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The Touré-Raichel Collective

The formation and success of The Touré-Raichel Collective, the band led by Israeli keyboardist and songwriter Idan Raichel and Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré—icons in their own countries and abroad—is a reminder of the unique power of music to bridge geographic, ethnic, political and religious differences. 

 

Although a collaboration between an Israeli Jew and a Malian Muslim has unavoidable political implications, what inspired Touré and Raichel to work together was not the potential to make a statement; they simply connected as artists and friends seeking to find musical common ground.

 

They met for the first time by chance, in 2008 at the Berlin airport, where they expressed mutual admiration and a desire to get together and play. Touré’s father, the late great Ali Farka Touré, was one of Raichel’s musical heroes and inspirations. Raichel invited Touré to Israel, where they assembled a few musicians and convened an unscripted, improvised jam session. The chemistry between Touré and Raichel was instant and profound. They assumed the name The Touré-Raichel Collective and used the material from that first gathering as the basis for an album, The Tel Aviv Session, which found poignant, musically beautiful common ground between the artists’ cultures.

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September 30, 2014 — 

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The Paris Session, the new album from The Touré-Raichel Collective, is out today in North America on Cumbancha (the album will be released in November in Europe). The follow-up to The Tel Aviv Session, one of the most critically acclaimed albums of recent memory, The Paris Session reunites Israeli pianist Idan Raichel and Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré in a cross-cultural masterpiece that defies expectations and easy categorization.

The Touré-Raichel Collective will tour the US and Canada this fall, click here for a current list of tour dates.

"These players delve into the swirling waters of our globalized music culture and pull out bright fish, almost perfect, as if designed instead of conjured in the heat of improvisation." - National Public Radio's All Things Considered

“The melding of Touré’s rich African grooves and Raichel’s delicate piano is as close to perfection as one could imagine.” - Relix
 
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September 25, 2014 — 

The follow-up to "The Tel Aviv Session," one of the most critically acclaimed albums of recent memory, "The Paris Session" reunites Israeli pianist Idan Raichel and Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré in a cross-cultural masterpiece that defies expectations and easy categorization. 

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September 18, 2014 — 

The formation and success of The Touré-Raichel Collective, the band led by Israeli keyboardist and songwriter Idan Raichel and Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré—icons in their own countries and abroad—is a reminder of the unique power of music to bridge geographic, ethnic, political and religious differences. As a follow up to their acclaimed 2012 debut, The Tel Aviv Session, the group will release a new album, The Paris Session, September 30 on the Cumbancha label. The Touré-Raichel Collective will tour the U.S. this fall; please see below for an itinerary.

 

Although a collaboration between an Israeli Jew and a Malian Muslim has unavoidable political implications, what inspired Touré and Raichel to work together was not the potential to make a statement; they simply connected as artists and friends seeking to find musical common ground.

 

They met for the first time by chance, in 2008 at the Berlin airport, where they expressed mutual admiration and a desire to get together and play. Touré’s father, the late great Ali Farka Touré, was one of Raichel's musical heroes and inspirations. Raichel invited Touré to Israel, where they assembled a few musicians and convened an unscripted, improvised jam session. The chemistry between Touré and Raichel was instant and profound. They assumed the name The Touré-Raichel Collective and used the material from that first gathering as the basis for an album, The Tel Aviv Session, which found poignant, musically beautiful common ground between the artists’ cultures.

 

Due to popular demand, The Touré-Raichel Collective has undertaken multiple international tours and performed on some of the world's most prestigious stages. In June of this year, Touré returned to Israel to join Raichel's band The Idan Raichel Project in a performance at Masada, an archeological site of immense significance in Jewish history. 

 

Since they recorded their first album in Tel Aviv, the plan was to make the follow-up in Bamako. But for reasons of logistics, cost and security the artists met in France instead. For three days Raichel, who produced, and Touré sequestered themselves at Studio Malambo in the outskirts of Paris where they were joined by a number of special guests. While The Paris Session is the result of the same freeform approach that was used in the first album, this time around they decided to feature more songs with vocals, a wider range of instrumentation, and appearances by musician friends such as Senegalese artist Daby Touré on bass, Israeli trumpeter Niv Toar, Malian singer Seckouba Diabate and others. Touré and Raichel have honed their interplay over the course of multiple tours together, but the album possesses the same spontaneous, heartfelt magic as its predecessor.

 

One highlight of the recording is a rendition of the song “Diaraby,” written by Ali Farka Touré and featured on his landmark collaboration with Ry Cooder, Talking Timbuktu. Raichel says that there was a period of six or seven years during which he had listened to the song nearly every day. Upon sharing a stage with Vieux for the first time, Raichel suggested they play the elder Touré’s song together, and doing so brought tears to Raichel’s eyes. He describes feeling “a big, big circle from Ali Farka Touré in Niafunke to me in Tel Aviv, then going back to Ali’s son.”

