Lel Samar Project - Grain De Ciel

arabic electro
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

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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.

Album 'Grain De Ciel'

Released by Tonus Music Records, 2014
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Shows


17 Oct 2014 - Orbital Garden - Bern CH

14 Dec 2012 - Darb 1718 - Cairo EG

7 Dec 2012 - 100 COPIES - Cairo EG

1 Dec 2012 - TEDx Cairo - Cairo EG

24 Sep 2012 - Nuovo Colosseo - Rome IT

22 Sep 2012 - Teatro Keiros - Rome IT

14 Sep 2012 - ONO - Bern CH

13 Sep 2012 - City Club - Pully CH

12 Sep 2012 - Kind Of Jazz - Bern CH

27 Dec 2011 - Atelier Concert - Bern CH

19 Dec 2011 - Istituto Svizzero - Rome IT

21 Jun 2011 - Fête de la Musique - Beirut LB

20 Jun 2011 - Electro Mécanique - Beirut LB

12 Jun 2011 - FIMU - Belfort FR

11 Jun 2011 - FIMU - Belfort FR

27 Dec 2010 - Zico House - Beirut LB