Created in April 2014 at the Jazz à Ouaga* festival (Burkina Faso) on the initiative of drummer Ahmad Compaoré, LOOKIN' OUT travels through the history of music, moving with great skill from jazz to punk, from rock to noise music, from funk to blues. The trio takes over various genres while updating them to elaborate a sound ping-pong where rather furious guitar riffs meet the earth-shattering strikes of the drums, sustained by a hardcore bass.
The multiplicity of repertoires produces a singular space of electric and acoustic sounds revisiting almost every style, from oriental music to improvisation. With consummate mastery, LOOKIN' OUT explores the legacy of Fred Frith, Frank Zappa and Jimi Hendrix. Between rage and psychedelia, the encounter of three music fanatics, outstanding improvisers in constant motion.
AHMAD COMPAORÉ: drums
Of Egyptian and Burkinabé origins, Ahmad Compaoré confirms his singular talent alongside Fred Frith, Marc Ribot, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Barre Phillips, Camel Zekri or Egyptian choreographer Karima Mansour. With a constant craving for exploration and discovery, he shares his creativeness between dance, theatre and cinema. Twice recipient of the Culturesfrance "Hors Les Murs" award, he stayed in India and in Japan as part of residencies of creation. Free from boundaries, he equally enjoys the most extreme experiences in alternative and improvised music, jazz and fusion.
AURÉLIEN ARNOUX: electric guitar
Passionate about free jazz and blues, Aurélien Arnoux was trained at The New School in New-York following his encounter with improviser and double bassist Barre Phillips. Back in Marseilles, he won the First Prize of the jazz class at the Conservatoire National de Région. He gets involved in multidisciplinary projects (music, dance, theatre) with the companies Les Bancs Publics, Incidence and La Force Molle. He has collaborated for instance with Raphaël Imbert, Rez Abbasi, Philippe Renault, Marion Rampal and Mama Ohandja, as well as experimental bands like Das Simple, Oust! and Manuchello.
JULES BERNABLE: electric bass
Bassist, double bass player and composer, Jules Bernable develops into contemporary, experimental and traditional music. His musical world is an alchemical search for the fusion of opposites, between lyricism and brutality, minimalism and complexity. Leader of the bands Das Simple and MoTTo, he is also the founder member of the multidisciplinary collective La Force Molle. As a sideman, he has collaborated with Daevid Allen, Joachim Junghanss, Emilie Lesbros, Nicolas Cante and Marion Rampal.
* With Maïeul Clairefond on bass.