DRISS EL MALOUMI
After travelling the world with Jordi Savall, 3MA (Ballaké Sissoko and Rajery), Paolo Fresu, Debashish Bhattacharya and Montserrat Figueiras, and after having leant his oud to Armand Amar and Laurent Voulzy, Driss El Maloumi is returning to his native land. To places he knows well, in Agadir, between Arab, Amazigh, occidental and Sub-Saharan cultures. His new album “MAKAN”, recorded as a trio with his younger brother Saïd El Maloumi and his lifetime friend Houcine Baqir, was released in October 2013.
The Moroccan Driss El Maloumi gives new life to the Arab lute with unbelievable class and great depth. Anchored in the harmonic and ornamental Oriental tradition, the master of Agadir and travelling companion of Jordi Savall, synthesises its colours, Amazigh, Berber or Andalusian, cultivating the nuance that makes the difference, while also flirting with blues. The variety and modernity of his playing techniques can be appreciated, as well as the subtlety of a musician who reveals himself less in his demonstration of virtuosity than in the elegance of the sound and the volubility of the swing.