Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
Smadj Oudsolotronic is my New Project, the idea was to show my vision of Oud playing at our time from the acoustic and traditionnal to the jazz and to finish by the modern way to play this instrument with an electric sound surrounded by an electronic universe
What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
My favourite works at this time is my solo and my last album “Spleen” live with my band featuring Bojan Z
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
Last concert in Paris at the Sunset was one of the best of my carreer, good music, good guests, good vibes, good audience, and few old friends who came, Big surprise to achieve this In front of them.
I’ll send you a teaser link you’ll see
What, or who, inspires you?
When I meet new musicians that I love, I get inspired, stories of my life, love…food, new countries….
Which song do you wish you wrote?
Le sacre du printemps Stravinsky, full house Wes Montgomery, Mr PC Coltrane, Ne me quitte pas Brel and the next song i’ll write
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
My Sound is a mixture caraïbean style or Mauritanian, with salt and sugar, fish and hot
What’s next for you?
Next is to travel and play especially my Solo, next may it will be east Africa with 25 days of Tour, after Turkey, Morocco, south Africa with few concerts In France In between
What’s your scene?
My scene is not huge in front of people seating and listening, finishing to dance like crazy
Tunisian born French oud player and producer brings you an extraordinary fusion of middle eastern music via Paris.
Jean-Pierre Smadja, aka SMADJ, has a passion for two things; music and technology. Raised by Tunisian parents in the suburbs of Paris, SMADJ professed an early obsession with jazz and Arabic music together with a precocious mastery of the guitar. After taking to the oud and music technology he embarked on his very own personal ambition to marry Arabic music, jazz, and digitalism with style and feeling.
The first hint the world caught of this master plan was Smadj’s debut album on the Melt 2000 label, Equilibriste. Since then he has gone on to work with such legends as Natacha Atlas, Talvin Singh, Rokia Traore, Ibrahim Maalouf, Burhan Ocal and Erik Truffaz as well as with his own projects such as DuOuD, SOS, Fuck The DJ and Oud Solotronic.
Jean-Pierre Smadja has produced 16 albums and has toured the world many times over, both as a virtuoso oud player and electro producer. SMADJ’s Melbourne show will be his newest project to date – Oud Solotronic, which is a one man show of virtuosic oud playing and live electronics in a concert setting. In true SMADJ style some great local musicians will also be featured.
Melbourne’s own French gypsy swing masters, La Mauvaise Réputation will be opening the night.
A show not to be missed from Australia’s most authentic interpreters of the wild rhythms and passion of 1930’s Parisian hot jazz and the beautiful melodies of classic French chanson.
Memo Music Hall
Fri 11 Mar, 8:00pm
Doors Open: 8pm, Showtime 8.40–11pm (With intermission)
Reserved Seats: $30.00 +bf
General Admin: $22.00 +bf
At the Door: $25.00 (if still available)
Tickets available at www.memomusichall.com.au