Loïs Le Van

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Loïs le Van has been recognized by the main French jazz monthly Jazz Magazine as the “French discovery of the year 2014”; mostly, but not only, with respect to the album The Other Side by the Loïs le Van Sextet (the album was listed as a “Discovery” (Revelation) in Jazz Magazine and “Selected” (Élu) in the magazine Citizen Jazz). He had already distinguished himself in 2012 at the international competition “Voicingers” in Żory, Poland, where he impressed a jury consisting of the American jazz singer and pianist Patricia Barber, the Swedish jazz artist Lars Danielsson and French jazz journalist/music professional Thierry Quenum.

Having finished his studies at the Conservatory of Lyon, France, Loïs le Van continued his musical education in California, where he studied with Roger Letson. He received a Master of Jazz degree in Brussels under the tuition of David Linx. During this time he had the opportunity to benefit from the experiences of renowned musicians such as Kurt Elling, Mark Murphy or Mark Turner, during numerous internships and master classes. In addition, Diederik Wissels and Daniel Goyone guided him, influencing his approach on composition.

Playing very eclectic jazz and always keen to create something new and original, Loïs le Van founded the Loïs le Van Sextet, a band whose compositions and arrangements on flugelhorn and French horn display all the nuances of his voice. In parallel, his interest in poetry is expressed in the duo Les Yeux de Berthe, co-created with pianist Sandrine Marchetti, whose first album Feuilles et nuages combines music with the contemporary poetry of Philippe Jaccottet. Loïs le Van also performs in the duo Stilte with guitarist Aliocha Thévenet creating unusual and innovative jazz in the two albums Anti – flirt and Stilte.

As a fan of polyphonic experiments (especially as a member of the Belgian group Brussels Vocal Project, as well as the Californian band Vocal Flight, which won the Downbeat Award in 2008 and Festival de Jazz Vocal in Reno in 2007) Loïs is now the co-leader of the a cappella sextet Ego System. He also collaborated with Belgian jazz-rock band Canopée (album Aveugles Éblouis, 2013).

Amongst numerous plans for 2016, the first project to be mentioned is the recording of an album with his new quartet (Bruno Ruder, Chris Jennings and Sylvain Rifflet) for a March 2016 release. Furthermore, the album Tombés du ciel of the band Ego System will be released in March 2016. Another novelty is the creation of Odello, a voice-harp duo with harp player Delphine Latil, whose first project has been composed and arranged by Daniel Goyone.

Albums

Rendez-vous à l'ovyne

Label: Cristal Records
Distribution in France: [PIAS]
Release date: November 10, 2017

“Rendez-vous à l’ovyne” is the third album of a truly singular singer.
We must listen to Lois Van as a voice in the shadows, as we read a novel of intrigues. To devour it with the ears, the senses, the thirst for adventure, the fears and the lies and to meet there the cracks, the tenderness, the tears, the chills and the light which reveals a multitude of feelings.
Because what counts in "Rendez-vous à l’ovyne”, is the music of the sentence, the surprise of the narration, the dive into a poetic atmosphere and the pleasure of listening to a tight screenplay, simply.

Loïs Le Van - Rendez-vous à l'ovyne

So Much More

Label: Hevhetia
Distribution in France: Musea Distribution
Release date: September 12, 2016

With courageous, musical freedom as his sole priority, with determination to eliminate any superfluous effects and to blend his music with the poetic texts of a Belgian-American collaborator, Loïs le Van and his splendid quartet take us to the most subtle of realms. A poignant and audacious album for demanding music-lovers, it is tasteful, fully comprised of delicacy – and so much more. The comment of the biggest French jazz magazine: “« Loïs le Van will, with this second album, impose himself as part of the court of the great vocalists “made in Europe”.

Loïs Le Van - So Much More