Saturday, 16th November 2019



Karim Ziad, drums; David Aubaile, keyboards

Chris Jennings, double bass

(Supported by the French Institute in Novi Sad)



©Pierre Luc Jamain

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer, David Aubaile travels beyond borders and draws on cultural cross-breeding to open up life and create a space where music is intrinsically lively and alive. From flutes to keyboards, his knowledge of jazz and classical music, his love of traditional music and his desire to open ears wide, all connect him to widely varied projects with the same energy.

While developing personal propositions in duos and trios, he has also accompanied on stage and in studios artists such as Salif Keita, Sergent Garcia, Oxmo Puccino, Brigitte Fontaine, Ziggy Marley or Tété. But also Khaled, Lokua Kanza, Arthur H, Calypso Rose or Karim Ziad with whom he works regularly.

David Aubaile also composes for theatre and dance, writes scores for documentary films, and produces albums; he has conducted the orchestra and singers for the French adaptations of musicals such as Dirty Dancing, The Classic Story On Stage, Bodyguard, The Musical, and teaches at the Centre d’Informations Musicales, CIM, the first school for jazz and modern music to be created in France.



©Christophe Charpenel

Based in Paris France since 2002, Canadian bassist Chris Jennings has established himself with the Dhafer Youssef Quartet with Tigran Hamasyan and Mark Guiliana, with several bands of guitarist Nguyên Lê with his new Fire & Water Trio, his quartet with Rita Maroctulli, Danny Gottlieb, ou Karim Ziad and Bojan Z, as well as with Turkish ney master Kudsi Ergüner and the Thomas Enhco piano trio.

He is the bassist in the new trio of Joachim Kühn and the El Gusto Algerian traditional Chaabi orchestra and the Céline Bonacina Quartet featuring Gwilym Simcock.

Drum’n Koto, his 7th album as a leader in a trio with Japanese koto player Mieko Miyazaki & Patrick Goraguer on drums & Iranian santour was Disc of the Month by Jazz News magazine France.



©Boris Gasiorowski

The story of Karim Ziad is that of a musician, an insatiable traveler, drummer, singer, composer, arranger, conductor or programmer looking for the roots and values of humanity …

Coming from a family of music lovers, Karim Ziad was born in 1966 in Algiers. Passionate about music, he made his debut in the 80s by integrating troops like Sweet Jazz and Khindjar (first group of oriental hard rock).

It was in 1989 that Karim Ziad moved to Paris and became an essential musician of the Maghreb scene (Cheb Mami, The National Orchestra of Barbes, Safy Boutella or Khaled …) but he seeks other horizons.

He went on a world tour with Joe Zawinul, Vince Mendoza, the Metropole Orchestra or the WDR. He found his own band Ifrykia and recorded 5 albums. Meanwhile, for more than 10 years, Karim Ziad has been planning the Gnaoua D’Essaouira festival, exploring the possibilities of encounters between the freedom of Jazz and these traditional popular kinds of music that fascinate him. For over 15 years, he has been able to forge a musical personality and better grasp the importance of knowing his origins, his culture and therefore his music, in order to develop his own style.