Babel Duet - a Trafika Europe literary concert

Mon, 02 October 2017 // 06:00 PM
Bowery Poetry, 308 Bowery, NYC (map)

Trafika Europe Presents: THE BABEL DUET - a poetico-musical evening in English, French, Occitan and Algerian, with two poets from Southwestern France.

Aurélia Lassaque writes and sings in both French and Occitan, the language of the troubadours - still spoken natively by a handful today in southwestern France, northern Spain and Italy. A captivating poet, literary translator, and cultural ambassador, she blends her readings with the Occitan musical tradition, from layman to sacred singing, from Middle Ages to the present. Her poetry oscillates not only between two languages but between two worlds, unveiling the intimate in the universal.

Alima Hamel is a singer, musician and poet, in French and Arabic. French gives her thoughts words with ease, but "Algerian is the language that comes from the back of the soul, which tells the inexpressible, which dares impudence, pain, wonderfulness…" She began as a singer in the world jazz music ensemble Monkomarok for 8 years, with three albums recorded and many internatlonal concerts. This was followed by an Algerian blues duo, and then Medea Mountains, a musical project of dreamlike improvisations in Algerian language.

Direct from Toulouse to NYC for this concert, these two poet-singer-musicians have now joined forces to form THE BABEL DUET: an incomparable musical unfolding sure to transport, enliven and inspire!

Presented by: Trafika Europe director Andrew Singer

Trafika Europe ( is your online literary site for great new writing from across the continent of Europe in fresh English translation - with an online quarterly digest, bookshop, audio interviews and animated literary videos, and preparing to launch Trafika Europe Radio – Europe’s “literary” radio station – free online! We want to maintain a literate, creative space where writers, publishers, translators and readers can meet, share their work and interact, free of borders in the shared medium of English language.

Trafika Europe works to help renew the role of literature in nudging along the European conversation in culture, introduce new voices, foster collaborations and create a kind of “community of communities”. In cultivating an attractive space for it, we hope that a vision of greater cooperation, mutual regard and community across the 47 countries of Council of Europe will continue to grow of its own accord.

Suggested Admission: $10 in advance / $15 at the door Tickets here:

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