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The new revelation of Mediterranean jazz

Three languages, three instruments, three artists. One unified musical identity

Three international musicians who joined their talents while living by the Mediterranean sea in Valencia, Spain. Nesrine Belmokh, a French-Algerian singer/cellist who had worked with legendary conductors such as Lorin Maazel and Daniel Barenboim, and performed with Cirque du Soleil on international tours, Matthieu Saglio, a French cellist ‘with a thousand tone colours’ who has performed in more than 30 countries and David Gadea, a Spanish well rounded percussionist who was already touring with Flamenco and Jazz greats, personify the essence of NES. Their sound has been shaped by the richness and background of their lives and musical experiences, ranging from jazz to classical, soul and Arabic traditional music.

Their first album, Ahlam, recorded and mixed at the renown French studio La Buissonne, contains songs in english, arabic and french, full of grace and emotion and nurtured by the magic chemistry that emerges from their creative minds. The album is named after one of the songs, ‘Ahlam’, which means ‘dream’ in Arabic. It expresses a personal dream of love fulfilled and of the desire for peace in the world. “There is no beauty without a concept of goodness” (translated excerpt from the song’s chorus).

The album was released in august 2018 with the legendary record label ACT and was critically acclaimed: “One of the albums of the year” (The London Times), “An immediate charmfull album” (Le Monde), “A name to watch”(The Evening Standard), “Ingeniously quirky Arab-Andalusian inventions from a highly original band” (Songlines),”The time of NES has come” (Deutschlandfunk), etc.

In September 2018 they premiere their album in Germany at the Berlin Philharmonic. Their upcoming European tour will include performances in Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and Romania.

ABOUT THE MUSICIANS

DAVID GADEA

As an unparalleled percussionist of the Valencia scene, David Gadea has shared his talent with internationally renown artists such as Sole Giménez, Ximo Tébar, Manu Tenorio, Josemi Carmona, and Thaïs Morell, to name a few. Through these collaborations, Gadea has participated in countless recordings and has performed in different countries around the world. David’ style is to be noticed straight away. His peculiar diversity of the colourful palette of his sounds, coupled with his finesse and communicative force, allows him to create an incredible rich style of his own.

NESRINE BELMOKH

Raised in an Algerian family, music has always been present in Nesrine’s upbringing. As a young child, she started developing her musical talent singing and playing mandolin in an arabic-andalusian orchestra, which led her to follow a career as a virtuoso cello player. As a classical musician, she was selected by Lorin Maazel himself to take part of the Valencia Opera Orchestra. She has also toured with Daniel Barenboim’s peace project, the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, and has collaborated in multiple ensembles playing internationally covering a wide range of musical styles and repertoire. As a singer and cellist, she performed the lead role of queen Prospera at Cirque du Soleil’s show Amaluna. Her artistic journey continues evolving as a composer and creator. Nesrine Belmokh is a Yamaha artist.

MATTHIEU SAGLIO

French cellist ‘with a thousand tone colours’ got famous as a first level cello player with an atypical and very personalised profile. Over the course of multiple projects and making his cello vibrate like no one else, Matthieu has opened amazing new ways for his instrument, venturing into flamenco, jazz, Arabic-Andalusian music, African music, etc. In his multiple projects (Jerez Texas, Cello Solo, Diouke, etc.), where he usually also is composer, he has given concerts in more than 30 different countries. Enriched by this diversity, Matthieu offers the musical compositions of NES a unique and unclassifiable expression.