By the initiative of Common Routes of Euro-Mediterranean Music the members of the group first met in a festival in 2009 in order to form a band and play together on a small tour in east Europe. Following the success of this creation program, the musicians - who all came from different countries - decided to continue their energetic cooperation to share their common language and just few months after they were invited by a Hungarian record label to record their first album.
The richness of their common music roots back to their different countries they came from and the musical influences gathered in their vast experience in different musical styles, such as the of modern and traditional African music, of the music of Balkan, the jazz and the klezmer. On the way to find the common ground in their new arrangement and composition they found new harmonies and the cultural borders suddenly disappear to give the place to the World Music in a good sense.
The members of the band are: Manou Gallo from Ivory Coast and Belgium on bass guitar and vocal, Bernard Maseli from Poland on vibraphone, Amir Gwirtzman on different flutes and saxophones from Israel, Abdul Aziz Gob from Guadeloupe, France who specialized in the West African percussion, Daniel Kardos from Hungary on the guitar and the Serbian drummer Goran Milosevic.
The first album of the band, the “Sleeping Camels” will be released in March 2010.
Manou Gallo (BE)
Manou Gallo was born in Divo, a small city in the Centre-Western region of the Ivory Coast, the cradle of the roots of the Djiboi people.Gallo first performed at the age of 12 when she put on a show with friends from her village. The tale of a little witch went on to become a success, touring in various African countries such as Burkina Faso, Mali, Togo and Benin as well as recording four albums.
When the group Woya eventually stopped, Gallo followed Marcellin Yacé to Abidjan. He took her under his wing, gave her her first bass guitar and taught her about recording. Between 1993 and 1996, she also performed in theatre and dance troupes as well as playing on an album by Ray Lema.
She eventually met the tour manager of Zap Mama, and was offered the chance to tour with them in Europe. She performed with them for six years from 1997, as well as appearing with the Tambours de Brazza.
She eventually formed her own group, Le Djiboi, and toured extensively. Her debut album, "Dida" was released on the IglooMondo label in 2003, followed by "Manou Gallo" in 2007. She sings in Dida, French and English.
Amir Gwirtzman (IZR)
Amir Gwirtzman, Israeli jazz musician who is master of around 20 various woodwinds and reeds from different cultures in the globe including saxophones, clarinet, Armenian duduk, Egyptian Arghul, bagpipes, zornas and many distinctive flutes such as ney, native American flute, Irish pennywhistles and low whistles, Chinese ,Indian Vietnamese Thai & many more kinds of unique flutes.
Amir won a scholarship for his studies at the Mannes College of Music in Manhattan, where he lived between the years 1991-97. During his time in New York he performed and recorded with many artists such as Philip Glass and the Mongo Santa Marias Band.
He is also the founder of ESTA, a band proclaimed by music critics as “Israel’s most original instrumental band.” ESTA’s music combines elements of world music, the power of rock and roll and the spirit of jazz into a powerful, energetic new sound that crosses genres, styles and borders.
Amir and ESTA have performed in various prestigious festivals and highly respected venues not only in Israel but also throughout Europe and the United States such as Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD (World Music Festival) in Italy, the Dranouter Folk Festival in Belgium, Radio France in Paris, the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Israel, the New Music Seminar in New York City, and the Festival L’Art De La Paix (The Art of Peace) in Belgium.
The band has shared the stage with artists such as Suzanne Vega, Noa, The Chieftains, Sinead O’Connor, Stanley Jordan, L. Shankar, and Cheb Mami. ESTA’s debut album, released by MCI Records, was greeted with great critical acclaim.
Bernard Maseli (PL)
Vibraphonist, composer, arranger, producer, educator. His career on the jazz stage began with the „Walk Away”. He is a permament winner of the annual „Jazz Forum” poll in the category of vibraphone. „The Globetrotters” is his project he has recently created with the saxophonist Jerzy Główczewski and the vocalist Kuba Badach. Bernard cooperated with many famous musicians: Urszula Dudziak, Michał Urbaniak, Mino Cinelu, Nippy Noya, Bill Bruford, Dean Brown, Mike Stern, Frank Gambale, Eric Marienthal, Ewa Bem, Lora Szafran, and many others. He is an author of many compositions and arrangements and published over 40 CDs.
Abdoul Aziz Gob (FR)
Gifted percussionist, educator, Abdoul Aziz plays on the traditional djembe and on the Mandingo instruments (dums dums, tama, cora, balafon, sabar,etc.). Native from the Guadeloupe, he began playing in night clubs in France and Spain. He travelled to Western Africa to perfect his art of percussion. He began teaching in 2005, and has been soloist in the Koulouba ballet. He has been teaching in his own school in Budapest since 2007.
Dániel Kardos (HU)
Born in Budapest in 1976. He is one of the most eloquent exponents of world jazz in Hungary. The main source of his inspiration is klezmer and the sounds of the Balkans. His approach – both as a soloist and a bandleader – is that of the passionate storyteller. Between 1995 and 1998 he studied in Jeruzalem Ruben Dance academy.
2003 He graduated from the Jazz Faculty of Liszt Ferenc Music Academy Budapest as guitar teacher.
Goran Milošević (RS)
started playing drums at the age of 14. During 2002-2003 he attended "Drumtech" music school in London where he played with many different musicians, bands and DJ's. In 2005 he was attending "Berklee summer school of music" at Umbria Jazz Clinics in Perugia and won award in recognition of outstanding musicianship. His jazz project is the band called "NAKED". Goran regularly plays with great songwriter and singer from Serbia Aleksandra Kovač, who recently won MTV Adria Top artist award.