Paris-based Renaud Garcia-Fons, one of the world’s most creative double bass players, has always been adept at creating an eclectic and innovative blend of European music. For his eighth album for the Enja label, Garcia-Fons gathered some of his musical friends who are masters at such dissimilar instruments as zither, accordion, bansuri, octobass, clarinet, and flamenco guitar, and undertook a musical voyage around the Mediterranean.
The first of eighteen tracks features a melody that evokes the Moorish past of Spain, the music reflective of both the occident and the orient. During the course of the journey, Garcia-Fons goes on to pay homage to a couple of Federicos, namely the Andalusian poet Garcia Lorca and the Italian filmmaker Fellini. A musical tip of the hat is also given to Barcelona, Rome, Iraklio (Crete), Dalmatia, and the Bosphorus strait among other ports of call. Garcia-Fons has consistently proven himself to be a class act and Méditerranées is no exception. This is the soundtrack for a luxury cruise in your mind.