ithak groupe band
ITHAK from left to right: Thomas Ballarini, Seb El Zin, Antoine Viard, Stéphane Gasquet

The representatives of the Techno-Harmonic Institute of Kosmic Allegiance develop a fusion with multiple inheritance: post-punk, turko-pop, industrial rock, contemporean music…

finely chiseled and multilingual texts, unexpected melodies and grooves sharp as a knife are the key to this organic maelstrom from which emerge a new, original and borderless sound.

Guitars that stain, spellbinding keyboards, overpowered saxophone and primal drumming is all you need for a trip into this engaged, angry and free music.

In 2005, Seb El Zin devised a band in the shape of a syncretic elk. He gathered in Paris musicians bred in the worldwide sound. Toghether they forged new alloys, drawing on boardless landscapes opened by their imaginations and encounters. So much so that twelve years later, references about their music fly from all sides. And that is what appeals to people who listen to Ithak: a Babel-band with whom you can travel around the , notes as hyperlinks, some music which is mysterious and well-known.

« I really love your crazy sounds »
John Zorn

« Very original and quite avant-garde »
Steve Hillage (Gong, System 7…)

« In my whole life as a musician, I’ve never heard anything like this !!!! ITHAK don’t imitate anybody and nobody can imitate them !!! THIS is tomorrow’s music ! Thanks guys, you exploded music’s boundaries… It’s unique »
Felix Sabal-Lecco (drummer – Prince, Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel, Herbie Hancock…)

« Nice discovery! »
Urban Sax

« Everything is perfect: music, lyrics, visuals! »
Palo Alto

« What can we say… really creative approach with the instruments and outstanding compositions!!! »
Dispositivo Per Il Lancio Obliquo di una Sferetta

« Des rythmiques complexes tripantes, un psychedelisme savant, de la rage, du gros son, Dada, Zappa et de la prose francaise…Je vote ITHAK… »

« Forget all you know about music!! Open your ears and your senses!! Here comes a unique and new sound, a psychedelic sonic hurricane, a cosmic-oriental trip, here comes the Freejazz ElectroPunk, Here comes ITHAK!!!! »
Benoit Cholet

SEB EL ZIN : guitars, saz, ney, voice
STÉPHANE GASQUET : synthesizers
ANTOINE VIARD : baritone saxophone
THOMAS BALLARINI : drums, percussions

They shared in Ithak’s journey :
François Sabin (baritone saxophone), Erick Borelva (drums), David “Daahood” Poirier, Augustin d’Assignies, Stéfanus Vivens (keyboards).

«The migrations phenomenon is a revealing fact about the present-day world. Its musical impact will probably remain as one the most significant elements of music history in the late 1900s and the early 2000s.»
Laurent Aubert, Musiques migrantes

by Igor Juget