Great drummer Trilok Gurtu, of Indian origin and currently based in Germany, will be performing again with his trio at Jazz in Marciac, one of the most important, if not the most important French Jazz Festival, at the end of July. At that same festival, he is also invited by the Jan Garbarek group as a featured artist. Gurtu’s latest CD “Spellbound”, a homage to avant-garde trumpeter Don Cherry (of whose band Trilok Gurtu was a member for some years), far too little known despite of excellent reviews, features great trumpeters: the Italian Paolo Fresu, the Norwegian Nils Peter Molvaer, the German Matthias Schriefl the French/Lebanese Ibrahim Maalouf and Turkey’s Hasan Gözetlik.
Posted April 29, 2015
French composer and brilliant saxophone and clarinet player Sylvain Rifflet’s concert with his band/project Alphabet has been much appreciated by the international professional audience at the recent jazzahead! festival and convention opening night in Bremen last week. The CD will be on release on Jazz Village/Harmonia Mundi in autumn. The group will tour China in May, with other dates to follow.
Posted April 28, 2015
After the release of the amazing reissue of “City – Works of Fiction” by Jon Hassell in an extended 3 CD version through Warp Records, now sold out, the artist will play three dates in Europe in May: at the Jazzhouse Copenhagen, the London Denovali Festival and at the Hamburg, Germany Elbjazz Festival. Amongst the media comments: “Almost all of the musicians I meet at the moment seem to regard Jon Hassell as one of the God-like geniuses of contemporary music.” – David Toop (The Wire)
Posted April 03, 2015
Great concert last night at a crowded, enthusiastic Sunside Jazz Club in Paris : American, French based drummer Sangoma Everett (past collaborations include Mal Waldron, Barney Wilen, Joe Lee Wilson, Tommy Flanagan, Steve Lacy, Clark Terry, Linda Hopkins, Memphis Slim, Jimmy Smith, and many more) has created a new trio with two young Frenchmen, including a 20 year old, immensely talented pianist and composer: Bastien Brison. Their album will be on release on Naïve Records, France, this month.
Posted March 23, 2015
Australian singer/songwriter Melanie Horsnell , a big fan of France and everything French, will have a new album out shortly, called “Blue Butterfly”, sung in English and in French, and recorded with local musicians (Moira Montier, Paddy Sherlock, Laurent Delahaye, Melissa Cox, Stuart Mudie) in Paris last December. Here is a first link
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...