Available for 2022/2023 tour
“Magic Malik Jazz Association” – Album released on 05/24/2019
“Kafrobeat” – 2022
Magic Malik, one of the greatest French jazz flautist, navigates between jazz, pop, electro or contemporary music. His originality, besides an unusual technique, is his exuberant playing and the use of numerous cries and chants in his flute, called growl. As such, he can be considered an indirect heir to Roland Kirk.
Magic Malik (Malik Mezzadri) was born in Abidjan in Ivory Coast and grew up in Guadeloupe where he learned the flute. At 17, he joined the metropolis, joined the Marseille Conservatory and left it with a 1st prize in flute. He then joined the reggae group Human Spirit with whom he discovered improvisation on stage and played for 10 years. At the same time, he multiplied collaborations like Laurent Garnier and St Germain then he met the jazz saxophonist Julien Lourau and in 1998 joined his group, the Groove Gang. In 2000, he founded the Magic Malik Orchestra. On the occasion of his second album, he began a collaboration with American saxophonist Steve Coleman.
Since then Magic Malik has collaborated with many artists such as -M-, Camille, Bumcello, Air, Pierrick Pédron, Aka Moon, Claire Diterzi, the Trinidadian poet and slammer Anthony Joseph and the Malian singer Oumou Sangaré.
In 2017, he founded the Fanfare XP, a gathering of fifteen musicians around a musical composition charter allowing to explore the composition and improvisation developed by Malik during his career: taléas-colors (shifts between rhythmic and melodic phrases), tonal signatures (harmonic world developed by Malik), Messiaen modes …
More recently in 2019, he dabbled in the modern jazz repertoire for the first time. At the head of a Jazz Association which includes in its ranks the brilliant trumpeter Olivier Laisney (Slugged, Oxyd, Gil Evans Paris Workshop …) and the wisp pianist Maxime Sanchez (recent finalist of the Thelonious Monk Competition), Magic Malik plays this music that nourished and revisits her in its own way, without nostalgia and without repetition, with its humor, its rigorous fantasy, and the memory of Eric Dolphy and Booker Little in the back of his mind.
Fall 2021 residency and recording of a new album “Kafrobeat” still very ambitious.
Supported by nine talented musicians, from the most diverse origins and influences, powerfully linked by an “Africa-Oasis”, the XP Afrobeat Platform wants to bring together dreams in a solid land made of music, rhythm and song. They celebrate, under the libertarian wand of Magic Malik, the diversity of Africas, real or poetic. A journey centered on Afrobeat in the broad sense, from Fela’s heritage to traditional Cameroonian rhythms. The bet succeeded that different cultures can mix without ever imposing anything.
Joyeuse année 2015