ArbaA Experimental Chaâbi is a spatio-temporal whirlwind, an exceptional instrumental encounter, through original compositions, between the popular Moroccan music ‘chaabi’ and the hypnotic trance of the French quartet ArbaA.


Over many years, the drummer, Clément Black, has visited Fes regularly to study with a great master of Moroccan percussion, Said Idriss Oudghiri. In the course of his learning, an idea was born to bring together his repetitive groove jazz quartet with three musicians living in Fes: his master, a violinist specialising in chaabi, and a loutar player (Amazigh lute).


It’s hot, it’s gut-wrenching, and the audience is very quickly hypnotised”     Jazz Rhône Alpes


Said Idrissi Oudghiri: darbouka  /  Mohamed Khadri: violin  /  Léo Fabre-Cartier: loutar  /  Benoît Black: saxophones  /  François Reme: rhodes  /  Clément Black: drums  /  Mathieu Picard: bass

Stage references: 

Altitude Jazz Festival (France, 2020)

Forum Jazz(s)RA (France, 2019)

Les Nuits d'Orient (France, 2018)

Festival Jazz à Vienne (France, 2017)

French Institut (Morocco, 2016)