Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK), the performance space at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, is pleased to present the exhilarating Les Yeux Noirs In Concert on Saturday, March 7 at 7:30pm in Los Angeles.
This Paris-based sextet offers an irresistible invitation to participate in some of the most rhythmic and emotional sounds emanating from any part of the world. Part gypsy, part klezmer, this is the music that has moved people to sing and dance around the world for centuries. With each frenetic stroke of their bows, they take the listener further into a dizzying vortex of Central European sounds and images. They sing songs in French, Russian, Rumanian and Yiddish
Olivier and Eric Slabiak, the two founders, were conservatory-trained violonists who changed their tune after hearing klezmer and gypsy music. The band combines violins, violoncello, accordion, electric guitar, cimbalom, and electronic samples in innovative, highly complementary ways.
When listening to “Les Yeux Noirs” the word that comes to mind is “virtuoso.” The two violinists of the group play in a way that provokes awe, no doubt they could take on the Devil. They can play faster than fast yet have the facility to be wildly playful or deeply serious. Slabiak brothers are the Hendrix of the violin – they don’t take themselves too seriously but manage to infuse each song with emotion. It is hard to sit still when listening to the infectious beats they create.
“It’s music for travelers,” says violinist Eric Slabiak of the group’s music, “We wish you a good trip!”
Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for students. A no host bar will be available.