The collective “TriCollectif” is, along with “Les Vibrants Défricheurs”, the most creative collection of artists in France. “Tricollectif” rocks jazz music, twinkling with spoonerisms from morning till night… and on until dawn. With its parentage of some ten men from Central France or thereabout, Tricollectif dreams of concerts on the moon and space odysseys that intermingle Louis, Lance and Neil Armstrong. The world may be in confusion… but what we have here is life fusion.
Migration stories might be the leitmotiv of this new album released by the excellent pianist Roberto Negro.
Here is the stoy of the cover album :Giorgio Negro, Nini de Savio and Pasqualigo Tito were photographed in 1945 in a little Piedmont village. They were twenty years old, celebrating the end of the war. One year earlier, they were three young members of the Resistance movement, who decided to separate themselves from the Garibaldi brigade to cross enemy lines alone, to eat some tasty soup, before anyone else, on the other side of the Alps. Hunger pushed them to take a huge risk. They made a vow to the Madonna: if they survived, twelve months later, they would commemorate their adventure with a pilgrimage to their birthplace in the Piedmont. This photograph was taken then, with the three young men preparing to uncork a seventh bottle of wine, the first six having gone mouldy. The memory of such times, when history takes a sudden turn and the world tips upside down… a time that the man on the left is one of the last to remember.
Powerful and mysterious, it is also the inspiration behind the piece composed by Roberto Negro. Urgent, evocative and tremendously powerful music, sometimes ferocious even, sparking with humour, long developments and sudden breaks. A piece that plays with contrasts, taking its audience from acrobatics to reverie.
« A masterpiece from a true poet » LES INROCKS
« Magic ! » LIBERATION
« One of the greatest concerts of the year » CITIZEN JAZZ
Although born in Torino to Italian parents, Roberto Negro grew up in Frenchspeaking Kinshasa, in Zaire, which gave him his first musical experiences. Through a multitude of inter-disciplinary collaborations, Roberto has flirted with theatre, poetry and theatrical song . In 2011, he also participated in creating the musicians’ association project “TRICOLLECTIF”, which became the main focus for his creations. He founded the La Scala quartet with Théo Ceccaldi on violin, Valentin Ceccaldi on cello and Adrien Chennebault on drums, all members of Tricollectif, then in 2012, Loving Suite pour Birdy So, a sort of mini-opera for a string quintet and singer, with the singer Elise Caron, developing a deliciously moving variation on the subject of love, hovering between song, improvisation and a new version of classical traditions.
Always on the look out for new opportunities, refreshing experiences and idiomatic experiments that know no boundaries, Roberto Negro is currently working on a number of projects. On top of them, his brand new trio Dadada with Emile Parisien and Michele Rabbia will be recorded for Label Bleu. But also Garibaldi Plop, with Sylvain Darrifourcq and Valentin Ceccaldi the Kimono quartet with Christophe Monniot; his duo with Emile Parisien, Les Métanuits ― a playful adaptation for saxophone and piano of first György Ligeti’s string quartet; the duo with Théo Ceccaldi, Danse de Salon. Since 2013 he collaborates as a composer, pianist and musical director with the theatrical company Les Veilleurs, leaded by Emilie Leroux. His versatile style allows him to play alongside vastly different musicians, including Michel Portal, Louis Sclavis, Daniel Humair, Laurent Dehors, Franck Vaillant, Andy Emler, Joce Mienniel, David Enhco, Luis Vicente, Nicolas Crosse and Eric-Maria Couturier from the Ensemble Inter-Contemporain. In 2016, Roberto is one of the « young revelations » for the french review Jazz Magazine.
Born in 1979 in Orthez (France), he makes his apprenticeship as a classical percussionist. At 15 years Old, he drives himself definitively towards drums and play in his first rock group. He discovers lately jazz music and his meeting with Daniel Humair leads him definitively to a professional pathway. Following up, he settles down in Toulouse and got into the CNR (academy of music) where he obtains his award. In 2003, he establishes his own group : L’Egotiste Sorel with which he makes his first record « life of Henry Brulard » (Aljama records) in tribute to the masterpiece life of Stendhal. 2004, will be a distinguished mark of the beginning Emile’s Parisien Quartet. The group gives rise to a unique sound universe rewarded by the 2009 jazz victories.
Enthusiastic by the temporality questions, space and music breaks, nowadays, he composes today for these trios : IN BED WITH and IN LOVE WITH , he investigates both ambitious projects MILESDAVISQUINTET! and TENDIMITE (duo for percussion and prepared double bass), works beside new generations composers with which he creates musical plays (Le PANTIN, DANS L’ENTRE from Guillaume Hermen…). 2014, time for the DA-Festival creation, event co-managed with the double bassist and Elise Dabrowski singer. Creative music festival supported by Axel Cassel sculptor. This event has the aim to promote multiplicity forms, improvising as well as writing. His precise, quick and creative drums game, leads him into all music experiments, to be expected also as a wanted sideman. Settle down in Paris since 2008, he has also the opportunity to express his wide range of music together with l’Orchestre Philharmoniques de Radio France and Pierre-André Valade, Joëlle Léandre, Tony Malaby, Michel Portal, Louis Sclavis, Marc Ducret, Andrea Parkins, Akosh S., Benoit Delbecq, Andy Emler, Kit Downes, the portugese and italian collective Porta-Jazz et Jazz-Engine…
Through the teachings of Raphaële Semezis, Florian Lauridon, Joëlle Léandre,Pascal Contet, Vincent Courtois, Marc Ducret and Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer ; Valentin Ceccaldi became passionate about jazz and improvised music. In 2007 he created the band Walabix which will become, two years later, the winner of the “tremplin Orléans Jazz », finalist of both the “Concours National de Jazz de La Défense” and of the “tremplin Rezzo Jazz à Vienne”. He then created the trio Marcel et Solange (3rd group price at the “Concours National de Jazz de La Défense 2011”, winner of “Jazz Migration 2013”) and the Théo Ceccaldi Trio (winner of the “tremplin Orléans Jazz 2011”, finalist of the “tremplin Jazz à Vienne 2011”, winner of “Jazz Migration 2014”).
In 2012 he participated in the creation of La Scala, Durio Zibethinus, Toons (winner of the “tremplin Orléans Jazz 2013”) and « la Loving Suite pour Birdy So » of the pianist Roberto Negro with Élise Caron. That same year he co-founded the Tricollectif, an artists collective. Always in search of discovering new ideas, he participated in the project of Médéric Collignon around King Crimson and he has, since 2012, integrated the Frasques Orchestra. He also participated since 2013 in a Franco-English project (SONSALE). This project is supported by the plan Jazz Shuttle of SACEM. In 2013, he won the composer prize at the “Tremplin Jazz Européen d’Avignon”. He has had the pleasure to play with Joëlle Léandre, Louis Sclavis, Denis Badault, Sylvain Darrifourcq, Elise Caron, Samuel Blaser, Christophe Lavergne, Bart Maris, Corey Mwamba, Claude Barthélémy and many others.
Roberto Negro • piano
Valentin Ceccaldi • cello
Sylvain Darrifourcq • drums
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