Maurice Louca, an Egyptian musician and composer born in Cairo, is one of the most exciting artists in the alternative music scene across the Arab world today.
His critically acclaimed debut solo album 'Garraya' was released in January 2011 on the Cairo-based 100COPIES label. Egyptian music journalist Ali Abdel Mohsen then described it as 'a work of bruising intensity' and 'unexpected beauty'. Louca has since lent his formidable sound to numerous projects composing for theatre, film and contemporary visual artists.
Amidst his collaborations and inconspicuous touring across Europe and the Arab world in the last few years, Louca has also sought a richer, more hard hitting and complex sound. Two years in the making, his 2014 release 'Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan (Salute the Parrot)' on Nawa Recordings, is indeed the fruit of such intense reinvention and represents Maurice Louca's most original work to date.
His trademark whirlwind of percussion-based rhythms seamlessly intertwines with layers of jarring yet coherent compositions and improvisations, rendered by a host of Arab and international guest artists like Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls, Alvarius B.), Sam Chalabi (Land of Kush, Shalabi Effect), Tamer Abu Ghazaleh (Solo Artist/Alif), Khaled Yassine (Anouar Brahem/Alif) and vocals by Egyptian Mahraganat MCs Amr 7a7a and Alaa 50, to name a few.
Inspired by many influences, from psychedelic to Egyptian shaabi, Louca shatters the confines of musical and cultural labelling with laying out a trajectory where beautiful and mesmerising fragments sparingly punctate the full-blown pounding episodes.
For live shows Louca has recently switched from performing solo, which he is continuing to do for special occasions, to performing with a full live trio feat. Bashar Farran (bass guitar) & Tommaso Cappellato (drums).
'One album rapidly making a home on the tQ stereo recently has been the new record by Maurice Louca' -Best Albums of The Year 2014 – The Quietus
''Salute The Parrot' is an exhilarating homage to the teeming energy of Egypt - politically ravaged but musically irrepressible.' – Wire Magazine
‘While most other comparable local acts are still plodding around on the path set by Radiohead, Louca is miles ahead, comfortably experimenting with Flying Lotus-levels of complexity’ – The Egypt Independent