Naïssam Jalal

France Syria
Jazz Classical Middle East
Naïssam Jalal

Paris-born Syrian flautist and composer, Naïssam Jalal embodies the spirits of a diverse range of musical expressions assimilated through a passionate thirst for knowledge. From a European classical music education to studying nay at the High Institute of Music in Damascus, to a three-year stay in Egypt learning Arabic classical music, returning to Paris to begin jamming and collaborating across the musical spectrum from jazz to hip-hop to pan-African styles, as well as visits to Spain for flamenco explorations and investigating Carnatic music, her achievements are impressive.

Her own musical projects are myriad with the flagship being her Rhythms of Resistance ensemble, who recently marked a decade's activity with her first compositions for symphony orchestra. Her style is uniquely universal while her clear-eyed view of our contemporary problems fires her compositions with intensity and transcendent beauty.

In 2018, her decade-long dialog with Egyptian oudist Hazem Shaheen (Liqaa) and her project with Osloob (Al Akhareen) both led to CD releases. The following year, Quest of the Invisible, with pianist Leonardo Montana, bassist Claude Tchamitchian, and drummer Hamid Drakeasguest,won her an award at the Victoires du Jazz, and led to her official selection for the prestigious German jazz festival Jazzahead.

Although it may seem that her schedule is overloaded, the reality is that her projects take time to mature and then tend to come to fruition in close succession. For Naïssam Jalal, the learning process isongoing. She takes time to learn the palmas in Andalusia with Bobote, the mythical gypsy of flamenco rhythms and the Carnatic music of South India, before confronting Dhrupad, a genre of Hindustani classical music that attracted her like a magnet.

Videos
  • Naïssam Jalal & Rhythms of Resistance - Live @ Martinique Jazz Festival
    Naïssam Jalal & Rhythms of Resistance - Live @ Martinique Jazz Festival
  • Naïssam Jalal - Quest of the Invisible "Le Temps" @Sons D'hiver 2018
    Naïssam Jalal - Quest of the Invisible "Le Temps" @Sons D'hiver 2018
  • Naïssam Jalal & Rhythms of Resistance - "Buleria Sarkhat Al Ard"
    Naïssam Jalal & Rhythms of Resistance - "Buleria Sarkhat Al Ard"
  • Naïssam Jalal - Quest of the Invisible - "Al Leil" Live @Banlieues Bleues - Un film de Gilles Le Mao
    Naïssam Jalal - Quest of the Invisible - "Al Leil" Live @Banlieues Bleues - Un film de Gilles Le Mao
  • Naïssam Jalal & Rhythms of Resistance - Live @ WOMEX ! "Samaaï Al Andalus"
    Naïssam Jalal & Rhythms of Resistance - Live @ WOMEX ! "Samaaï Al Andalus"
Press
Une Autro Monde is a colorful, lond-winded Jazz language that inspires itself from Modern Jazz, however, also from the Oriental music landscape. Une Autro Monde ist ein farbenreiches, in weitschweifigen Stücken angelegtes Jazzidiom, das dem Modern-Fach genauso viel zu verdanken hat wie dem orientalischen.
Jazzthing, 04.01.2021
Naïssam Jalal dedicates herself to an elegant, melancholic and hypnotic Jazz between East and West, which increasingly captivates an audience outside of France. Naïssam Jalal hat sich einem flirrend eleganten, melancholischen und hypnotischen Jazz zwischen Orient und Okzident verschrieben, der zunehmend ein Publikum außerhalb Frankreichs begeistert.
NDR, 09.23.2022
Discography
Un Autre Monde
Un Autre Monde
2021
Le Couleurs du Son
Quest of the Invisible
Quest of the Invisible
2019
Le Couleurs du Son
Om Al Aagayeb
Om Al Aagayeb
2019
Le Couleurs du Son
Al Akhareen
Al Akhareen
2018
Le Couleurs du Son
Line up
Naïssam Jalal & the Rhythms of Resistance

5 musicians + 2 crew members

Naïssam Jalal - flute, nay, vocal

Mehdi Yachou (Chaïb) - tenor and sopran saxophone

Karsten Hochapfel - guitar, cello

Damien Varaillon - double bass

Arnaud Domen - drums

Naïssam Jalal - Quest of the Invisible

3 musicians + 1 crew member

Naïssam Jalal - flute, nay, vocal

Leonardo Montana - piano

Claude Tchamitchian- double bass

Availability

Territories:

Germany, Austria, Switzerland

2023 May, July, August
Contact
Frank Abraham
Frank Abraham
Managing Director, Head of A&R Global Pop Music, Booking Agent
fa@f-cat.de / +49 30 26 103 29 20
Ibrahim Bilen
Ibrahim Bilen
Head of A&R Jazz, Booking Agent
ibrahim@f-cat.de / +49 30 26 103 29 22

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