Dee Dee Bridgewater. In 2008, Louis Winsberg was awarded a prestigious ‘Django d’Or’ award, simply because the man is obviously one of the greatests. www.myspace.com/louiswinsberg www.winsberg.com 25
Carlton Hotel, Salon Zéphyr (550) 00.30 > 01.30 Davy Sicard France ● Warner Music Vincent Bellec – percussions Nathalie Lezin – vocals, percussions Massimo Murgia – bass David Robert – guitars Davy Sicard – vocals, percussions, guitars G. VIDAMMENT What a voice ! That’s what strikes first when listening to Davy Sicard. A very pure, clear and sensual voice. A cappella, or sustained by ethnic percussions, magnificent chorus and vocal harmonies and guitars. Native of La Réunion island, Davy Sicard sings in a mesmerizing personal poetic mood about Creole history and culture. Just as he constantly seeks for his own origins and roots thru a luminous and deeply inspired identity quest. You’re invited to follow this quite unique path that links and strongly bonds the world of the ancient with contemporary life and culture. Musical influences are simply dazzling and delightful, from Madagascar to India, Africa to Europe. And the musicality of the Creole language brings us close to the origins of gospel and soul music. Davy Sicard was invited to share the stage by a wide variety of music legends, from Cesaria Evora to James Brown, and he won the TAAC Award for Best Afro‐Caribbean Artist 2009. www.myspace.com/davysicard Morrison’s Irish Pub & Morrison Lounge Fringe is organised and produced by Morrison’s, Cannes Fringe 20.00 – 21.00 : Johnny Favourite (Curve Music ● Canada) 21.30 – 22.10 : Mic Boogie (Costa Music ● Canada) 22.10 – 22.30 : Amanda Mora (Costa Music ● Canada) 23.00 – 00.00 : Blues Power Band (France) 00.30 – 01.30 : Besac Arthur (Belgium) 26
‐‐‐ Tuesday, January 26th ‐‐‐ Midem Classical Awards Palais des Festivals, Auditorium Debussy (1066) 20.00 – 22.00 With Sinfonietta Cracovia conducted by John Axelrod In partnership with: Crescendo, Fono Forum, IAMA, IMZ, klassik.com, MDR, Musica, Musik & Theater, ORF, Pizzicato, Radio Orpheus, resmusica.com, Scherzo, The Gramophone, Viva Classica. Broadcasted live by France Musique, Radio 100.7 (Luxemburg), Polskie Radio (Poland) Hosted by Marie‐Nicole Lemieux and James Jolly On stage: Elìna Garanča – mezzo soprano, Latvia Christian Gerhaher – baritone, Germany King’s Singers – United Kingdom Sandrine Piau – soprano, France Marie‐Nicole Lemieux – contralto, Canada Jan Lisiecki – piano, Canada/Poland José Franch‐Ballester – clarinet, Spain This year, the MIDEM Classical Awards celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Polish composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin. Specially assembled 70 musicians orchestra Sinfonietta Cracovia will be conducted by Maestro Jacek Kaspszyk. The Concerto for piano and orchestra n°1 in E minor ‐ op. 11 will be interpreted by 14‐year old prodigy pianist Jan Lisiecki. Amongst this year’s 10 Special Awards presentations, soprano Italian Diva Mirella Freni will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. The ceremony will be hosted by contralto Canadian singer Marie‐Nicole Lemieux and Gramophone Editor‐in‐chief James Jolly. This show will be broadcasted live and the doors will close at 19.50 sharp. www.midemclassicalawards.com 27
Austrian Music Box Martinez Hotel, Salon Acajou (350) 18.30 – 18.55 Valérie Sony Music ● Austria Silvio Berger – drums David Blabensteiner – keyboards Philip Riegler – guitars Valerie Sajdik – vocals Peter Schönbauer – bass © DR Austrian pop singer Valerie Sajdik was raised in Moscow/Russia, studied in Pennsylvenia/USA, recorded her first single for Sony at the age of 14, was admitted in the Vienna Music Conservatory, jazz section, and speaks four languages. What’s more to say ? Ah yes, the press has labelled ‘Austria’s most beautiful voice’ this winner of an Amadeus Austrian Music Award. Her lyrics are humorous, poetic and thoughtful, her melodies are catchy, making you sing along until the words, with their ironic‐sarcastic twists, get stuck in your throat. Valerie manages the balancing act between art and commerce : she is telling stories. And as ‘a woman with entertainment value,’ live concerts are her elixir of life. After ‘Picknick’ in 2007, Valerie’s sophomore album will be released in Germany and Austria in January 2010. www.valeriesajdik.com