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Moshka
(France)
Folk blues one man band
French-Norwegian singer and guitarist, Stene Moshka, is now based in Catalonia after spending some time in Nantes. After the albums, Come into Light (2015) and then In Dust We Trust (2018), he continues his exploration of acoustic blues with sprinklings of groove and funk. In the tradition of the great Southern rock bands of the 70s, he works with the bands Whole Band Quintet or the Spanish Moshka Band to electrify his songs with guitar riffs and Hammond organ instrumentals. Les Tombées de la Nuit celebrates ten years of concerts and touring with an intimate solo concert, in tune with this soul-infused voice.

In Hindu philosophy, “moksha” means emancipation, liberation, self-actualization and enlightenment. It provides an easy anagram to summarise the career of this French-Norwegian musician, who has been on a personal journey since 2012, starting with roots in American blues and folk tradition, before venturing into 1970s-inspired music and funky grooves. Parts are reminiscent of Allman Brothers Band or Derek Trucks Band in the way he embraces the past and brings it back to life, Bjørn Berge in a nod to Northern Europe, or even Ben Harper and Ray Lamontagne through his soul-infused voice, creating “an invitation to travel into the depths of our soul”.

Stene Moshka is no stranger to France’s many blues festivals, but goes far beyond this genre, through solo folk songs and with his bands, demonstrating a strong desire to flesh out his music by borrowing a more rock’n’roll edge from the Southern USA. With his exceptional voice and stage presence, he plays live with loop pedals and his trusted acoustic guitar to build a real minimalist orchestra in an intimate, original and spellbinding show. The result is a sort of folk balladeer music that plays with constraints, time periods and styles to create its own legend.

BIOGRAPHY

> STENE MOSHKA (France)

French-Norwegian composer, harmonicist, guitarist and singer, Stene Moshka, launched his musical career in 2012 under the stage name “Moshka”. Since then, he has toured alone or in a band, playing songs from his two albums, Come Into Light (2015) and In Dust We Trust (2018), across France and Spain where he lives. With Whole Band Quintet in France (base, drums, keys/organ, electric guitar) and Moshka Band in Spain (Pepe Solerd: drums, Nil Falgarona: base, Raül-Marc Portell: piano and organ, Alverd Oliva Electric: electric guitar), he electrifies his acoustic songs at will. Between American blues, folk, funk and rock, notable performances include at the Tremplin Blues during Les Rendez-vous de l’Erdre (2018), the European Blues Trail Challenge in Cahors (2018), the Spanish national contest, Passion Rock, in Córdoba (2018), and the Joan Trayter contest in Figueres (2017).

DISTRIBUTION

Stene Moshka : guitare, voix, looper

Sunday 10 July 2022
16:45 > 17:45
Cloître de L’Église Saint-Mélaine, Rennes

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For all ages
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