 

More broadly Raichel says of his collaboration with Touré, “I’m a musician from Israel, and I will always make Israeli music. And Vieux Farka Touré for me represents the spirit of Mali. I think world music artists by definition are people who reflect the soundtrack of the place they come from. I think that this collaboration between Mali and Israel—and remember we don’t even have diplomatic relations between the two countries—creates a new imaginary island located somewhere between Bamako and Tel Aviv.”

Touré says, “Idan comes from Israel, he’s Jewish. I come from Mali, I'm a Muslim. This project shows the point where there are no real differences between us. Working on these recordings we learn a lot about each other. If music is indeed a universal language, you can't just say it, you have to demonstrate it.”

 

It all works, first and foremost, because Touré, Raichel and their guests manage to make singular music. Reviewing The Tel Aviv Session for NPR’s All Things Considered, Banning Eyre wrote, “If Raichel and Touré had planned a collaboration, it's hard to imagine that they could have topped the casual charm of this impromptu encounter.” Hosting the Collective on WNYC’s Soundcheck, John Schaefer called the debut recording “one of the year’s most surprising and infectious world music releases.” Wall Street Journal rock and pop music critic Jim Fusilli has described the collaboration as “not so much cross-cultural exercise as an exploration of common ground.” Relix called is "as close to perfection as one could imagine," and Songlines raved in its four star review "There's something very pure of spirit about this album. Although the album grew out of jam sessions, the end result is architecturally robust and infused with strong emotive melodies. A delightful, soulful debut album that exudes optimism." That same optimistic, and adventurous, spirit simmers through The Touré-Raichel Collective's second album. Despite its unassuming spontaneity, the engaging interplay on The Paris Session exemplifies the unifying power of music.

 

The Touré-Raichel Collective U.S. Tour Dates

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November 7 - Northridge, CA - Valley Performing Arts Center

November 8 - San Francisco, CA - Nourse Theater

November 9 - Grass Valley, CA - The Center for the Arts

November 11 - Phoenix, AZ Musical - Instrument Museum

November 12 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater

November 14 - Ogden, UT - Peery’s Egyptian Theater

November 15 - Seattle, WA - Meany Hall

November 18 - New York, NY - Symphony Space

November 19 - Frederick, MD - Weinberg Center for the Arts

November 20 - Fairfield, CT - Quick Center for the Arts

November 21 - Toronto, ONT - Koerner Hall

November 22 - Albany, NY - Swyer Theatre at The Egg

November 23 - Bethlehem, PA - Zoellner Arts Center

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The Touré-Raichel Collective hold #1 on iTunes and Amazon in Germany

November 07, 2012 — 

We're very happy to announce that, as of today, The Touré-Raichel Collective's debut album The Tel Aviv Session has secured #1 on both iTunes' and Amazon's World Music charts in Germany. If you haven't yet taken a moment to check out this unique recording check out the video below and head over to the Cumbancha Official Store where you can stream the album in full and, if you so desire, purchase the CD and/or Digital Download. Learn more about the making of The Tel Aviv Session by visiting The Touré-Raichel Collective's Page.

 

What's In My Bag? with Idan Raichel & Vieux Farka Touré

November 06, 2012 — 

Idan Raichel and Vieux Farka Touré (who together make up the critically-acclaimed supergroup The Touré-Raichel Collective) stopped by the famous Amoeba Music store in San Francisco, California in April while on tour. While they were shopping they took part in Amoeba's video series What's In My Bag? where the two briefly discussed some of the music that has inspired and come to inform their own. Check the video out below.

 

 

October 22, 2012 — 



Une superbe collaboration entre le guitariste Malien Vieux Farka Touré et le pianiste Israélien Idan Raichel. ✭✭✭✭
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The Touré-Raichel Collective, une collaboration entre deux artistes majeurs de la Musique du Monde, le malien Vieux Farka Touré et l’israelien Idan Raichel, est née d'un rencontre fortuite dans un aéroport allemand. L’amitié grandissante entre les deux artistes les a conduits à se produire ensemble à l'opéra de Tel Aviv en Novembre 2010. Suite à ce concert mémorable, Vieux et Idan, rejoints par le bassiste israélien Yossi Fine et le joueur de calebasse malien ;Souleymane Kane, ont passé une après-midi à jouer de façon impromptue dans un studio de Tel Aviv. L'enregistrement qui en résulte - acoustique, spontané, entièrement improvisé, et de toute beauté est le fondement de ce premier album The Tel-Aviv Session, se trouve dans les magasins aujourd'hui sur Cumbancha.

L’album Tel Aviv Session est aussi disponible online sur les sites suivants:
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The Touré-Raichel Collective perform at WOMEX 2012 

October 21, 2012 — 

Mondomix was on the scene at this year's WOMEX conference in Thessaloniki, Greece and managed to beautifully capture on film part of the always-evolving live performance from 2012's break-out collaboration between Vieux Farka Touré and Idan Raichel. Check out the video below and if you haven't gotten your copy yet, head over to the Official Cumbancha Store.

 

October 05, 2012 — 

If you happen to be going to WOMEX in Thessaloniki, Greece this month make sure to come check out the exclusive showcase by the The Touré-Raichel Collective, happening Thursday, October 18.

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