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Erik Truffaz & Amina Agossi Jazz Up The Lao People's Democratic Republic


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Jazz gigs are nothing like buses in Lao, as two buses never come along at the same time in the capital city, Vientiane. Nevertheless, jazz fans can look forward to the dizzying prospect of two jazz gigs on consecutive nights in the Lao National Culture Hall on the 26th and 27th of November.

Swiss-French trumpeter Erik Truffaz on Wednesday 26th and French-Beninoise singer Mina Agossi on Thursday 27th will give audiences two very different takes on modern jazz. Truffaz has spent years exploring acoustic-electric terrain, and his minimalist style draws from jazz, dance rhythms, World, electronic, ambient music and elements of rock. The influence of electric-period Miles Davis is clear but Truffaz is an original, progressive voice.

Truffaz’s latest CD El Tiempo de la Revolución (Blue Note Records, 2013) blends jazz, soul and new-jazz sophistication, with Truffaz featured on his trademark muted trumpet. Truffaz brings his long-standing quartet of bassist Marcello Giuliani, drummer Marc Erbetta and keyboard player Benoit Corboz to Lao in what should be a jazz concert unlike any seen before in the country.

Singer Mina Agossi is a totally original performer, so don’t expect treacle-smeared jazz standards. Whilst she does do covers of Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington and Fats Waller tunes she also rips into Jimi Hendrix material with gusto. Her personal take on blues and jazz classics will not leave anyone indifferent; Chris May, reviewing Agossi’s 2012 CD, Red Eyes (Naïve) wrote: “You're either going to love her or hate her, and she'll scare the shit out of you either way.” Agossi will be accompanied by the multi-talented pianist/composer Laurent Couson in an intimate setting.

Erik Truffaz’s concert is at the sun-downer/working-classes unfriendly time of 5pm, whereas Mina Agossi is at the much more sensible time of 7pm, when the sun is down and Happy Hour is over.

Both concerts are free to the public – also unlike Lao buses.

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