MAURICE LOUCA ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR IN SEPT/OCT 2015
Following the release of his critically acclaimed second album Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan (Salute the Parrot) in November 2014 via Nawa Recordings, and being dubbed by many as nothing less than a game-changer for the region’s independent music scene, Egyptian musician and composer Maurice Louca announces a European tour kicking off in mid September at Incubate Festival in Tilburg (Netherlands).
“Egyptian music is currently undergoing an energetic renaissance. Maurice Louca’s second solo album taps into this excitement. By opening up to everything around him, he has crafted remarkable music – dense, driven and splashed with colour.” The Wire
With 15 shows confirmed and more to be announced, the tour takes in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Netherlands and ends in the the UK with performances at Tusk Festival and London’s Cafe Oto.
Known to be inspired by many influences from psychedelic to Egyptian shaabi, Louca will be performing hard-hitting renderings of this sophomore album with Bashar Farran on bass and Tommaso Cappellato on drums.
The tour was booked by the Berlin based Disk Agency, renowned for producing the annual CTM Festival of adventurous music, as part of its representation of the Nawa Recordings artist roster. Find out more here.
Confirmed tour dates (more to be announced):
17 Sep 2015 ★ Incubate Festival, Tilburg, Netherlands
18 Sep 2015 ★ Stadtgarten, Köln, Germany
19 Sep 2015 ★ Vooruit, Gent, Belgium
23 Sep 2015 ★ Stuk Start, Leuven, Belgium
25 Sep 2015 ★ Les Caves Du Manoir, Martigny, Switzerland
26 Sep 2015 ★ Bad Bonn, Dudingen, Switzerland
27 Sep 2015 ★ Palace, St. Gallen, Switzerland
28 Sep 2015 ★ Cave 12, Geneva, Switzerland
30 Sep 2015 ★ Rock Palace, Madrid, Spain
01 Oct 2015 ★ Freedonia, Barcelona, Spain
02 Oct 2015 ★ Keroxen Festival, Tenerife, Spain
04 Oct 2015 ★ Huna/k, Tyne Studios, Dortmund, Germany
08 Oct 2015 ★ Cafe Oto, London, UK
09 Oct 2015 ★ Tusk Festival, Gateshead Old Town Hall, Gateshead, UK
10 Oct 2015 ★ CCA, Glasgow, UK
NOTES TO EDITORS
Read the album press release here.
“Louca’s album is not shaabi, but shaabi’s explosive arrival is his context. He’s doing what artists are supposed to do – keeping his ears open and responding […] Salute the Parrot is an exhilarating homage to the teeming energy of Egypt – politically ravaged but musically irrepressible.” The Wire
“Louca’s music works beyond the confines of simple description. Evocative, challenging and a must for the discerning improv/noise/world ear.” Norman Records
“The utterly hypnotic second album from Cairo musician Maurice Louca is a highly complex take on Egyptian Shaabi music that incorporates elements of electronica, hip-hop, psychedelic rock, traditional Arabic music, jazz and improvisation. A fascinating cultural document from one of the world’s most fascinating cultural locales.” The Daily Rind
Inspired by many influences, from psychedelic to Egyptian shaabi, Maurice Louca’s second album Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan (Salute the Parrot), released on Nawa Recordings in November 2014, shattered the confines of musical and cultural labelling and was dubbed by many as a game-changer for the region’s bustling independent music scene.
Amidst his collaborations and inconspicuous touring across Europe and the Arab world in the last few years, Louca has sought a richer and much more complex sound. Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan, the fruit of such intense reinvention and a departure from his first solo album Garraya, is a work that leaves ample space for fluidity and improvisation, paving the way for unique live renderings.
Louca is an Egyptian musician and composer born in Cairo where he lives and works. As well as being the co-founder of the bands Bikya, Alif and Dwarves of East Agouza, he lends his sound to numerous projects, composing for theatre, film and contemporary art.