Martinez Hotel, Salon Acajou (350) 19.15 – 19.40 Tanz Baby !, Germany Karate‐Joe Records ● Austria David Kleinl – vocals Kristian Musser – guitar, laptop © DR Using instruments such as a 1970s electronic organ, with its typical groove patterns, and some 1980s vintage drum sounds, Vienna based duo Tanz Baby! create a unique atmosphere of otherworldly artificial retro pop. Melancholy, mariachi style trumpets and a dreamy accordion, play cool melodies and transport listeners to far away imaginary seashores. David, always wearing a red rose with his signature black suit, croons with great theatricality and draws the audience into a world of love, desire and despair. Mu, combining rhythms and song structures influenced by Neue Deutsche Welle music, composed the songs with 28
linguistic idioms from such music genres as German Schlager. With ‘Liebe’, they present their first Album. www.tanzbaby.com www.myspace.com/tanzbaby Martinez Hotel, Salon Acajou (350) 19.40 – 20.30 Parov Stelar Etage Noir Recordings ● Austria Markus Ecklmayr – xaxophon Marcus Füreder – DJ © DR With his unmistakable sound‐mix of jazz and swing samples and electronic music, Austrian composer Parov Stelar has secured his own unique position in the world of music. Released under Stelar’s own growing label ‘Etage Noir Recordings,’ his new 2009 album ‘Coco’ is further developing the musician’s established jazzy sound by adding new stylistic elements to his tunes. His dancefloor productions, which up until now have only been published as singles, find a debut to a greater extent on his album. Stelar defines his latest work as a ‘book for musical readers’ which is classically defined by introduction, middle and end. Because of modern musical habits and downloading, non‐single album tracks tend to be less prominent and ultimately ignored. Parov Stelar sees ‘Coco’ as a statement against this habit. www.myspace.com/stelar1 K‐Pop Night Martinez Hotel, Salon Acajou (350) 21.00 – 21.30 f(x) SM Entertainment ● Korea Amber Liu – rap, vocals Luna – vocals Krystal – vocals Sulli – vocals Victoria – vocals, dance © DR 29
Here’s a group of rookies that has recently gained attention in Korea. If the group’s name ‘f(x)’ is written like the mathematical symbol for ‘function,’ which portrays the members’ passion to unfold eclectic performances, the ‘f’ also stands for ‘flower’ and the ‘x’ stands for the ‘xx’ female chromosome : the symbols are together associated with women and beauty, hinting at the band’s ambition to become the icon that would represent all Asian pop dance groups. f(x)’s debut single ‘La cha Ta’ is a vigorous pop‐dance song with a hip hop groove and a sense of electronica, and the song contains witty lyrics with a simple message : have fun with your lives. http://fx.smtown.com Martinez Hotel, Salon Acajou (350) 21.40 – 22.30 5
Epik High MapTheSoul ● Korea DJ Fritz of Planet Shiver – DJ DJ Tukutz – DJ Mithra Jin – vocals Myk – vocals Tablo – vocals © DR With MCs Tablo and Mithra Jin slamming socially conscientious lyrics over the experimental hip‐hop beats of DJ Tukutz, Epik High has emerged as one of the most innovative, influential, and important bands in Korea. Since storming the K‐Pop music scene in 2003, the band has consistently parlayed their audacious sonic salvos into widespread critical acclaim and commercial success. With each consecutive album release, Epik High has soared to the top of Korean TV, radio, and record sales charts and scored various artist, album, and video of the year awards. But in late 2008, at the peak of their popularity, the band took a stand and boldly raged against the music industry machine. Leaving their label and becoming their own bosses in early 2009, the now independent Epik High defied naysayers by breaking out as one of the first K‐Pop acts to breakthough on iTunes album charts worldwide. www.epikhigh.com www.mapthesoul.com 30
