- 01 – Kolo Koloub
- 02 – Tatira
- 03 – Fattouma
- 04 – Badana
- 05 – Salemi
- 06 – Ya Latif
- 07 – Ali
- 08 – Il volo di Icaro
- 09 – Mosefer
- 10 – Mok Felaja
A.T.A. – ACOUSTIC TARAB ALCHEMY
A.T.A. (Acoustic Tarab Alchemy) was created by Tunisian artist Houcine Ataa to give shape and sound to the Sufi singing with which he grew up. Islamic spirituality goes beyond the boundaries of tradition to meet and blend with different and apparently distant musical languages, including jazz piano, with double bass and percussion evoking timbres of the Arabic and African musical worlds. All this creates a sound alchemy which is hard to define: a style which is contemporary without losing sight of its origins.
Houcine Ataa was born into the Sufi tradition but has embraced an array of musical influences, including jazz and blues. With his fellow musicians, each bringing their own voice to the mix, he has drawn these styles together, like an alchemist blending ingredients to produce something new and wonderful. The result is a joyous soundworld which aspires to ‘tarab’ – a state of musical ecstasy.
Booklet in English and Italian.
“Starting from the Sufi mysticism of the songs of Houcine Ataa and adding the contribution of the different instruments and the different harmonies and musical experiences of the artists who are part of the project, a progressive transmutation of the languages has resulted in a single new musical expression.”
Mixcloud - Jonathan Guistini - 2018
“A.T.A. it is a meeting of sounds and people. HOUCINE ATAA, SIMONE PULVANO, GAIA POSSENTI AND BRUNO ZOIA
Starting from the Sufi mysticism of the songs of Houcine Ataa and adding the contribution of the different instruments and the different harmonies and musical experiences of the artists who are part of the project, a progressive transmutation of the languages has resulted in a single new musical expression.
The name of the project is inspired by the alchemy that has come to be created as the sounds and words meet and merge together, giving rise to an unexpected result.
The notes of a jazz piano create the path through which verses and words that seem to stop time resound; the contrabass dialogues and relies on rhythm and timbre of the Arab musical world, thus giving life to an acoustic experience that does not allow itself to be defined, touches the tarab, grants ecstasy.”