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Posted January 20, 2015

Trumpet player Airelle Besson is the latest recipient of the great award of French musician of the year (Django Reinhardt) attributed by the Académie du Jazz, composed of sixty jazz professionals (media, musicians, organisers etc.) for her album “Prelude” recorded with Brasilian guitarist Nelson Veras, as well as for her concerts and musical contributions to various projects by other well known musicians.

Posted January 19, 2015

Mezzo TV, a worldwide tv channel, will present, on March 5, a show with concerts by Arto Lindsay, Japanese composer/producer and creator Jun Miyake and Cuban pianist Carlos Maza & Familia with cellist Vincent Segal. The evening is dedicated to Remy Kolpa Kopoul, a big personality in the French music scene for many years now; a journalist, dj and radio animator (Radio Nova) and great artist supporter, with a contemporary taste in world music and knowledgeable in all styles of music.

Posted November 26, 2014

Apart from getting some great reviews for his most recent release, Jun Miyake is making his way in the French music scene with the film music for a very French style movie called “Tiens-toi droite” (“Keep straight”) launched here. His LILIES OF THE VALLEY, originally one of German choreographer Pina Bausch’s music choices, has once again been used ; this time for a very successful dance piece called “Tutu” by French choreographer Philippe Lafeuille, now performed in Paris at the famous Bobino theatre for three months.

Posted November 05, 2014

A very musical, very laid back duo recording by the lady composer and trumpet player Airelle Besson and her musical partner, the Brasilian guitarist Nelson Veras, for the Naïve Jazz release Prélude of October, 2014 is getting amazing reactions from the media here. Virtually all relevant French press, specialized and general, Parisian and local dailies, vaunts the delicacy, the quality of the compositions and the stylish recording of this amazing duo, which had already been performing in many big festivals over the last few years. The duo will perform in concert in Paris this Friday, amongst others, and in New York as part of a festival in January, 2015.

Posted October 31, 2014

November celebrations all round for some brilliant reviews of Sylvain Rifflet’s Moondog project in the most read weekly (in terms of jazz reviews), Télérama, and for the “Choc” reviews of the major French jazz monthly, Jazz Magazine/JazzMan, for two other outstanding French releases: the duo of lady trumpet player and composer Airelle Besson with Brasilian guitarist Nelson Veras, “Prélude” on Naïve, and the collaboration between Jean-Marie Machado and Dave Liebman: ”Media Luz” on French label La Buissonne. In the same magazine, a very good article concerning the latest Jun Miyake release, “Lost Memory Theatre – Act-2” (Yellowbird/Enja), and two more “chocs” for Wadada Leo Smith’s latest release “The Great Lakes Suite”, and Nguyen Le’s latest Act release “Celebrating the Dark Side of the Moon”.

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Posted January 13, 2015

The year 2015 will be a crucial one for music, for the artists and for the music business. Times are changing more and more quickly, and we all need to adapt, find new solutions, make new connections while pursuing our various musical passions. In France, like in many other countries, independent record companies and distributors are struggling, music publishers need to adapt to new systems at our SACEM society and need to try and make up for missing support for artists/authors/composers elsewhere; giving artistic advice, creating connections with other musicians, helping to find labels and... more