Lel Samar Project - Grain De Ciel
Duo Dida & Marcel Zaes
concert music, 40 min
Composed in Cairo in 2012
Released by Tonus Music Records, 16 Oct 2014
Dida - composition, voice, riq
Marcel Zaes - composition, electronics, tetrachord
Tarek Kandil & Andrej Marffy - artwork
Video 'Grain de Ciel' by Lia Sáile
Lel Samar Project - Grain de Ciel
The duo, LEL SAMAR PROJECT, made up of the Lebanese-Swiss Dida and Marcel Zaes from Bern, has bein in existence since 2010. Driven by their fundamentally different musical backgrounds, they have already developed four concert programmes and toured Italy, France, Switzerland, Lebanon and Egypt. In 2012, the Swiss culture foundation Pro Helvetia invited the duo to take residence in Cairo for half a year in order to test their musical approach inspired by Arabic ingredients.
GRAIN DE CIEL is what came into being in Cairo. Traditional Arabic poems, Armenian phrases and rhythms form an unconventional and poetic mixture with Dida‘s tunes and texts, often sung in a fantasy language or in Dida‘s native French and infused with Marcel‘s abstract sound clouds and beats, enhanced by a specially developed tetrachord string instrument. GRAIN DE CIEL assembles and combines five original compositions into a single almost hour-long work.
The development of this music and the CD was made possible by Pro Helvetia, Istituto Svizzero di Roma, Kultur Stadt Bern, Kanton Bern/SWISSLOS, Burgergemeinde Bern, and Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung SIS.