Meddy Gerville | Ti Pa Ti Pa N'alé

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Ti Pa Ti Pa N'alé

by Meddy Gerville

Maloya jazz, world music from Reunion Island. Traditional rhythm with African beats, songs in Creole.
Genre: World: African
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1. Aprann amwin
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2. Ni dovan, ni déryèr
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3. Dann Fénwar
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4. Ti pa ti pa n'alé
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5. Bat la min (feat. Danyèl Waro)
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6. Camila
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7. Asé kritiké
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8. Kabar Maloya
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9. Té Kafrin'
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10. Tout lé sonm
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Meddy was born in St Pierre, the largest city in southern Reunion Island. Right from the beginning of his career, Meddy has played with the most popular bands from Reunion: Baster, Ti Fock Sabouk and performs all over Europe, Africa and the USA.

In 1997, his first solo album is released "Réunion Island" playing in a trio format alongside some prestigious guests: Louis Winsberg (Sixun), Nicolas Folmer (ONJ), Philippe Sellam (No Jazz). At the time, his band was made up of Max Dalleau on drums and David Félix on bass and double-bass.

The year 2000 saw the release of a second album "Jazz'Oya", driven by the same drummer and Lalah Rakotorahalahy on bass, with other guests both from France and Réunion: Olivier Louvel (Inlandsis, Orchestre National de Barbès), Stéphane Guillaume (Didier Lockwood, Stéphane Huchard, ONJ), Linley Marthe (the Mauritian bass prodigy "discovered" by François Jeanneau and today's most in demand session bass player in Paris), Laurent Dalleau, Didier Dijoux, Miguy Pétrel, Fabrice Legros, Daniel Riesser, Subbash Dhunoohchand.

The album title perfectly illustrates his artistic quest of a fusion between jazz, its sophisticated harmonies, creative freedom and the swing and complex rhythms of maloya, the "blues made in Reunion."

In 2004 David Félix is back on the bass and Meddy decides to invite Nicolas Moucazambo on percussions to join him and a third album is out "Sobat' ek lamour". Once again, we find the usual guests who have now become friends: Nicolas Folmer, Stéphane Guillaume, Daniel Zimmermann, Olivier Louvel, Louis Winsberg and Fabrice Legros.

2005 brought a great change to Meddy’s musical journey ! Two new bands were created:

The first one remains devoted to jazz and maloya jazz, the second one is dedicated more to the fans of "world music" (maloya and séga songs)

In 2005 Meddy met the renowned bass player Dominique Di-Piazza (John Mc Laughlin Trio, Bireli Lagrène, Dennis Chambers…), who helped him with an exceptional new project.

With the participation of the O.D.C (Office Départemental de la Culture) some other prestigious musicians were invited such as American drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez (Michel Camilo, McCoy Tyner, Carlos Santana, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Eddie Palmieri) and guitarist Jean-Marie Ecay (Didier Lockwood, Claude Nougaro, Richard Galiano, Billy Cobham, Eddy Gomez). The quartet began to perform in Réunion Island and on the Indian Ocean territories. The musical adventure is successful and upon "El Negro's" suggestion, they all decided to record on Meddy's new album:"Jazz amwin" which was released in March 2006.

Contrary to the first one, the second band is made up of home musicians who recorded with popular local bands. Bernard Permal is the new bass player, Jérome Calciné on percussion, Jim Célestin on saxophone, Guillaume Legras on guitar, Laurent Serveaux on drums, Clarice Técher, Flora Pasquet and Fabrice Legros in the chorus. The aim for Meddy is to get back to something he particularly enjoys which is singing. A séga, maloya album: "Ti pa ti pa n'alé" with Danyel Waro as a guest artist was also released (March 2006)

Lately, Meddy had the pleasure to invite bassist Matthew Garrison (Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny) and "El Negro" during the last St Gilles International Jazz Festival (October 2006).

He currently performs with Jérome Calciné on percussions, Jim Célestin on saxophone and Laurent Lebeau on drums. On his last European tour (May 2007) he invited Michel Alibo on bass (Sixun, Mario Canonge, Sakesho)

On this same European tour Meddy also had the great opportunity to be invited by the Paris Jazz Big Band (Nicolas Folmer, André Cécarelli, Pierre Bertrand, Stéphane Guillaume ...) for a concert at le Trabendo in June 2007. New projects to follow ...


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alibo jose

en faite superbe d un musicien au coeur riche de melodies qui en dit long sur l'espoir d un monde si tellement meilleur