LALAO is a French – Malagasy music band, currently based in Brussels (BE).
Mixing all kinds of influences and bringing together their different backgrounds, they have created their own, special sound. It’s built on the cello played as a double bass, cajon mixed with a drum and an awesome left-hand guitar, fused together by warm lead-vocals.
LALAO look forward to spreading this brand-new, soul, world and pop-based sound as far as possible.
LALAO recently appeared at the Bru Jazz WE Festival, La rotonde Botanique (opening Miles Mosley), and at various venues in Belgium and France.
A french multi- instrumentalist and singer, Yannick started music at age 7, studying classical cello at the Conservatoire of Lyon.
At 18, he discovered contemporary music composition, harmony, counterpoint, and studied advanced classical piano with Manuel Schweizer and jazz piano with Mario Santchev.
After a long journey that took him from North Africa to Colombia, accompanied by a clarinet, he moved to Brussels and obtained three years later, a Bachelor’s degree in double-bass (with Jean Louis Rassinfosse) and jazz piano (with Eric Lignin).
Since then, he has moved on to exploring new ways of playing the cello and devoted himself composing for lalao. He also composes his own folk/Pop, which he interprets under the name of Yani K.
Began percussion at the age of 7 at the Conservatory of St Quentin.
In 2011 he joined the CRR in Paris, for advanced drums studies with Frederic Délestré and vibraphone studies with David Patrois. His DEM jazz diploma was unanimously graded ‚very good‘ with congratulations from the Jury in 2013.
During his Paris years he attended several master classes, including with Wat Wat Watts, Chris Potter, barbatuques, Mike Stern, Mike Manieri, Bojan Z, Dave Liebman …
He also set up his own project the “RG Hybrid Project” (Soul Funk Hip Hop) which played many venues in Paris and several festivals in France.
He arrived in Brussels in 2014, where he studied at the Royal Conservatory with Guy Cabay. He has since performed alongside Belgian musicians such as Fabrice Alleman, Frederic Jacquemin, Igor Gehenot and Kaer from Starflam.
Began to play music at the age of 8 on the “Kabosy”, a traditional Malagasy instrument.
Self-taught, Joel combines contemporary music and jazz with a touch of traditional Malagasy style.
Like most players on the island, he does not use a plectrum (pick) but plays with all five fingers.
This allows him to create complex rhythms and multiple parallel lines.
A left-handed guitarist, his instrument configured ‚in reverse‘, Joel exploits his limitless imagination and his refined ear to create a unique playing style,.
He has collaborated with many internationally renowned artists such as Thomas Enhco, David Linx and Linley Marthe.