There is a strange and fascinating place : the shore. A meeting. Between land and sea. An outline. Undefined. A focus too. Towards the horizon. Between us and the horizon, the huge mass of water, the madness of our planet, the ocean… Beyond sight.
It is here that the seabird lives, emblematically the seagull, but seabird is more pleasing to the French ear.
Here we hear her call, laughing and singing. But not only here …
Offshore, she announces. Her presence delights, reassure: land, land ! We’re safe ! We’re arriving !
Inland too she follows or leads men, barges… as far as the city where she sometimes settles. And when we hear her, she inevitably reminds us of the sea, and takes us back there.
It is a homecoming… like listening to distant music from our adolesence which gives us wings, protects, and creates inside us this space-defying-time, this inner home, where, at peace, we are no longer vulnerable, where we are sure of the great things that we’ll do, that we hope to accomplish.
Sometimes alone, sometimes not, it seems there are no rules. She doesn’t seem to have predators, has everything she needs. It seems like she is mocking, jeering – but no ; she’s laughing ! She is shaving the time of her life ! And she’s gliding… ho… how she’s gliding, friend of the wind, free, she’s singing, she’s calling, she’s so alive.
There is a strange and fascinating place : the shore. A meeting. C* and Michel Petow. Michel taught C* to play the guitar because she wanted to be free to sing wherever she was with this wooden instrument-body. Their universes and musical preferences met and recognized each other. An exchange, a mirroring, a respect and a rare goodwill, all this allowed the blossoming of their singularities and their clarity.
C* began studying drama very early, and has made a living from her passion since the beginning, absorbing many different techniques and styles, on stage or screen, experiences ranging from the astounding to the epic. Until this beautiful gift of life : The Molière 2015 – Category Best Subsidised Work, a collective award for « Les Coquelicots des Tranchées » directed by Xavier Lemaire.
Her voice is well-known in France : She dubs Meredith Grey in « Grey’s Anatomy », Sienna Miller, Natalie Portman and many others actresses, but also cartoon characters in recent successes : Alex and Mandy in « Totally Spies ». Because when you change your voice, you can become who or what you want. Even more so when singing your own lyrics and melodies. Singing was her first vocation, a calling that couldn’t be ignored.
Michel Petow is a self-taught guitarist, and a singular producer. When still young he was caught up in the spiral of psychedelic rock. He worked through the 70s with « Cheval Fou », a trio both radical and powerful. During the 80s, new avenues took him to the top of the French charts, thanks to the irresistible hits of his rebellious duo « La fiancée du Pirate ». The years spent in the Top 50 years are coloured with the same fervour (and the same guitar : his faithful Jaguar) as those spent with all the 70s maniacs.
After that, he settled down as a producer, accompanying innumerable artists (From Elie Medeiros to Buzy) on his guitar. During the 2000s, he became Michel Moi and gave birth to his most personal project.
Today he directs Studio Panorama in Paris bathing enthusiastically in the art of vintage. Michel shares his time between his new band « SuperBravo » and producing friends’ projects. Laughing Seabird is one of the tasty fruits, grown with love in this place… Enjoy !
Claudio « Cacau » De Queiroz : Tenor Sax et Flute
Cacau de Queiroz first appeared on stage with Baden Powell, in Rio. Since then, he has played with Dorival Caymmi, Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Morais, Edu Lobo, Gal Costa and Hermeto Pascoal, and taken part in festivals such as Montreux and Tokyo, with Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie and Chick Corea. He also performs with the singer Elie Medeiros, for whom he produces musical arrangements, for exemple « Toi mon toi », « Bom bom » and « Calypso ».
He has collaborated with Tania Maria, and the saxophonist Manu Dibango. He plays with several orchestras, (Claude Bolling, Gerard Badini…), as a lead sax, in the company of Diane Shure and Johnny Griffin. He is a part-time member of Dee Dee Bridgewater’s big band, and also Michel Legrand’s, with whom he performed at Carnegie Hall in N.Y. His first solo album is « Brasi do Ferro e Corda » with Baden Powell contributing. He has performed with his band on many cultural occasions, (Calvi and Evreux Festival, the New Morning, Reims, and many Jazz Clubs in France). For a number of years, he has presented Brazilian music workshops at Parisian schools I.A.C.P. and ARPEJ.
Jeremy Nattagh : Drums
Drummer with Touré Kunda, Palatas Singer, Miss Dominique and Joseph Leon, Jeremy Nattagh literally fell into the music pot when he was a child. Multi-insrtrumentalist with a classical schooling, with later inroads into jazz and modern music, over a period of years his enthousiasm and curiosity brought him to the shore of many different styles, including gospel and African music.
His appearances on air for Radio France, MCM and Arte, are always a source of revival and new sounds.
More recently, Jeremy had an unexpected and decisive meeting with… the handpan, and its bewitching sonorities. He became one of the most respected ambassadors of this instrument whose possibilities he has already explored in four different albums. Captivated by the world of sound, he has been artistic director and sound engineer for international artists, and has set up several recording studios. The last one, Cosmic Sound Studio harboured the drum sessions for the EP And I become. His first loves as a drummer, pop, folk and rock, bring the sober and syncopated touch found in Laughing Seabird’s compositions.
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