Okotécho guides the listener into a sonic world brimming with hope, aspiration, and lyricism found in the exceptional interlude between the Middle East, Arboriginal and the West. Under the artistic direction of composer Katia Makdissi-Warren, Okotécho explores mixed music and musical sounds through its own compositions.
| La 5e route bleue
The music of THE 5th BLUE ROAD was inspired by Jazz and Middle Eastern music. Drawing on Middle-Eastern, jazz and contemporary music, each of the four cosmopolitan guest-musicians invites the listener to a world of allegory – a clandestine city where diversity dissolves into a single harmony.
The album title’s use of the colour blue is a nod to the Blue Note underlining the vital role of improvisation in this project. The number 5 refers to the 5 artists (composer and improviser/musicians) who have set off on this path lined with surprises, encounters and the unexplored.
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| Disques SRI
Excerpt from the concert The 5th Blue Road recorded on June 17, 2008 at the Lion d'Or. Composition: Katia Makdissi-Warren. Director: Productions Arborescence.
• Marianne Trudel (piano) • Ismail Hakki Fencioglu (oud & voix) • Patrick Graham (percussions) • Peter Herbert (double basse)
* • Étienne Lépine-Lafrance (contrebasse sur Hatchepsout) • Composed by Katia Makdissi-Warren
• Le Devoir, Vitrine du disque, Yves Bernard.
• Cyberpresse, critique, Alain Brunet.
• Edmonton Journal, Arabic-Jazz Magic, Roger Léveque
Photo credit : Tshi
PRIX OPUS 2010 « Disque de l’année JAZZ »
Photo credit : Michel Pinault