Jazz legend Erik Truffaz is coming to Bahrain this month
Time Out Bahrain staff
Being a jazzer and playing the trumpet automatically puts you into the impossible position of being compared to the incomparable one, the late Miles Davis. Erik Truffaz, who plays the Shaikh Ebrahim Centre on 11 January, is no exception.
The Frenchman was just 10 when Miles’ landmark LP Bitches Brew was released in 1970. It transformed the nature of the music; rhythm sections became ensembles, pianos were plugged in, and the playing got funkier, nastier, and louder.
And just like Miles, Truffaz has something of the chameleon about him. In his 14 recordings to date as a leader, Truffaz has consistently sought out fresh musical environments for his always lyrical improvisations.
His passion for the infinite scope of the human voice has inspired adventurous collaborations with beat-boxer Sly Johnson, Swiss rapper Nya, and the Tunisian Soufi chanter Mounir Troudi, who joins Truffaz and drummer/ sampling wizard Philippe Garcia in Bahrain.
Truffaz has scant regard for that French g-word so loved by the critics and public alike: genre. So to avoid offending our highly-talented visitor, let’s put it this way: his musical passport contains the sonic stamps of styles and players from India, Mexico, the US, the Arab world, Africa and pretty much everywhere else. Result? Jazz (sorry, Erik), with classical Arab, with hip-hop, with rock, with funk, with electronica.
Only one thing is guaranteed: what Truffaz, Garcia and Troudi will be making on January 11 is extraordinary music.
Tickets cost BD10 and are available from the Alliance Francaise, Isa Town, and La Maison Jamsheer, Muharraq For more info, call 17 683 295.