Yearly Archives : 2008

2008 Label Suisse Festival and “Return To Gorée”

After memorable, sold out performances in Montreux and Hammamet this summerMoncef got back to Switzerland just in time to play with the Big Band of Lausanne and a unique line-up of prestigious guests including Didier Lockwood and Grégoire Maret at the 2008 Label Suisse Festival. Building on his domestic success he’s glad to announce three upcoming concerts in Geneva, Lausanne and Yverdon-les-Bains, check out the “Tours” section for more details. Meanwhile Return To Gorée, the acclaimed documentary featuring Moncef and Youssou N’Dour, continues to gain praises from audiences all accross North America, having been screened at theatres in New York, San Francisco, the Vancouver Film Festival and theEuroDocs Festival in Los Angeles. The DVD of the film is also available now in Switzerland, with the final concert in Gorée as a bonus disc. The film is scheduled for worldwide release later this year.

Montreux Jazz Festival performance

Moncef will perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival for the second year in a row. For those of you in Switzerland check out his piano solo concert in conjunction with Abdullah Ibrahim at the Petit Palais of the Monteux Palace on July 19, 2008. This closing night performance will be a special tribute to Pannonica. On August 5, 2008, Moncef will be at the International Festival in Hammamet, Tunisia, for a concert in quartet with local star Fawzi Chekili. Enjoy your summer and keep it swinging!

“Return To Gorée” wins Best Documentary!

We’re pleased to announce that Return To Gorée, the acclaimed film featuring Youssou N’Dour and Moncef Genoud, has won the 2008 Award for Best Documentary at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles! For the 16th edition of the festival, 162 films were selected including 25 world premieres and 10 U.S. premieres representing 31 countries with 9 first-time filmmakers, 49 feature-length films, 59 documentaries and 54 international films. These films were selected from over 2,500 submissions. For more information visit the Pan African Film Festival’s website.

Catch Moncef live with solo, duo, and trio performances in Switzerland (Crans-Montana, Cully) and Spain (Gijon, Oviedo) these upcoming few weeks. Details in the “Tours” section of this site.

Back in Switzerland from New York

Moncef wishes everyone a happy new year! May 2008 be a prosperous one for you and yours. Fresh off his 5-date engagement at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola / Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, Moncef is back in Switzerland for a couple of club performances. You can catch him at the Chorus Club in Lausanne and at Moods in Zurich, on January 25 and 29, 2008. Moncef will present his new Swiss trio consisting of Antoine Ogay on bass and Philippe Staehli on drums, so come and check out this swinging new combo if you’re in the area. You can also watch a new video of Moncef on his YouTube Channel via the “Media” section of this website. The 9-minute movie will serve as an EPK (electronic press kit) to present Moncef’s career as well as his past and future projects. The video includes footage of Moncef’s concert at the 2007 Montreux Jazz Festival and from the acclaimed documentary Return To Gorée, which opened the 15th African Diaspora Film Festival in New York City to a sold-out audience and critical acclaim back in November. The film will soon open in more major U.S. cities, so stay tuned!