New album “Métissage” released

Moncef’s much-anticipated new album is here! Check out “Métissage,” his latest effort, in the Music section. Although Moncef recorded much of the new album in Switzerland with Antoine Ogay and Philippe Staehli, it also features a track recorded in Senegal during the shooting of the acclaimed “Return To Gorée” with Youssou N’Dour, Grégoire Maret, Idris Muhammad, and Jammes Cammack. “Métissage” is available on CD and mp3 via the Music section. The title track inspired award-winning L.A.-based, Swiss director Reto Caduff to shoot a remarkable video, which you can now see on Moncef’s YouTube Channel via the “Media” section. You’ll also find new pictures in the same section, along with recent press reviews. Please check out “Métissage” and give us your feedback! For those in Switzerland, Moncef will be the special guest of the Téléjournal on Télévision Suisse Romande on Tuesday, January 11th at 12:45 pm. You can catch him live at the BeJazz Festival in Bern on January 21st, and at the Caves de Courten in Sierre on January 27th and 28th. Happy new year to everyone!

Multiple dates lined up

Moncef is everywhere! He’ll perform at the 46th International Festival in Carthage, Tunisia, on July 23rd, with a stellar line-up comprising James Cammack (Ahmad Jamal, Nancy Wilson), E.J. Strickland (Ravi Coltrane, Wynton Marsalis, HerbieHancock), and Grégoire Maret (Marcus Miller, George Benson, Pat Metheny). After that, it’s off to Syria for another benefit concert for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, after the success of his solo performance at the Opera House in Damascus in May. Then it’s back to Switzerland for a series of concerts in Yverdon, Lausanne, Sion, and Geneva (see the “Tours” section). And the word at Rollin’ Dice Productions is that he just finished recording a new album with his Swiss trio that’s currently being mixed, so stay tuned for a second half of 2010 that promises to be swinging!

2009 Montreux Jazz Festival

After a special concert at the Estivales du Château in Chambéry as part of the “Regards tactiles” exhibition by Alain Mikli, Moncef will be back at the MontreuxJazz Festival, where after having played at the last two editions he’ll be one of the official jury members of the annual Piano Competition on July 16th, 17th and 18th. After that he’ll head to Crans-Montana where he’ll perform “Novecento,” a theater play with longtime friend Patrick Moret, at the Sommets du Classique Festival on July 25th. For more details, please check out the “Tours” section. Have a great summer, everyone !

Derry Jazz Festival and Jazz à Carthage in Tunisia

Moncef will perform at the 5th edition of the Jazz à Carthage Festival in Tunisia with his Swiss Trio accompanied by Paris-based, Tunisian-born sax wonderYacine Boulares. His next spring dates will be during the first weekend of May where he’ll play at the Derry Jazz Festival and Cathedral Arts Festival in Derry and Belfast, Nothern Ireland, with a who’s who of local talent including guitarist Mark McKnight and Linley Hamilton on trumpet. After that it’s back to Switzerland for gigs in Geneva and Sion. Details in the “Tours” section.

On a sad note Moncef and his entire team would like to extend their condolences to the friends and family of Boubacar Joseph Ndiaye, the legendary and esteemed curator of the House of Slaves on the Island of Gorée in Senegal, who passed away in Dakar at the age of 86. Ndiaye appeared in the film Return To Goréewhich featured Moncef and Youssou N’Dour – the opening and closing scenes of which were shot in Gorée. He was a key figure in the defence of the memory of the Atlantic slave trade, and those he guided on their visit of the island (including dignitaries such as Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, and Bill Clinton) will forever remember the passion with which he took his noble task to heart.