"An incredibly melodious and airy instrumental round..."
Anne Berthod, Télérama
"Mande Kulu", "The Mandé Mountain" is the title of the Kala Jula’s upcoming CD to be released March 29 on Buda Musique (Paris). In this latest chapter of their musical ventures, Samba Diabaté and Vincent Zanetti are accompanied by two French musicians, major figures in European jazz and world music, the violinist Jacky Molard and bassist Hélène Labarrière.
Hélène Labarrière (France), composer and stand-up bass player, she is one of the key players in the European jazz and improvised music scene. Her countless collaborations with the biggest names in jazz, from Art Farmer, Johnny Griffin and Lee Konitz to Daniel Humair and the Vienna Art Orchestra, her adventurous and uncompromising artistic approach, her musical openness - from pop through to world music - and the quality of her recorded productions have earned her the admiration and respect of even the most demanding critics. Through her work with Jacky Molard’s quartet, she discovered traditional music from Brittany, though she also ventures into projects with artists from West Africa, notably the singer Founé Diarra on the N’Diale project.
Jacky Molard (France) is a violinist, composer, arranger, artistic director and producer of numerous major recordings in folk music, current music and world music in Brittany. After making his debut in the 80s, he strove to revive and revitalize traditional music from Brittany, especially its instrumental aspect. Fonder of several already legendary bands - Gwerz, Pennoù Skoulm, Archtype, Den - he has appeared among the great musicians from Brittany, alongside the singer Erik Marchand, the guitarist Jacques Pellen and his own brother, the traditional Breton musician Patrick Molard. In 2005, he founded the Innacor label, “loudspeaker for music from Brittany and the world”, with Erik Marchand and producer Bertrand Dupont.
Samba Diabaté : guitare, jeli n’goni / Vincent Zanetti : guitare, harpe-luth zena, djembé
Hélène Labarrière : contrebasse / Jacky Molard : violon, alto