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 Jean Christophe Maillard "Ka Suite"
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Let's follow the "drum of the slaves" in its suite:
"KA SUITE"

Jean Christophe Maillard's music is rooted in a deep tradition, the tradition of the Ka drum, whose seven rhythms accompanied the life of slaves - their hard works, their dances and their mystical gatherings - in the West-Indian island Guadeloupe. It stands for a culture that is almost forgotten, but still kept alive by a handful of men : today, it is the symbol of a fight for freedom and independence.

It is also an original way of composing music by mixing up the classical guitar (known as the Spanish guitar in Guadeloupe) and the Gwoka's repetitive and hypnotic rhythms.

Thanks to Jean Christophe Maillard, the strong beat of a music, which usually met the human voice during chorus songs until then, is meeting the acoustic instrument and the subtleties of harmony. It is now discovering the freedom given by improvisation, drawing its inspiration from a " world jazz ", a kind of ethnical jazz, a contemporary flamenco.
The guitar is now taking up the ka's musical codes to the point of becoming a percussion instrument, while drums obviously seem to be singing…
"Ka Suit " was first performed on stage during the International Guitar meetings in Fort-de-France, then on the occasion of several festivals such as "Rythmes Caraïbes"-Caribbean Rhythms in La Villette (Paris).

Born in 1967 in Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe), Jean Christophe Maillard's original and multifaceted path probably begun on a carnival float or on Saturday evening masses in little churches. He indeed followed many tracks :

-African music: he contributed to Angélique Kidjo's debut in Paris, toured with Toure Kunda in Europe in 1993; later he accompanied Monique Seka and Koffi Olomide.
-Variety music: as early as 1990, he played with Michel Fugain and was his arranger and composer for almost three years (recordings of the "Live at the Olympia" and "Sucré Salé"); Richard Gotainer, with whom he worked for "Tendance Banane", a live performance in L'Européen concert hall in Paris; Sarclo, for whom he composed and arranged the LPs "On leur doit des enfants si doux" and "L'amour est un commerce, mais la décharge est municipale" in 2001
-Rap, with Bisso Na Bisso
-The West Indies, with the members of Kassav: Jocelyne Beroard, Patrick Saint-Eloi, Jacob Desvarieux; with Ralph Tamar, Mario Canonge, Tanya Saint-Val (he composed the album "Mi"), Beethova Obas, Tony Chasseur; Capeverdian music with René Cabral.
-Jazz: he worked with accordionist Daniel Mille for his albums: "Sur Les Quais" (Golden Django Award, International Jazz Trophy, 1995's debut album), "Les Heures Tranquilles" (awarded by the French music editors' national association), "Le Funambule" in 1999 and "Entre Chien et Loup", which was released in 2001. He also worked with Philip Catherine or with Louis Winsberg for his creation "Jaleo", a live performance touring in 2000 and 2001.
-Soundtracks: he arranged the music of "Melissol" (a television program broadcast on French television) which was originally composed by Tomas Gubitsch.

At the end of 1996, Jean Christophe Maillard gave birth to "Ka Suite", which was first performed on stage at the closing of the International Guitar Meetings in Fort-de-France. It was later performed in many festivals such as "Rythmes Caraïbes" in La Villette (Paris), "Couleurs Guinguette" at the Cabaret Sauvage (Paris), "Les Ailes du Monde" at Glaz'art (Paris) or "La guitare dans tous ses états" in Astaffort. His first album " Ka Suite " was brought out in 2000 (Abacaba/Mélodie). On stage he plays in quartet or in duet.

 
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    2000. Jean Christophe Maillard Presente Ka Suite (Abacaba/Melodie)