“AQUA” in stores now!

Moncef’s American debut album “AQUA” is in the stores now! It’s available at all good record stores including Tower Records, Borders, Barnes & Noble, as well as online directly from this site! Go to the “Music” page to listen to snippets of THE jazz event of this spring and order a copy. You can also download individual songs from iTunes, Amazon, Napster, etc. Look for album reviews in the upcoming issues of All About Jazz, Jazz Times, Downbeat, Jazziz, and JazzImprov.

New York and Atlanta dates announced

We’re happy to announce two high-profile US dates in support of the release of “AQUA”. Moncef will perform in trio at Sweet Rhythm in New York City on April 21, 2006, as well as at the world-renown Atlanta Jazz Festival on May 28, 2006. Details are in the “Tours” section.

Moncef signed by Savoy Jazz

Moncef has signed with Savoy Jazz and his first project for the legendary label is titled “Aqua.” Recorded in New York, “Aqua” is set for release on April 4, 2006. The talented composer is accompanied by a stellar group of musicians including Michael Brecker, Bill Steward, Scott Colley and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Produced by Los Angeles-based Rollin’ Dice Productions and dubbed his most ambitious project, “Aqua” comprises seven original numbers and three covers.
Moncef, who’s career is really on the rise, has recorded ten albums as a leader internationally and has attracted the attention of those in the know as a result of his extensive touring. Genoud expects to keep up the touring momentum in support of “Aqua”. Several US dates will be announced shortly, check the “Tours” section for an updated listing. Snippets from “Aqua” can be heard in the “Music” section.
Says Joshua Sherman, Senior Director of A&R and Marketing for the Savoy Label Group: “Moncef’s music has an innate lyricism and sense of intimacy that is immediately appealing. His compositions are accessible without sacrificing complexity, respectful of jazz tradition without denying his irrepressible personality. Moncefis an artist with a highly individual sound and a beautiful spirit, and we are very excited to present his US debut and to work with Moncef to develop his career around the world.”

Savoy Jazz is a unit of the Savoy Label Group (SLG). SLG is the North American unit of Columbia Music Entertainment (formerly Nippon Columbia), the oldest music company in Japan. Newly reorganized and now headed by Chairman Strauss Zelnick, Columbia Music Entertainment has re-emerged as a significant creative force with a stable of newly signed platinum-selling artists. Savoy Jazz is distributed in the United States by Warner Music Group’s WEA Corp.

Shooting “Return To Gorée” with Youssou N’Dour

Moncef is currently in the US shooting the movie Return To Gorée. The project follows Moncef, his good friend Youssou N’Dour, as well as Idris Muhammad and James Cammack as they travel the route of West-African slaves from Senegal to the United States, while revisiting the musical evolution from Negro spirituals to Gospel to Jazz with other musicians they meet along the way. The film, which started shooting in Senegal in late 2005, took the musicians to Atlanta, New Orleans, New York, and will then take them to France and Luxembourg before ending on the island of Gorée for a spectacular live performance by all the artist involved. It is scheduled for release in theaters later in 2006.