In ancient Egypt, Kem refers to the color Black, like the black, fertile mud of the Nile, and uproots the often negative connotations associated with the colour. It is in that symbolic earth that (the Mystery of) KEM cultivates new rhythmical aspects whose schemes, “dances” and improvisations take roots in the Yin and Yang complementarity of even and uneven rhythmical pulses.
For this journey, Stephane Galland (Drums) is surrounded by daring and talented young musicians: Sylvain Debaisieux (sax), Bram De Looze (piano) and Federico Stocchi (bass). He invites one of the most prominent Carnatic Flute players in the world: Ravichandra Kulur (Ravi Shakar, Anoushka Shankar,…) from South India. The album also featuresIbrahim Maalouf as a very special guest. Stephane Galland has recently been touring with Ibrahim Maalouf’s Red & Black Light project, and is celebrating 25 years of concerts and more than 20 albums with the band Aka Moon as well.
With (the Mystery of) KEM, he visits the rhythmical roots where all the musical traditions that he has rubbed together and integrated into his own language converge and explores a specific space that allows the integration of all these concepts without a priori or stylistic limitation. Welcome to the black and mysterious earth of KEM.
“In every piece, in every second, I recognize the creativity of a musician who has been admired by both world-famous professionals and the audience that has given him standing ovations at very concert where we’ve performed together in the past five years.“
– Ibrahim Maalouf
In his previous project, LOBI, Stéphane led a unique collaboration of some of the best musicians from their respective traditions (Balkan, Flamenco, Turkish, Armenian, African). With that project, he received considerable critical acclaim by jazz critics in Jazz Magazine, Jazz News, Le Soir, and many others, with the French specialised press concluding that LOBI is a “masterly example of what World Jazz should be.” Multicultural encounters and the enrichment of his own musical language and skills have always been the main drive behind Stéphane Galland’s music.
Stéphane Galland – Drums Sylvain Debaisieux – Tenor Saxophone Bram De Looze – Piano Federico Stocchi – Bass Feat. Ravichandra Kulur – Carnatic Flute Ibrahim Maalouf – Trumpet
“Stéphane Galland strikes again! The Mystery of KEM, a second invigorating and bold opus.” – Eric Legnini