Pschent DJ Hero Party Martinez Hotel, Ballroom (800) 22.00 > 23.00 Massivan Pschent ● France Ivan Pezzini – DJ © DR Massivan was born in Switzerland the son of an Italian violinist. He started to learn the violin at the age of six, then switched to drums and he finally studied at the American Institute of Music of Vienna in 1993. Audio‐engineering followed, and later DJ'ing. Released singles on his own label ‘Modest Records,’ took part in project ‘Calmstreet’ with its album ‘Third Wave,’ moved to Formentera and finally released his first solo album in may 2005 called ‘Daylife,’ a shift in the direction of jazzy‐chill‐house, mixed up with Latin beats. Followed ‘Massenwahn’ in 2006, ‘Wide’ in 2007 and ‘Family With 3 Hearts’ in the spring of 2010, through Pschent Records. www.myspace.com/massivan www.massivan.com Martinez Hotel, Ballroom (800) 23.00 > 00.00 Balazko Pumpz Recordings ● France Richard Giordano – DJ Jean‐Marc Roche – DJ © DR Jean‐Marc and Richard are the French duet Balazko, both DJs and producers. The melodic house music they produce mixes electro‐groovy sounds, as heard in their first track ‘Breakfast’ and in their remix of Wonderland Avenue's ‘White Horse.’ With their DJ set, Balazko offers a cleverly balanced mix of house and electro‐house, which is definitively dancefloor. Together with Kama and Mac Gregor, the boys have created their own record producing label ‘Pumpz Recordings’ and they now present Balazko’s new track ‘I'll Never Give Up,’ including terrific vocals by Black Widow. www.myspace.com/balazko 31
Martinez Hotel, Ballroom (800) 00.00 > 01.00 Charles Schillings Pschent ● France Charles Schillings – DJ © DR After more than 15 years playing in the most prestigious clubs worldwide, as a resident at The Rex and The Queen (Paris), Le Café d'Anvers (Belgium), The Lotus (New York) and The Jet Set (Moscow), Charles Schillings is one of the most wanted French DJs, playing his eclectic and melodic powerful house, mixing rock, electro‐funk, soul, groove and jazz all over the world. Schillings sound‐designed fashion shows for Karl Lagerfeld and Céline and also events for Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, Chopard and Armani. Signed to Pschent since 1996 and mixing the ‘Overground House’ compilations, Charles Schillings also produced and recorded his own music. With a 2002 first album called ‘It's About…’ and a second 2004 album called ‘Not Correct,’ the composer melted powerful electro to his actual rock influences. www.myspace.com/charlesschillings Martinez Hotel, Ballroom (800) 01.00 > 02.00 Oxia 8Bit ● Germany / Goodlife ● France Oxia – DJ © DR In 1986, 15‐year old Olivier ‘Oxia’ Raymond started mixing, influenced by a large spectrum of music styles : funk, electro‐funk (Afrika Bambaata…), italo‐disco, new‐wave (Depeche Mode, New Order…) and the early Chicago and New York house scenes. In 1998, Olivier co‐created the label Goodlife, giving birth to a series of EP’s and remixes and leading to a busy worldwide DJ diary. In 2004 Oxia released his debut solo album ‘24 heures,’ a first full album floating between groovy melodic techno and deep electro. In 2006, Oxia produced an EP on Kompakt, including famous world hit track ‘Domino’ and ‘Lost Memory’ was released on Goodlife in 2007. www.myspace.com/oxiagoodlife 32
Martinez Hotel, Ballroom (800) 02.00 > 03.00 Kevin Saunderson KMS Records ● USA Kevin Saunderson – DJ © DR American electronic music producer Kevin ‘The Elevator’ Saunderson is considered, together with Derrick May and Juan Atkins, to be one of the originators of techno, specifically Detroit techno. A collaboration with Atkins, ‘Triangle of Love’ was released under the pseudonym Kreem. The Inner City project is a another collaboration that came about by accident with singer Paris Grey, who came up with the lyrics of ‘Big Fun.’ This worldwide smash was only to be outsold by Inner City's follow‐up single ‘Good Life.’ Over the years, Inner City has had around 12 Top 40 hits in the UK and two Top 20 albums. Then with the E‐Dancer project, Saunderson creates music that is more underground. Spin magazine named the 1998 album ‘Heavenly’ ‘one of the ten best albums you’ve ever heard.’ www.myspace.com/kevinsaunderson www.kevinsaunderson.com MidemTalent Presented by MIDEM & Sonicbids In partnership with SACEM, Deezer, Fip, Fnac.com, MusikWoche, VIP Booking Carlton Hotel, Salon Zéphyr (550) 18.00 > 18.40 Depedro Pias Recordings ● Spain David Gonzalez – upright bass Raul Marques – trumpet, piano, guitar, accordion Larry Mullins – drums Martin Wenk – vibes, trumpet, guitar, accordion Jairo Zavala – vocals, guitar © DR 33
