Moiizah (Pronounced Mow.ee.zar)
For his emergent adult years, Rivo Noarivelo was active on the music scene in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, an Island in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa. In bands, on tour and all the things that go with it, gave him a unique musical grounding.
But love eventually brought Rivo from Madagascar to Norway, and he brought his guitar and his songs with him. In Norway, he coincidentally met Thomas Bang (Bass) and Marius Munthe-Kaas (Drums/Percussion) as a backing band for Rasoanaivo Hanitrarivo in 2012. They invited Henning Rød Haugland to join them, and together they formed Moiizah in 2013.
The Norwegian members are all educated jazz musicians, very active in the vibrant music scene of Stavanger, Norway, and cover a wide range of musical styles - from jazz and string swing to noise rock and industrial funk - church music, folk, brazilian maracatou and cutting edge avant garde. They can be heard on several recordings, and have worked with musicians like ……… They are active in bands like Machinenfestung, Kitchen Orchestra, Mirakkels Orkester - and of course Moiizah!
Always the sideman, previously Rivo never took centre stage. But he’s now the front man and songwriter of Moiizah, who collectively fuse Rivos songs of Malagasy (Madagascan language) words, African rythmns and a European sound. Traditions join together in a landscape where Africa meets Europe, old school meets “schooled” and warm meets cold.
Four years, four kids and a handful of gigs later, they recorded their first EP - TANY MENA and then their debut album, AMBARAO- in the Sound of Jura studios on the windswept Scottish island of Jura, with well known world music producer Giles Perring ( credits) manning the mixing desk. Giles became the musical glue and his studio and the Island of Jura became the atmosphere to create recordings where Folk, pop and jazz fuse and when norwegian musicians meet Madagascan Rivo on an almost deserted scottish island.