The photo-concert CROSSROADS was born from encounters with five photographers at the four corners of the world.
Photographers and jazz musicians… They share the same fascination for the instant. Their road crossed, hazardous encounters, fruit of chance, luck or destiny, who knows….
They each have their own way of juggling with the ephemeral. Improvising constantly, taking advantage of a detail, bouncing on a gesture, a look, a movement. and it is from this mutual attraction for the moment magical, this pleasure of urgency, that this collaboration was born.
Throughout a year of touring, Stéphane Scharlé has met photographers whose work tells the story of the country of origin, the men and women who live in it…
In April 2018, OZMA created a first part of CROSSROADS in Marrakesh. A tribute to Leila Alaoui engaged Franco-Moroccan photographer, victim of the Ouagadougou terrorist attacks of 15 January 2016. This concert was the culmination of long months of exchanges with Leila’s family and especially her mother Christine Alaoui.
Four other photographers have joined the project since this first step : the Luxembourger Mike Zenari with the Dantean series “1549°”, the last breath of the steel industry in Luxembourg, the South African Rafs Mayet witness of the anti-apartheid riots in Durban and who documented 30 years of concerts at Rainbow Bar, the only place in Durban where black and white people met. In Beijing, Mr Wang Fuchun which integrates CROSSROADS with “The Chinese in the train” a world renowned fresco over 40 years of the evolution of Chinese society. In Mumbai, Arko Datto the French-speaking Calcutti who reveals an uncompromising face of modern India.
In the show, photographers speak through their images, but also by lending their voice. These interview snippets are mixed with images and sounds collected during OZMA’s travels byJuliette Ulrich, the image maker of CROSSROADS.
In April 2019, Neumunster Abbey in Luxembourg hosted the quintet OZMA for a creative week. The ensemble set five chapters and about ten photographic series to music. The soundtrack of CROSSROADS performed live pays homage to the powerful worlds of the five photographers, sometimes cinematographic, others drawing from the jazz universe of the quintet, it serves the image and willingly lets it take over.
Leila Alaoui – Morocco: “Natreen”, “No Pasara”, Moroccans”.
Rafs Mayet – South Africa: “Curries Fountain”, “Rainbow Bar”
Wang Fuchun – China: “The Chinese in the train”
Arko Datto – India: “Pik Nik”, “Rail Diwali”
Mike Zenari – Luxembourg: “1549°”
Stéphane Scharlé : drums, composition, direction
Edouard Séro-Guillaume : bass, composition
Karsten Hochapfel : guitar, cello
Guillaume Nuss : trombone, fx
Jonas Muel : saxophone, keyboards
Juliette Ulrich : directing, editing
A production La Compagnie Tangram
With the support of la DRAC Grand Est, la Région Grand Est, la Ville de Strasbourg and l’Adami
This creation got the fonds stART-up of the Œuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte.
Warm thanks to la Fondation Leila Alaoui and the whole team of the Abbaye de Neumünster