Posted on November 4, 2015
Three of our agents recently traveled to Womex 2015 in Budapest and wandered into what turned out to be a magical daytime showcase by Belem. All of us were instantly mesmerized by their musicianship and artistic vision, so we couldn’t be happier to welcome them to our North American touring roster!
Belem is a duo comprised of Didier Laloy (diatonic accordion) and Kathy Adam (cello). Although they traveled through Europe with the group ‘Panta Rhei’ and shared the stage for Didier’s own projects—Didier Laloy Invites, [Pô-Z]s, Noir’s and Nonsens—we had to wait for 23 years before a direct collaboration emerged.
For decades, Laloy and Adam had been thinking about experimenting with expressive chamber music, and today the duo provide a suite of compositions at the crossroads of their diverse experiences. Belem’s music is strong but simple, subtle and surprising—a music where silence, dynamics, and the most elegant and crazy rhythms are free to intersect. Musical images collide, as this gentle and daring duo lead us on a unique musical journey.