OUTER – NATIONAL este o serie de concerte inițiată de Control Club în parteneriat cu publicația online The Attic Magazine, cu intenția de a aduce pe scena locală o muzică specifică anumitor popoare și regiuni geografice. Outer National își propune să definească mai concret termenul generic (și ușor paradoxal) de “world music” sau “musique du monde”, în căutarea aspectului autentic, original, specific și mondial din muzica de azi.
Caracterul particular al domeniului outernational transcede spațiul geografic și devine o reflexie a sumei elementelor care alcătuiesc un spațiu cultural marginal, neexplorat suficient sau chiar deloc, cu precădere cazurile în care muzica nu a beneficiat de expunere în rândul publicului larg, în ciuda conținutului sau a tehnicilor inovatoare.
Suntem de părere că muzica a fost dintotdeauna o punte între culturi și a legat medii de expresie diferite, iar pentru noi a fost important ca acest caracter specific muzicii să se regăsească în concertele pe care le propunem sub umbrela Outer-National.
Seria de evenimente Outer-National a debut pe 1 Mai 2015, cu trupa TERAKAFT din Mali / Tuareg. A continuat pe data de 3 noiembrie 2015, cu doi muzicieni din Japonia și Cehia, Fumihico Natsuaki și Ondra Ondori. Cel de-al treilea eveniment a avut loc pe 19 februarie 2016, cu iNSANLAR, un proiect muzical originar din Istanbul care combină într-o manieră inedită influențele etnice specifice turcești cu muzica electronică.
URMEAZĂ în Control Club:
– 6 Aprilie 2016: Outer-National Indonesia – SENYAWA
Jogjakarta’s Senyawa embodies the aural elements of Javanese music whilst exploring the framework of experimental music practice, pushing the boundaries of both traditions. Their music strikes a perfect balance between their avant-garde influences and cultural heritage to create truly contemporary Indonesian new music.
Their sound is comprised of Rully Shabara’s deft extended vocal techniques punctuating the frenetic sounds of instrument builder, Wukir Suryadi’s modern-primitive instrumentation. Inventions like his handcrafted ‘Bamboo Spear’; a thick stem of bamboo strung up with percussive strips of the animal skin along side steel strings. Amplified it fuses elements of traditional Indonesian instrumentation with garage guitar distortion. Sonically dynamic, the instrument can be rhythmically percussive on one side whilst being melodically bowed and plucked on the other.
As a duo they have been performing and playing together extensively over the last 5 years and have toured Indonesia several times over. In 2011 they were invited to perform internationally for the first time at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival sharing the stage with many great musicians such as Faust, Tony Conrad and Charlemagne Palestine.
– 1 Mai 2016: Outer-National Liban – PRAED
Founded by Raed Yassin and Paed Conca in 2006, “Praed” is a band whose musical oeuvre can be described as a mixture of Arabic popular music, free jazz, and electronics. In the same year, the band made its first public appearance in Al Maslakh festival in Switzerland, immediately followed by a concert at the Irtijal festival in Beirut. Since then, the band has frequented numerous international music festivals and toured intensively world-wide, spanning Japan, Europe and Canada. Through these endeavors, the band has created a large global network with other renowned musicians as musical collaborators. The band consists of two regular members: Raed Yassin playing keyboards, laptop, electronics and vocals and Paed Conca on clarinet, electric bass, and electronics.
– 27 Mai 2016: Outer-National Thailanda – Molam International Band live // Paradise Bangkok DJ set
The concept of Paradise Bangkok was born out of looking for records. Back in 2009 DJs Maft Sai and Chris Menist pooled together their collection of obscure Reggae, African, Jazz and Thai vinyl to put on the very first Paradise Bangkok party, a place to drink, dance and enjoy the natural musical links between sounds from across the globe. Thai luk thung and molam, both popular, rural music styles were spun alongside Mulatu, Augustus Pablo, R.Burnam and Fela Kuti, and the duo ended up playing in Japan, Vietnam, Germany, London, Switzerland, Austria and France.
The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band made their live debut in the Thai capital in 2012. Drawn from different music scenes in Bangkok, the band, (initially formed to back vintage luk thung and molam vocalists who sang live at the events) consists of Kammao Perdtanon on phin (Thai lute), Sawai Kaewsombat on khaen, a type of bamboo harmonica, Piyanart Jotikasthira on bass, Phusana Treeburut on drums and Chris Menist on percussion. Before releasing any recordings the band undertook two successful tours in 2013 and 2014 which included a support slot for Damon Albarn in Berlin, stepping in at short notice for Solange Knowles at Off Festival in Poland, as well as gigs in Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium and the Czech Republic, all to great acclaim.
– IUNIE 2016 – Outer-National Burkina Faso – Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band
Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band are a contemporary group from Burkina Faso. Coming from Bobo-Dioulasso, the group is steeped in the Mandingue musical traditions of their ancestral legacy. The enigmatic lead singer Baba Commandant (Mamadou Sanou) is an original and eccentric character who is well respected in the Burkinabé musical community. A sort of punk Faso Dan Fani activist for traditional Mandingo music, Baba continues to redefine the boundaries between traditional and modern.
2 Iulie 2016: Outer-National Congo – KONONO NO1
After more than 5 years Konono No. 1 will finally release a new album in spring 2016! L´orchestre folklorique T.P. Konono No. 1 was founded over 40 years ago by the legendary Mingiedi, a virtuoso of the likembe (the traditional instrument sometimes called “thumb piano” consisting of metal rods attached to a wooden resonator). The band’s line-up includes two electric likembés equipped with hand-made microphones built from magnets salvaged from old car parts and plugged into amplifiers. There’s a rhythm section, which uses traditional and makeshift percussion (pans, pots and car parts) and a peculiar sound system including megaphones dating from the colonial period. Mingiedi passed away in spring 2015, but his legacy and the Orchestra he once founded live on!
Septembrie 2016 – Outer-National Ethiopia – Hailu Mergia, Mike Majkowski and Tony Buck
Ethiopian organ and synthesizer player Hailu Mergia was a star of Ethiopian music in the 1970s as a member of the Walias Band, which had worked its way to the top of the Addis Ababa club circuit. In 1981, when Ethiopia was ruled by a brutal military dictatorship, the Walias Band came to perform in the United States, and Mr. Mergia and some of the other band members stayed, settling among the many Ethiopian immigrants in Washington. Recently Brian Shimkovitz, who runs the blog and label with the self-explanatory name Awesome Tapes From Africa, came across “His Classical Instrument” in a cassette shop in Ethiopia. He tracked down Mr. Mergia and reissued it. The renewed interest in Mr. Mergia led to a European tour, and now the Brooklyn show.