“Les Ancetres” by Newtopia Project
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Suite Elegiaque (Zigzag Territoires) by Newtopia Project
Although he has been a notable presence on the jazz scene for some years now, Raphal
Imbert waited until the age of 32 before taking the step of recording his first CD. He chose
Zig-Zag Territoires, a classical label well known for its eclecticism which ranges from the
Middle Ages to contemporary music and the Indian classical repertory (Pandit Ram
Narayan), as the appropriate launching pad for his personal approach to jazz. On the
occasion of John Zorns recent Marciac concert, Raphal Imbert wrote a piece for the
"Rebonds" page of the newspaper Libration, calling on modern jazz to abandon its ivory
tower: "One observes the inexorable drift of an artistic domain disconnected from the
philosophical, aesthetic, political, and spiritual urgencies which are currently debated in
the other cultural disciplines, and keep them in touch with the world and its
With the remarkable musicians that go to make it up - the Israeli pianist Yaron Herman
and the South African saxophonist Zim Nqgawana - Newtopia Project seeks to "highlight a
collective playing style deeply rooted in our different cultures, yet simultaneously at the
service of a radically topical creativity" writes Raphal Imbert. We hope we will succeed in
taking this project to a broad range of audiences, and that it will be the first release in a
"I have faith in memory. Like Duke Ellington, I believe that a musician needs the capacity
for recollection I order to play, to create."
This Elegiac Suite - composed following a bereavement - is founded on the
personal memory of each of us, and shows its belief in the dialogue between cultures and
individuals that results in a renewed, creative jazz.
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