Jean-Pierre Smadja (aka Smadj) was born in Tunisia. Arriving soon after in Paris, he became one of the landmark of the capital effervescent scene. Dropping the guitar for the oud (Turkish or Arabic lute), he made himself a name at an international scale with his electric and wild arrangements of the most traditional taksims (instrumental and solo introduction of a maqâm).
Mixing acoustic and electric is Smadj’s signature : his repertory is going from traditional oud – with or without effects and MIDI processing) to electric oud ; from compositions in the way of the classic masters to electronic influences.
He collaborates with Talvin Singh, Amit Chatterjee, Rokia Traoré, Mehdi Haddab, Dom Farkas, Natacha Atlas , Ibrahim Maalouf… Smadj is also a well-known producer (Laurent de Wilde’s “Stories” to name one of his realization).
First China Tour : January 2017. Open for more ! And for all territories !