If you enjoy warm latin music and singing, come and listen to MidemTalent ‘Depedro.’ You’ll be swept away by Jairo Zavala’s Spanish plaintive and generous voice, simple feel good guitar melodies and a quiet and gorgeous low key brass section. Zavala is partly accompanied in his singing by a great set of male voices, or a female solo, from bluesy mood to flamenco‐based inspiration. Guitars carry rhythms with grace, horns, bass and percussions set a recurring tone, a few keyboards and electric guitars inputs bring the whole mood to a few psychedelic moments. Some orchestrations seem to bring Morricone/Leone’s ‘spaghetti’ West back and some say Tarentino ought to be a fan of Depedro’s atmospheric world. It certainly doesn’t take away from the experience if you are not fluent in the Spanish language, as Jairo Zavala has a conviction to his vocals that reveals just the right of emotion. www.myspace.com/myspacedepedro Carlton Hotel, Salon Zéphyr (550) 19.00 > 19.40 King Charles Mi7 Records ● United Kingdom James Barnett – laptop King Charles – vocals, guitar Giovanna Marshall – keyboards David Powell – drums Ben Thomas – bass © ZANDEILLUSTRATION King Charles is a man with extremely large hair. And glasses that reflect cats. These are the only real facts we can offer you about a man whose biography gives him polar bear parents. There is an eccentricity that you can also hear in his music. The man is a solo artist out of West London whom is quickly turning some heads with happy ears attached to them. Previously in the band ‘Adventure Playground,’ King Charles is now on his own and has delivered a first single title, ‘Time Of Eternity,’ via Mi7 Records. The song starts off fairly sweet and nice with acoustic guitars and his spoken word/singing barrage of lyrics style. Then it escalates with swells of energy and spirit, highlighted by some Animal Collective/My Girls‐esque ‘whoos’ in a fiery red smoke background. This song is… shall we say splendiferous ? And King Charles is a MidemTalent 2010 to contemplate. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io_fDcWP1C0 www.myspace.com/kingcharlesuk 34
Carlton Hotel, Salon Zéphyr (550) 20.00 > 20.40 Plastiscines Because ● France Louise Basilien – bass Katty Besnard – vocals, guitar Marine Neuilly – guitar Anaïs Vandevyvere – drums © DR Two guitars, bass and drums. Four very young French girls playing rock since high school. The name of the band allegedly came from the Beatles song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ and its lyrics ‘plastiscine porters with looking glass ties’. The band appeared on the cover of French magazine ‘Rock & Folk’ when Plastiscines first album ‘LP1’ was released in 2007. And the girls grew up ! Drummer changed twice, and here they are now with a new 2009 album ‘About Love,’ produced in Los Angeles by Butch Walker, in which the girls band seem to have gained consistency. They are young, they are gorgeous and full of beans : hear and watch Plastiscines on the MidemTalent stage. www.myspace.com/plastiscine Carlton Hotel, Salon Zéphyr (550) 21.00 > 21.40 The Black Swan Effect Real World Records ● United Kingdom Dominic Greensmith – drums Gareth Hale – vocals, guitar Kenwyn House – guitar Jesse Wood – bass © DR Take two musicians. 15 years ago they collaborated. Then their lives diverge. They continue to write together but one spends the 15 years in the music business, in the charts, touring the world, playing with legends. The second spends the 15 years in the wilderness. The first is Dominic Greensmith. He spent 10 years in one of Britain's most popular rock bands, Reef. He's played with legends like Peter Gabriel and Ray Davies. The second is Gareth Hale. He was tempted back from the wilderness with a bunch of great songs and a burning desire to play them. So, 15 years on and now they're back on the same musical path and it's taking us somewhere very interesting. Jesse Wood, son of Rolling Stones Ronnie Wood, and John Hogg joined. And The Black Swan Effect was born. Hints of Radiohead's Pablo Honey and the 35
