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La Traversée by the 4tet Noces-Bayna

Traditional songs from France & mirror of Arabia

Young people and families from 6 to 106 years old


Fawzy Al-Aiedy Chant, oud

Catherine Faure Vocals, accordion, violin

Vincent Boniface Bagpipes, flutes, vocals

Adel Shams El Din Percussion

Aimed primarily at the youngest, this family show revisits the musical heritage of our regions of France, giving it accents of the Middle East, thus creating music in the image of the mixed society in which we live. Through the songs of our regional repertoire, an unprecedented dialogue is built between the world of Iraqi Fawzy Al-Aiedy and that of Frenchwoman Catherine Faure. With their accomplices Vincent Boniface, multi-instrumentalist from the Aosta Valley, and Adel Shams El Din, renowned Egyptian percussionist, they form the Noces-Bayna quartet (weddings = marriage and bayna = between).

With La Traversée, they lead the viewer into a whirlwind of sounds and emotions, discovering traditional songs from here and elsewhere. A jubilant way of combining diversity and universality.

The languages ​​sung are French, Arabic but also certain regional French languages ​​such as Occitan, Breton. Thus the young audience will be able to learn French songs, while learning Arabic.

Melodies, French and Arabic songs, oud and bagpipes, with the complicity of oriental rhythms, respond to it. "La Traversée" thus brings together all that music can offer as opportunities for meeting, sharing and awakening to the world.

If I write you a song in French,

the words go from left to right,

if I write you a song in Arabic,

the words go from right to left.

They go to each other

And there is a while

Where they end up meeting

And by saying hello

Al salem aleikum

And it's good like that, not true,


In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.

Guy Jacquet

Teaser Noces-Bayna with children's choir

Video without choir, click here


Noces-Bayna (Victorie Music / PIAS distribution).

Favorite of the Charles Cros Academy ,

Well done ! by Trad Magazine.

Selected by Jean-Louis Foulquier, the JMF and the CNDP, Coup de cœur of the Babel Med jury.

R eferences:

Festi'Val de Marne, Piano'cktail-Bouguenais cultural center, Les Temps Chauds (Bourg-en-Bresse), La Passerelle (Rixheim), JMF, Scène du monde / Festival Tintinnabule (Savigny-le-Temple), Graines de shows (Clermont-Ferrand), MJC Sedan, Espace Jacques Prévert (Aulnay-sous-Bois), Cité de la Musique (Paris), Espace Rohan (Saverne), Le Chantier (Correns), Festival Strasbourg Méditerranée, La Merise (Trappes) ...

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

The repertoire was renewed in 2016-2017 at the ACA (Agence Culturelle d'Alsace) as part of its performances at the Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris.

Photographs: B. Mathia

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