Airelle Besson, a very creative and very successful young trumpet player and composer, has been performing, amongst other jazz greats, at the 60th anniversary gala evening organized by the French Jazz Academy here in Paris last night, at the big and beautiful Theatre du Chatelet. She was the winner of the Django Reinhardt prize of the Academy as best new jazz artist last year. This year’s winner of the same prize is the young pianist and composer Paul Lay, also published here, who performed a beautiful solo piece at the great event.
Posted January 26, 2016
Toma Feterman is a French artist with Eastern European origins who is very well known here in France : for his creativity and success with the group La Caravane Passe and his Freylekh Trio, for that of the duo Soviet Suprem with artist partner R.Wan, the most current project, but also for various musical creations for local stars like Eric Antoine, a very successful magician/entertainer. We are thrilled to announce that a new album by La Caravane Passe called “Canis Carmina” will be out in February, in Germany and France to start with.
Posted January 21, 2016
In the past, French saxophone player and composer Raphaël Imbert, also a writer of books about different approaches to jazz, has had projects dedicated to John Coltrane and J.S. Bach, to Mozart and Albert Ayler, to the music of the Apalachees… This time around, with his new release “MUSIC IS MY HOME”, the music of the “Deep South” of the USA has been his big inspiration, with its touches of blues, jazz and soul, and with an input by bluesmen like Big Ron Hunter and Alabama Slim as well as by the cellist, singer and composer Leyla McCalla and some great French musicians like, amongst others, the drummer lady Anne Paceo. The first reactions here in France express all the fascination for this new release.
Posted January 05, 2016
Paul Bley, the magnificent pianist and composer who started his career as a major creator during the free jazz period and who has impressed us since by his immense originality, his sense of adventure but also his delicacy, has left us all on January 3, 2016, at the age of 83 years. Having had the chance to represent his magnificent work across Europe for some 25 years, we will miss him immensely – but his music will remain with us.
Posted January 04, 2016
New Year News: Finish composer and accordionist KIMMO POHJONEN’s – “SENSITIVE SKIN” (Octopus/Ondine) is No. 1 on WMCE (World Music Charts Europe).
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...