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GUO GAN, ALY KEITA - Peace in the world
Peace in the world

FY 8243
Felmay Records


GUO GAN, erhu master (Central Asian Chinese violin with two strings) who became ambassador of his instrument in the world, has over the years become accustomed to unusual and unexpected encounters. Mysterious instruments, sometimes even more exotic than Chinese erhu, sources of ancestral sounds, rich in contemporary fascinations able to contextualize in a unique way not only original compositions, but also the classic songs of the Chinese tradition. This time the GUO GAN exploration has shifted in the southern hemisphere, specifically in West Africa, to meet ALY KEITA, balafon master. One of the most important tools and characterizing of West African music, the balafon is a typical instrument of the griot tradition. They are storytellers, poets, singers and keepers of the oral tradition of that area. CD program mainly includes original songs, composed by the two artists for the occasion, which enhance the characteristics of the two instruments. Balafon generates a rhythmic-melodic support to erhu lyrical flights, which creates an atmosphere rich in naturalistic charm. Born in Shenyang, China, in a family of artists, GUO GAN since childhood was passionate for music. At the age of four years, he started with his father, Guo JunMing (Famous Chinese Master); he was his father's apprentice in learning the art of the erhu, an old Chinese stringed instrument. In 2001, GUO GAN decided to cross borders and to travel to Paris to extend his musical experiences in perfecting his technique of percussion with the professor Marc Vives Quérol. Since then, he makes Chinese music known to the Western world, collaborating with many important artists: Lang Lang. Hans Zimmer. Gabrel Yared, Yvan Cassar, Didier Lockwood, Jean-François Zygel. The Artist has also participated in the registration of many movies soundtracks.
GUO GAN, was awarded the Insignia of Knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Embassy in China, 25/04/2016, for his contributions for cultural exchanges and creations crossed between musicians both French and Chinese.
As indicated in the Embassy of France, the Order of Arts and Letters, managed by the ministry of culture and communication of the French Republic, is rewarded to "people who have distinguished themselves by their creation in the field of artistic or literary or by the contribution they have made to the radiation of arts and letters in France and in the world."
ALY KEITA was born in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, his father from Mali, in a Malinke ethnic group and griot since multiple generations. From his father ALY KEITA learns the study and the art of balafon (traditional pentatonic instrument of West African tradition) which will implement later with important teachers in Mali. In 1986 Aly is introduced to jazz by musician George Makinto and then adapts his self made diatonic balafon, to other musical languages. His versatility and his virtuosity said thus allow to cross territorial borders and musical coming to important collaborations with international artists like Pharoah Sanders, Paolo Fresu, Rhoda Scott, Omar Sosa, Joe Zawinul, Étienne M'Bappé, Linley Marthe Mathew Garisson, Paco Sery, Karim Ziad and Arto TuncboyaciyanTrilok Gurtu and Jan Garbarek, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Rokia Traoré, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Amadou and Mariam Bagayogo, Habib Koité, and many others.

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GUO GAN, ALY KEITA - Peace in the world


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Agriturismo Cavazzone
Via Cavazzone 4
Viano (RE) - Italy

30 September 2017 - h:21.30
Melech Mechaya
Forum Romeu Correia
Almada - Portugal

30 September 2017 - h:21.00
I Violini di Santa Vittoria
Chiostri di San Pietro
Reggio Emilia - Italy

30 September 2017 - h:21.30
Arturo Stàlteri
Scuderie Aldobrandini
Piazza Guglielmo Marconi 6
Frascati (RM) - Italy

01 October 2017
Cherasco, fiera

08 October 2017 - h:21.00
Arturo Stàlteri
Residenza Barcaccia
San Lorenzo di Montenero (PG)

12 October 2017 - h:20.00
Blaue Haus Doellnitz
Kasendorf - Germany

13 October 2017 - h:20.00
Kulturhammer e.v.
Thierstein - Germany

14 October 2017 - h:20.00
Gasthaus “Zum Roten Ochsen”
Rechberghausen - Germany

15 October 2017 - h:20.00
Esslingen am Neckar - Germany

27 October 2017 - h:20.30
Rätschenmühle e.V. Geislingen Schlachthausstraße 22
Geislingen - Germany

28 October 2017 - h:20.30
Feuerschloesschen Bad Honnef
Bad Honnef - Germany

04 November 2017 - h:21.30
Tre Martelli
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Teatro Ambra
Alessandria - Italy

04 December 2017 - h:21.00
Birkin Tree
Cinema Teatro Don Natale Leone
Albisola Superiore (SV) - Italy

17 December 2017 - h:17.00
Tre Martelli
Auditorium Gambarina Museum
Alessandria - Italy

23 December 2017 - h:21.00
Liguriani & Mario Pirovano
“Invexendo de Natale”
Teatro Sociale di Camogli
Camogli (GE) - Italy

27 December 2017 - h:21.30
Melech Mechaya
Tivoli BBVA
Lisbon - Portugal

29 December 2017 - h:21.30
Melech Mechaya
Casa da Música
Porto - Portugal

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