…”The flute isn't an instrument immediately associated with resistance – perhaps more with being soothing, or
even compliant. But Franco-Syrian flute-player and composer Naïssam Jalal brought an impassioned ferocity to
the instrument, echoed by the Rhythms of Resistance.” London Jazz news.
“ Eine große Entdeckung beim 10. Jazzdor-Festival in Berlin in diesem Jahr war die Flötistin Naissam Jalal mit ihrer Band “ Rhythms of Resistance” . In dieser Band begegnen sich Orient und Okzident auf Augenhöhe. Für Naissam Jalal ist Musik nicht nur wie eine Reise, sondern vor allem auch eine unaufhörliche Suche nach Freiheit.” Deutschland Radio Kultur
“ Naïssam Jalal signe un abum qui se distingue par la force de sa facture musicale et de son propos. Par son souffle fertile, elle relie avec magnificence maqams, gammes pentatoniques d’ Afrique, improvisation jazz et technique du beatbox inventé par le rap afro américain.” L’Humanité – Fara C
In 2011 Naïssam Jalal formed the cosmopolitan quintet “ Rhythms of Resistance” with four other talented musicians. Combining many different elements, influences and registers, the group creates music that fascinates, with a fine sense of rhythm, rich improvisations and admirable energy. They take us to visit different aesthetic fields, and bring jazz and classical music, European music and Eastern music closer together. « Rhythms of Resistance » remind us that resistance is still very much alive and taking a firm stand against standardisation.
Naïssam Jalal was born from Syrian parents in Paris. At the age of 6, she enters the conservatoire to study classical flute and at 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” and has been building a repertoire reflecting her free and nomadic personality. Two albums of the quintet where released in March 2015 and November 2016 and got major recognitions from the press and the public. The quintet is now touring the big National scenes and the major Jazz Festivals.
JAZZ IN MARCIAC – ROYAUMONT – JAZZ A LA VILLETTE – BANLIEUE BLEUE – JAZZALDIA FESTIVAL – SONS D’HIVERS – LA FERME DU BUISSON – PAN! FESTIVAL – INSTITUT DU MONDE ARABE – MUCEM – JAZZDOR BERLIN – MUSIKFEST BREMEN – L’ARSENAL – FESTIVAL BRUISSEMENT D’ELLES – DEUX PIÈCES CUISINE – PALAIS DE LA PORTE DORÉE – FESTIVAL PARIS QUARTIER D’ÉTÉ – L’EQUINOXE SCÈNE NATIONALE – LES 2 SCÈNES – JAZZDOR STRASBOURG – MOODS – LE BEE-FLAT – JAZZ AU FIL DE L’OISE – JAZZ AUX CARRES – JAZZ SOUS LES POMMIERS – INNTÖNE FESTIVAL – TOURCOING JAZZ FESTIVAL – TANJAZZ – FESTIVAL DU BLEU EN HIVER – LE GRAND T SCÈNE NATIONALE – FESTIVAL NO BORDER – AFRICOLOR – LE TANGRAM- LE RIVE GAUCHE – THÉÂTRE SENART SCÈNE NATIONALE – LE PARVIS SCENE NATIONALE – LA DYNAMO – AUX HEURES D’ETE – CHARLIE JAZZ FESTIVAL – JAZZ A PORQUEROLLES – FESTIVAL METIS – VOIRON JAZZ FESTIVAL – LES DÉTOURS DE BABEL – A VAULX JAZZ – NEW MORNING – JAZZIT MUSIC CLUB.