NES – Ahlam (ACT Music, 2019)
Ahlam (dream in Arabic) is the beautifully-sculpted new album by NES, a trio of virtuoso musicians based in the beautiful Mediterranean city of Valencia, Spain. The ensemble includes multidimensional Spanish percussionist David Gadea, eclectic French cellist Matthieu Saglio and captivating French-Algerian cellist and vocalist Nesrine Belmokh.
NES’ combination of artful cello, light percussion and diverse vocal forms is intensely satisfying. On Ahlam you’ll find masterfully-constructed songs influenced by Arabic music, flamenco, classical music and jazz.
Nesrine Belmokh shifts with ease from American-influenced jazz songs with English vocals to traditional Arabic and flamenco modes.
The lineup includes Nesrine Belmokh on vocals and cello (on tracks 3 & 7); Mathieu Saglio on cello and vocals; and David Gadea on percussion.