ABOUT

BLOUZouki is an international world music band originally formed in Istanbul, in 2012. The band’s leader, Hugo Labattut, is a French singer, songwriter, musician and composer. His music is heavily influenced by his travels; he takes inspiration from making new discoveries and the places he visits shape his songwriting and lyrics. Indeed talking to local people, listening to their stories and turning them into songs is what BLOUZouki is all about: Labattut uses his songs to paint a portrait of the world he sees, in a musical style that embraces blues, swing, chanson and more.

Having been born on the streets of Istanbul, BLOUZouki travelled all over Europe before settling in its current home, Lisbon. The band’s latest album, “Uncle Joe”, was recorded in Istanbul in 2019 with an ensemble of international musicians, many of them Turkish. To present that album and more to Lisbon audiences, Labattut is now joined by Daniel Ribeiro on guitar, Rafael Morgado on double bass and Alessandro Tomei on drums.

TRAVEL MUSIC

Writing a song about travel and adventure is my favourite thing. There is nothing I enjoy more than traveling and I always carry my guitar to play and catch all the melodies I can on the way!

A country swing to dance

My first memory of swing music is a cd of Sidney Bechet that my mother had. There was a version of...

A travel song for Georgia

Writing music on the road Writing a song during traveling is probably the easiest thing for me. I just have to...

STREET MUSIC

Street music is probably the most beautiful experience I ever had in my life. It’s a moment where anyone can have access to music, where people from different social class can appreciate something together. I learnt a lot from my busking time.

The Hobo Blues

The first time I listened to John Lee Hooker Hobo Blues’s song, I was captivated. That music was speaking to me...

Street Music in Berlin

I moved to Berlin in the winter 2017, I got my favorite megaphone and banjo and lived my first experience of...

Street Music in Istanbul

Playing on the street, or busking is how I live my life for long years now and when I arrived in...

ACOUSTIC MUSIC

I think acoustic music is what moves me the most. I like hearing the wood vibrating inside of a guitar, a bouzouki, a double-bass… Or the air jumping out from a tuba, a trumpet…

Looking for country blues covers

I was driving through the country side of France, thinking about how to find a perfect cover to play with our...

Covering a Bob Brozman Calypso

I’ve been listening to blues and New Orleans music since a very long time. I discovered the great multi instrumentalist Bob...