Les Doigts de l’ Homme


Olivier KIKTEFF – lead guitar
Yannick ALCOCER – rhythm guitar
Benoît CONVERT – rhythm guitar
Tanguy BLUM – upright bass
Nazim ALIOUCHE – percussion”Dans le Monde” (In the World). The title chosen for their first album – thirteen years ago, already showed the personality of the band “Les Doigts de l’Homme.” Since then, they have never deviated from this line of conduct. Being full-fledged musicians without blinkers, open to all currents, which have managed to build a clean sound universe where swing takes place with certain lightness.This marriage of the opening in the inspiration and the requirement in the interpretation is the hallmark of Olivier Kikteff, the band leader. A self-taught musician found of acoustic and electric guitar, with an original career, who did his first professional experiences in Burkina Faso (alongside the national star Bilaka Kora) before participating, once back in France, in Celtic trainings.
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The gypsy passion will come afterwards and will give the tone of this first album produced with the double bass player Tanguy Blum. “Les Doigts de l’Homme”, string band (guitars and double bass), was born. And with them the emergence of a particular style made of inroads into diverse musical territories – gypsy, flamenco, song and even classical music with a noticed version of the French “tube” Ravel’s Bolero … – and a kind of quirky humorous approach.Over the concerts – more than 680 to date – and four albums, between 2003 and 2015, “Les Doigts de l’Homme” has built a repertoire – mostly based on original compositions – which earned the band a worldwide reputation – playing
throughout Europe but also in South Africa, Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Russia (which is a rare phenomenon for a French group). “Les Doigts de l’Homme” is actually among the formations easily recognizable from the first chords.The group stresses that while gypsy styles are the core element of their sound, they are not gypsy musicians. Coming from diverse musical backgrounds, they have been brought together by a deep mutual passion for gypsy jazz. On their earlier albums, Les Doigts de l’Homme skillfully integrated rock, world music, and gypsy elements, while « 1910 » has a more singular creative focus. It is designed as an homage to the true father of gypsy jazz, guitarist/composer Django Reinhardt, with the title referring to Django’s year of birth. As the centenary of Reinhardt’s birth approached, Les Doigts de l’Homme decided to mark the milestone by recording a new album inspired by his music.

Guitarist Olivier Kikteff explains that “we wanted to pay a heartfelt tribute to Django’s music and to the amazing musical legacy he has given to us. He is a perpetual source of inspiration.” This album opened to the quartet the way to the
United States with a tour in 2012 precisely titled “In The Footsteps Of Django”.The gypsy spirit, synonymous with generosity and adventure is there in this quintet, the five musicians who complete themselves … as the five fingers of one hand. Which is appropriate because the group’s name can be translated as “The Fingers of Men,” for these 5 men are all fleet-fingered wizards of the fret.

Faithful to the gypsy guitar, Olivier Kikteff do not want to be locked into the genre. “Les Doigts de l’Homme” is an acoustic band, sensible, balanced, expressing its difference playing its own compositions. This is the spirit of “Mumbo
Jumbo”, their fifth album. The string quartet is enriched with an accordion, a polyphonic instrument – so nice to broaden its scope.

They use a cutoff year after twelve years of touring to create , compose and prepare the arrival of a sixth album scheduled for spring 2017. The string quartet is enriched in 2017 by a percussionist to to expand its scope and open up to new horizons. The quartet has consistently than continue to be surprised by the constant search for an identity now emerges widely . The group offers an unusual journey to the heart of all that has fed , remaining faithful to the manouche dynamics that gave it birth, but allow for more wisdom with concerts less consistently fast .

Press (selective):

“This band makes listen other thing than the good old standards by bringing a suspicion of world music, an energy close to punk bands, and an unmistakable authenticity.” OUEST-FRANCE (daily newspaper: 200,000 circulation)
“The manner the band plays on the performance and the speed of execution without ever getting lost in the superfluous, raises more about Balkan traditions. Their equal interest for the improvisation, the simple variation and the compulsory arrangement evoke the rock bands with whom they have in common an explosive energy perfectly mastered.” JAZZMAN (monthly jazz magazine: 40,000 circulation)

Videos

Tour

  • 6 July at Festival International de Guitare – Vendôme (41)

  • 7 July at Festival Les Arpenteurs – Les Adrets (38)

  • 20 July at Les Estivales des Taillades – Les Taillades (84)

  • 22 July at Jazz sur un plateau – LARNAS (07)

  • 17 August at Jazz en Ré – Saint Martin de Ré (17)

  • 15 October at Nancy Jazz Pulsations (54) – CLUB TOUR

  • 21 October at Festival Rhino Jazz – Vala en Giers (42) – CLUB TOUR

  • 25 October at Nice guitare festival – Nice (06) Club Tour

  • 3 November at Festival Guitare – le Versoix (Suisse) Club Tour

  • 8 November at Le Cri du Port – Marseille (13) Club Tour

  • 10 November at Jazz en Vignes – Visan (84)

  • 11 November at Auditorium – Montélimar (26)

  • 11 November at La Source – Desaignes (07) Club Tour

  • 1 December at Le Sonograf – le Thor (84) Club Tour

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Discography:

Mumbo jumbo/2013/
Mumbo Jumbo
LP Lamastrock/ L’Autre Distribution

1910/2011/
1910
North America release/ Alma Records

1910/2010/
1910
LP Cristal Records / Harmonia Mundi

Les doigts dans la prise/2008/
Les Doigts dans la prise
LP Cristal Records / Abeille Musique

Eponyme/2005/
Les Doigts de l’Homme
LP Lamastrock / Productions Spéciales

les doigts de l'homme, gypsy jazz/2004/
Gipsy jazz nucléaire
5 traks LP-self-producted

doigts de l'homme dansle monde/2003/
Dans le monde
Drop studio/coop breizh – LP

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