Astrïd

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Formed in 1997 around Cyril Secq and Yvan Ros, as a guitar/drums duet, astrïd has stabilized with succesive arrivals of the violinist Vanina Andreani (1998) and the clarinettist Guillaume Wickel (2005).

astrïd’s music takes its roots in improvised music, 70s folk and jazz, classical and contemporary music, from Ravel to Arvo Pärt.

Since 2007, the group has been living and working between Nantes and Marseille (France).
astrïd has mostly played in atypical places (theaters, dance places, churches …), and has shared the stage with Rachel’s, Balmorhea, Gregor Samsa, …
astrïd has worked with videasts, choregraphs and on the Guillaume Paturel’s short films trilogy NYC 3.

Cyril Secq also played with Charles-Eric Charrier (Oldman), Mathias Delplanque (Floating roots orchestra), That Summer. astrïd also played and recorded with Sylvain Chauveau. Yvan Ros and Guillaume Wickel play together with the group GGYBS.

Albums

Through the sparkle

Label: Gizeh Records
Release date: September 01, 2017

Through the Sparkle is a collaboration between French ensemble astrïd and American pianist and composer Rachel Grimes. The compositions found on Through the Sparkle glow with a unique, connected energy and a pure, instinctive musical understanding. Through the Sparkle is a record of miniature symphonies, of elegant restraint. A gracious and generous offering from a group of musicians at one with each other and at the top of their game.

Astrïd - Through the sparkle

The West Lighthouse Is Not So Far

Label: Monotype Records
Distribution in France: Metamkine
Release date: May 18, 2015

Created in 1997 around Cyril Secq and Yvan Ros, a duo guitar/drums, astrïd expanded and settled with succesive arrivals of the violin player Vanina Andreani (1998) followed by the clarinet player Guillaume Wickel (2005). astrïd’s music is inspired by improvised music, folk and jazz from the seventies, as well as by classical and contemporary composers, from Maurice Ravel to Arvo Pärt.

Astrïd - The West Lighthouse Is Not So Far

High Blues

Label: Rune Grammofon
Distribution in France: Differ-ant
Release date: May 14, 2012

The music of Astrïd has roots in improvised music, ambient, 70´s folk and jazz, classical and contemporary music from Ravel to Pärt. There´s also a kinship to artist like Philip Glass, Brian Eno, Mark Hollis, No Neck Blues Band and the Rachel’s (who they have performed with) but first and foremost they have established an unique and personal chamber music seamlessly mixing instruments, structures and approaches from both rock and classical music.

Astrïd - High Blues