We are happy to announce the signature of the amazing Finnish accordionist and composer Kimmo Pohjonen for the world ex. Scandinavia. Pohjonen’s latest album “Sensitive Skin”, released in September/October, is now at No. 2 of the European world music charts. “Sensitive Skin is emotionally engaging, intellectually fascinating and demandingly exuberant.” (Julian May, Songlines***** Top of the World), whereas the other well established magazine, Mojo, comments: ”ridiculously accessible, with strong melodies and great arrangements” The artist is touring internationally both with this new project and his previous one, “Uniko”, recorded together with the Kronos Quartet.
Posted November 26, 2015
Sylvain Chauveau, a French composer/artist who just returned from a tour of Japan followed by a London festival, is now celebrating in concert, here in Paris, the reedition of his CD “Down to the Bone”, interpretations of Depeche Mode songs with chamber music arrangements and his vocals, originally released 10 years ago. Sylvain has had his music released, amongst others, on the English labels Type and FatCat, and now has two new albums on release in France (label "Brocoli"http://www.brocoli.org/artist/sylvain-chauveau) and on the Japanese label Flau Records. A new movie featuring Chauveau’s latest film music work called Interruption by Greek producer Yorgos Zoïs was just premiered at the Mostra Venise international film festival.
Posted November 12, 2015
On November 17, just before this month’s Paris concert, vibraphone player and composer Pascal Schumacher and his group will be performing their project “Left Tokyo Right” at the Barbican during the London Jazz Festival. With the subtle, polished sound of his quartet as a base, he has created a piece of art in which Pascal Schumacher’s creative skill can be felt through his vibraphone, truly touching the Japanese soul.
We have concluded a collaboration with a young French pianist/composer with a great potential. Armel Dupas has just had his first, very well received CD out on Harmonia Mundi/Jazz Village here in France, but he has been active as a musician and composer for a number of years, amongst others as a collaborator of the well-known French artists Henri Texier (composer, musical director, bass player) and the great singer and actress Sandra Nkaké, but also as a composer of music for films for some well established French directors like Arnaud Desplechin and Michel Gondry.
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...