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VivaFest 2019 - Mehdi Cayenne at Mercury Lounge

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56 Byward Market Square

Ottawa, ON K1N 7A2

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VivaFest
a collaboration by NAC Presents, Lula Music and Arts Centre & Axé WorldFest
presenting at Mercury Lounge
Mehdi Cayenne
Saturday May 25th
Doors at 10pm - Opening & closing set by Resident DJ Trevor Walker & Visuals by Matt Cameron
Live Show 11pm

Buckwild, beaming and disarmingly vulnerable, Mehdi Cayenne has been developing his intense and luminous approach over three LPs so far: “Luminata” in 2011, “Na Na Boo Boo” in 2013, and “Aube” in 2015 - earning awards, rave reviews and performing on major stages in Canada and abroad.

Returning with his uncanny stage presence and his unpredictable new LP “Radio Batata”, Mehdi roars through his quirky, funky-punky repertoire - whose worldly influences are strange and familiar at the same time.

His songs possess something animalistic as well as a poetic sweetness, evoking a musical culture of many stripes and eras.

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A triangulated lovechild of Bowie, Prince and Tom Waits, Mehdi Cayenne is a freewheeling journeyman, truly unclassifiable on the international francophone scene.

With a vast sound palette mixing soothing and abrasive sounds, he has - with his last three albums "Luminata" in 2011, "Na Na Boo Boo" in 2013 and "Aube" in 2015 - developed his eclectic, minimalistic and evocative approach,.

Charismatic, energetic, disconcerting, he’s acquired a palpable stage presence during multiple shows in Canada and Europe with artists as diverse as they come (A Tribe Called Red, Saul Williams, Socalled, Safia Nolin), on all the big stages of here and elsewhere (POP Montreal, Francos de Montréal, Ottawa Bluesfest, Francofolies of Spa, Festival Pause Guitare, MaMA...).

The soft and paradoxical folk-rock of his last opus will have served as an entry-point for his new LP “Radio Batata”: a clean break, an outbreak, a bonfire, both more dynamic and warmer.

Mehdi returns in 2019 with an intense, playful sound burst - breathing new life in his pop-rock songs with elements of trip-hop, world, funk, and noise. His writing is more dense, percussive and precise, and marked by idiomatic expressions from here and elsewhere - posing a tender but sharp look on himself as well as the world that permeates him.

Music from between two chairs: foreboding and joyful, familiar and strange, undeniable grooves meet tasty experimental sonics, as introspective lyrics are suffused with a worldly sensibility.

Serious, subversive, and beaming, Mehdi Cayenne will trigger various “Radio-Batata” surprises throughout the year - make sure you catch him on the road!

Mercury Lounge - www.mercurylounge.com / 56 Byward Square - 19+

This show is part of a series of events created by NAC Presents, Lula Music and Arts Centre & Axé WorldFest.

For a full list of events under VivaFest check:

https://www.facebook.com/NACPresentsCNAPresente/

https://www.facebook.com/axeworldmusic/

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