Sulaiman Hakim, Andy Narell, Cacau & Rubinho, Leandro Aconcha, Juan Manuel Forero & Mario Contreras, Mike Stern, Damien Schmitt & Michel Alibo, Lionel Segui, Philippe Coignet & Minino Garay.
EHA (pronounced é-a) is a kind of super group with world leaders which can be described as World Jazz, quite simply because they like it, you can hear it and you can see it in concert.
There are 13 musicians on the latest album, “Paris Rio New-York”, from 7 different nationalities.
“RIO”, from Paris Rio New-York, is for Cacau de Queiroz, a great saxophonist who shared the stage with so many giants of popular music and Jazz, such as Tom Jobim, Vinícius de Moraes, Baden Powell, Luis Bonfa, Joao Gilberto, Hermeto Pascoal, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Correa, Dorival Caymmi, Gal Costa, Maria Bethânia,…
Settled in France for thirty years, he has become one of the most sought-after saxophonists in session and on stage, pillar of the most prominent Big Bands (Claude Bolling, Symphonic Safari by Manu Dibango, Sacha Distel, Guy Marchand, Claude Manoukian ,…) and Michel Legrand’s sax in concert, the baritone solo on the hit “Rose Rouge” from the album “Tourist” by Saint Germain, it’s also him, he’s a great musician and a great man!
On percussion Minino Garay (Argentina) or Juan Manuel Forero (Colombia). Everyone knows Minino, one of the greatest percussionists in world music and THE n°1 percussionist on the French scene, from Mercedes Sosa to Dee Dee Bridgewater via Christophe, everyone has offered his services.
As for Juan Manuel Forero, less known, he is also a great percussionist from Salsa and Colombian Cumbia, who has also traveled the world with his percussion.
Do we still need to introduce Michel Alibo, one of the greatest bassists of Jazz, Funk and World Music, he made himself known with Sixun and also played with the greatest of the World and Jazz scene, from Manu Dibango to Ray Lema via Cheb Mami, Michel Jonasz, Salif Keita, Eddy Louiss, Angélique Kidjo, Touré Kunda, Kassav, Bisso Na Bisso,…
The phenomenal Damien Schmitt holds the drumsticks, drummer for Jean-Luc Ponty and Alain Caron, he has also worked with Biréli Lagrène, Frank Gambale and many others, but he is also well known to the general public for his television performances, in ‘ Don’t forget the lyrics’ or Taratata.
And finally, on keyboards, Leandro Aconcha, everyone who knows him only uses superlatives about him, it’s not for nothing that many have called on him, in very different styles, from David Soul to Ibrahim Maalouf via Didier Lockwood, Viktor Lazlo, Paco Séry, Idrissa Diop, Toufic Farroukh,…
Our permanent guest is the Chilean singer and multi-instrumentalist Mario Contreras, singer and guitarist of Quilapayun, the great group of traditional Chilean music, he has also worked with Los Calchakis, Mariana Montalvo, Karumanta,…
Beyond the musicians, what makes EHA a band that goes off the beaten track is its unique music, you just have to listen to titles like “Est”, “Ne Nanana” on the first album, Nuit et Jour or 2 Juillet on the second, “Fortune”, or “1984”, “Nuits Magnétiques” and “Missié Didié” on the last, “Paris Rio New-York”, which is entitled to a rain of praise on the media and radio stations all over the world.
EHA on stage is an explosive and spectacular performance, which wins over a much larger audience than just the Jazz audience.
“Paris Rio New York” album cover