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Posted June 25, 2015

The young French lady trumpet player and composer Airelle Besson has been granted yet another award, of great discovery (jazz) at the Victoires de la musique for her beautiful music and playing, following the release of a duet with the Brasilian guitarist Nelson Veras on the French Naïve label. She celebrated the event with a performance by her new quartet, whose album will be on release in the autumn.

Posted June 17, 2015

The much revered American blues artist Mighty Sam McClain left us yesterday. We are sad and wish his wife and family all possible strength to deal with his departure. Sam had recorded another album with the Norwegian guitarist Knut Reiersrud and his band as his last project; The album will be on release on the German label Act. His music will survive him for a long time.

Posted June 10, 2015

Last night, American pianist Jacky Terrasson performed an absolutely brilliant concert in front of a full house and a very enthusiastic audience at the Olympia here in Paris, one of the oldest and most prestigious concert venues in town. He had invited some very appreciated artist friends to the event, too. Amongst them: the wonderful singer Cécile McLorin Salvant, trumpet player Stéphane Belmondo, Brasilian, French based guitarist/singer/songwriter Marcio Faraco, Argentinian percussionist Minino Garay, two other lady singers from France and a very attractive and original young lady dancer: Catherine Denecy.

Posted May 29, 2015

The Marco Polo Project by Greek composer, producer and oud player Kyriakos Kalaitzidis, released on French label World Village, continues concert presentations with his group En Chordais and the Ensemble Constantinople all over the world. After recent successes, amongst others, at the New York Lincoln Center and the Berlin Philharmonic Hall (sold out) the group will be playing at Festivals in Malta, in Paris and at the Carthago International Festival in Tunis next!

Posted May 22, 2015

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.

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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