A Berber percussionist, a French-Berber singer songwriter, and a Japanese classical violinist. They came across each other in London, far from each of their musical backgrounds and artistic identities – Serendipity. Their creative process is inspired by oral memory, musical writing and improvisation. This is what makes NiN unique.
NiN share their musical inspiration through a natural spring of sounds, transcending cultures in colourful and passionate musical conversations, melting souls into nature.
The ancient vocal waves of the Berber entwine with the vibrations of classical violin to be met by the embrace of wild, rhythmic percussion.
N for NORA Abdoun born in Algiers (Algeria), she is one of the rare Berber/Amazigh women to play percussions (Bendir, Tbel, Karkab) in a contemporary band; a gift she inherited from her tribe, her ancestors who would accompany with their rhythmic trance, the different rituals and ceremonies like weddings, protection of the house, struggles, to name but a few. she has been performing and recording with Iness Mezel from the start.
I for INESS Mezel born in Paris (France) of Berber/Amazigh, French, Italian origins, Awarded for the « All Africa Kora Music Awards » in Johannesburg as « Best Female African Artist” given by Myriam Makeba, King Sunny Adé & Angélique Kidjo – Having recorded four albums, Iness is a very eclectic singer songwriter. She has her own musical language, an original polyrhythmic phrasing she has developed throughout a wide range of styles –from electric to acoustic, always exploring the harmonic space. She sings poetic lyrics, free, abstract, and rebellious a poetry which wends its way like the wind, mysterious yet remarkably intense ; 4**** album reviews in he Guardian-Financial Times-Mojo-Qmagazine-Songlines to name but a few. (Tours Europe, North Africa, Canada, South Africa)
N for NAO Sakai born in Fukuoka (Japan) – Awarded as the winner of the 12th Kyushu Music Competition – String Musical Department, Nao Sakai has played the violin in numerous concerts such as ensemble and orchestra; participated in a performance tour as a member of the Asian Youth Orchestra. Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Hong Kong, Taipei, Chiayi, Osaka and Tokyo. She joined in the recording of the music of a game: Magic and Canon, Megido72 – Japanese mobile game application. She has taught violin to students from children to adults. She performed in Japan, for various hospitals, welfare facilities, retirement homes and after-school activity centres. She participated in a classical Duo: “Duo Le Toit Bleu” (violin and piano), giving concerts.
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