10/21 (Sun.) 19:45 DuOud│France│The amazing oud/electronic music duo from France
DuOud consists of two oud players: Tunisian-born Jean-Pierre Smadja and Algerian-born Mehdi Haddab. Blending their North African heritage with the latest in Western technology, the pair has built a musical style that looks to their African roots while absorbing and morphing contemporary music forms such as breakbeat, jazz and metal guitar. DuOud may be the first band to mix the North African lute with electronic technology, and they do it with such imaginative freedom that it sets them quite apart from their contemporaries. Their debut album, Wild Serenade, was nominated for the Best Newcomer Award at the BBC Music Awards.
Respectfully insolent with regard to instrument tradition, Smadja and Haddab alternate between “classical” Arab songs and their own compositions. With the warmth of an acoustic instrument and the saturation of electronic sounds, DuOud has lit up the stage for many years and manages to still surprise with each new song.