In 2013, the composer and protean sax-player Johann Guihard founded the Marabout Orkestra.
After years of sound exploration and crate digging, writing songs mixing his jazz-funk influences with African and Caribbean music became the obvious thing to do. Rapidly joined by five seasonned musicians, this acoustic (no bass but a sousaphone) and electric (the three sax plugged on sound FX) combo started an amazing stylistic journey.
This first album is really crossover , a kind of imaginary folklore .
The songs recorded in Bonison Studio (Tribeqa, Malted Milk, Pura Fe…) recall rythms and melodies inspired by African and Caribbean music styles (Afrobeat, Ethiojazz, Highlife, soca…) interlacing with Spiritual Jazz, Fusion and 70’s Psychedelic.
As well inspired by the creativity of Souljazz Orchestra as by the groove of Herbie Hancock or the psychedelism of Barney Wilen’s « Moshi », this musical crossbreading creates a fresh feeling of freedom, an instrumental freedom without any pretention or claim.