Naïssam Jalal & Rhythms of Resistance

Naïssam Jalal & Rhythms of Resistance
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Naïssam Jalal & Rhthms of Resistance


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  • country:Syria
  • region:Île de France
  • style(s):Jazz, Arabic Classical
  • label:Les Couleurs du Son
  • type:Composer/Songwriter, Quintet
  • gender:female
  • instrumentation:instrumental, percussion, string, woodwind, jazz combo, guitar
  • artist submitted by:Tour'n'sol Prod.

Line up

  • Arnaud Dolmen (France)  (drums, vocal)
  • Karsten Hochapfel (France, Germany) (guitar and cello)
  • Mehdi Chaib (France-Marocco),  (saxophone tenor and soprano, percussions, vocal)
  • Naïssam Jalal (composition, flute, nay, vocal)
  • Zacharie Abhram (double bass)


A Free and Nomadic Jazz Quintet.
First album "Osloob Hayati"in March 15.
Second album "Almot Wala Almazala" in Nov 16.

Naïssam Jalal was born to Syrian parents in Paris. At age 6, she enters the conservatoire to study classical flute. At age 17, she discovers improvisation and leaves the conservatoire after obtaining her certificate. The same year, the funky brass band Tarace Boulba drags her on a tour in Mali.
At 19, Naïssam leaves France in search of her roots. After several months of initiation into the nay at the Great Institute of Arabic Music in Damascus, Syria, she leaves for Cairo to study with the great master violonist Abdu Dagher. In Egypt she meets Fathi Salama with whom she plays in the most prestigious theaters and participates in the creation of the groups El Dor El Awal and Bakash. Naïssam develops a very unique style between East and West.
Back in France in 2006, Naïssam meets the Lebanese rapper Rayess Bek whom she will accompany in France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Lebanon and Morocco. Since 2008, she performs regularly with the Egyptian oud player Hazem Shaheen in Egypt, Lebanon, Malta, and at the Institute of the Arabic World in Paris. In 2009 she issues the album “ To Resistance” with her duet Noun Ya and tours in France, Syria, Japan, Lebanon, Tunisia…
Between 2010 and 2013, Naïssam has the opportunity to play with the best African musicians on the Parisian scene : Tony Allen, Sheik Tidiane Seck, Kiala, Fatoumata Diawara, Hilaire Penda, Brice Wassi. She also accompanies great names of the international jazz such as Hamid Drake, Nelson Veras, Michael Blake, Hubert Dupont, or from the Arabic world such as Lena Shamamyan, Macadi Nahhas, Youssef Hbeish, Khaled Aljaramani.
She records with Abdoulaye Traore, Mohamed Diaby (Debademba), Napoleon Maddox, with the Palestinian rap band Katibeh 5 and composes the soundtrack for two full length movies.

Since 2011, she has been performing with her quintet “Naïssam Jalal and Rhythms of Resistance” in great Parisian concert halls ( New Morning,...) and Festivals ( Sons d'Hivers, Jazzdor, Paris Quartier d'été, Jazz à La Villette...) and has been building a strong repertoire reflecting her free and nomadic personality.