vocals of Jeff Buckley meet Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones ‐ relaxed, joyful contemporary rock. www.myspace.com/theblackswaneffect www.realworldrecords.com/catalogue/the‐black‐swan‐effect Interludes by Danton Eeprom (Fondation / Infine ● France) www.myspace.com/dantonrocks Talent Jazz In partnership with Deezer, Fip, Fnac.com, MusikWoche, VIP Booking Carlton Hotel, Salon Zéphyr (550) 22.00 > 22.50 François Bourassa Quartet Effendi Records ● Canada François Bourassa – piano, percussions Chet Doxas – saxophones, flute Philippe Melanson – drums Adrian Vedady – bass © DR He’s been called a ‘master of polyrhythm.’ Although Bourassa’s compositions are audacious and complex, the listener is never left behind. Rhythmic and melodic references allow the audience to keep up and follow a remarkable, exciting and constant musical exploration. Adrian Vedady and Philippe Melanson’s rhythm section illuminates the progression thru the sophisticated harmonies of Bourassa’s piano and the bold melodies of Chet Doxas’ saxophone. And you really should watch Melanson’s incredible gestures and moves on drums, it’s worth it ! The quartet obviously shares an exceptional musical understanding and complicity and manages to express the many subtle layers of a permanent musical emotion. François Bourassa leads one of Canada’s most active recording and touring jazz ensembles, which will soon celebrate its 25th birthday. www.francoisbourassa.com www.effendirecords.com/fr/products/detail/product/rasstones.html 36
Midem Jazz Club presents Siggi Loch Jubilee Night Carlton Hotel, Salon Zéphyr (550) 23.10 > 00.10 Klaus Doldinger’s Passport Classic Warner Music ● Germany Curt Cress – drums, percussions Klaus Doldinger – saxophones, moog Wolfgang Schmid – bass, guitar Kristian Schultze – keyboards © WEA Four original musicians and founders of German jazz‐fusion band ‘Passport’ are coming back together on the MIDEM Jazz Club stage. This was celebrated producer Siggi Loch’s very first signed band. Although ‘Passport’ has never stopped recording and performing, composer and arranger Klaus Doldinger remains the only member of the original band still playing in the current formation. When listening back to the original 70’s albums, you (re)discover a stunning and quite groundbreaking sound, mixing spacey electronic jazz with rock, free inspiration following completely melodic lines. Curt Cress delivers a vigorous crystal clear acoustic drum set tone, and yet Cress was one of the first drummers to experiment with electronic drums. Kristian Schultze's use of synth and mellotron provided an expansive orchestral sound. And bassist Wolfgang Schmid's classical guitar knowledge adds a nice range and dimension to the band’s work. This is exciting, as we can wonder what will happen this Tuesday night between these four accomplished musicians who created some of the most groundbreaking multi‐stylized 70’s jazz. www.doldinger.de www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQK_UkMaTHM Carlton Hotel, Salon Zéphyr (550) 00.30 > 01.30 Nils Landgren & The Act Family Band Act Music ● Germany Frøy Aagre, Norway – saxophones Lars Danielsson, Sweden – bass Wolfgang Haffner, Germany – drums Nils Landgren, Sweden – trombone & vocals Nguyên Lê, France – guitars Michael Wollny, Germany – piano © SOEDERSTROEM ‐ DIETENMEIER ‐ BER ‐ GELDERMANN 37
Six amazing musicians gather for Act Music producer Siggi Loch’s jubilee night party. We got Nils Landgren’s smooth and clear voice with his warm and round trombone tone, extending his sophisticated musical arrangements – with many instruments inputs and sound bits – up to a groovy funk unit inspiration. On piano, harpsichord or celesta, Michael Wollny’s notes seem to descend gently like rain drops just filling the air. Exceptionally versatile drummer and percussion programmer Wolfgang Haffner will join also, with an amazing musical range from classical blues to fast sophisticated rhythms or even extremely powerful dancing club beats. After a memorable performance on the ‘2009 Midem Talent Jazz’ stage, Frøy Aagre is back with her adventurous arrangements and lyrical saxophone melodies. Lars Danielsson’s bass work extends from double bass, to cello and bass violin. Companion of numerous jazz legends, multi‐instrumentalist Nguyên Lê will complete the Family Band. This is a rare and quite unique night, not to be missed ! www.actmusic.com www.myspace.com/nilslandgren Morrison’s Irish Pub & Morrison Lounge Fringe is organised and produced by Morrisson’s, Cannes Fringe : Canadian Blast ! 20.00 – 20.40 : Jason Bajada (MapleMusic Recordings ● Canada) 21.00 – 21.40 : Matthew Barber (Outside Music ● Canada) 22.00 – 22.40 : Danny Fernandes (CP Records ● Canada) 23.00 – 23.40 : Jully Black (Idla ● Canada) 00.00 – 00.40 : Plants And Animals (Secret City Records ● Canada) 38