Creation and artistic direction

LA CAMERATA String Quartet


Creation and  artistic direction: Karim Maurice
Hamidou: Voice, Mandola
Karim Maurice: Arrangements, Compositions, Keyboards
Kamal Mazouni: Percussion
Brice Berrerd: Double bass
La Camerata string quartet:
Gaël Rassaert and Mathieu Schmaltz: Violin
Jean-Baptiste Magnon: Viola
Amandine Lefèvre: Cello


Koum Tara band is a meeting of four musical universe around the same project, created and managed by the pianist composer Karim Maurice : traditional music Châabi, classic string quartet, current music and jazz. The repertoire of Châabi Algerian singer Sid Ahmed Belksier was a true inspiration for this project.

Those musical themes have been worked, put out of shape, re-harmonized, restructured in order to build a crossroad of all cultures in a mixed show. Each musician gave his own identity and his specific skills for this project.

An authentic cultural trip offering unique combination of music and true fusion of styles thanks to the diversity of the band.

Poetry and Châabi traditional melodies merge with the tradition of occidental string quartet, jazz improvisation and electronic music.

At a time when humanity, respect for cultures and tolerance appear to be necessary values in order to establish a better world, this show offers a musical universe where everybody can contribute to build his identity, his cultural heritage and his originality to share his love of singing the universal language of the world : music.