Jazz Migration Tour 2016 laureate
Album “Volons” awarded by Citizenjazz
Top 10 of the year 2016 for Jazz New
A project from Pegazz & L’Hélicon Company, National Company for Jazz
Pégazz & L’Hélicon is a musical collective built around Ping Machine : this 15 musicians large ensemble is a creative laboratory standing at the crossroads of jazz and contemporary music initiated in 2005 by Frédéric Maurin. As a complement to his orchestral writing, the collective federates also many smaller and more flexible formations led either by Frédéric Maurin or by other musicians-composers in order to offer further paths of exploration. Ranging from Schwab Soro duo, the electric guitars trio Flamenco Punk, the unconventional quartet Big Four, to the visionnary and largely acclaimed large ensemble Ping Machine. All of them are inventing the music of tomorrow on the French jazz scene.
Due to the high quality of its production, Pégazz & L’Hélicon have been awarded the prestigious label « compagnie nationale » (national artistic company) from French Ministry of Culture.
Late 2011, the idea of an unusual duet comes to the mind of those two musicians, playing together for a few years already – from their studies in the conservatory of Paris to Ping Machine Orchestra, founded by the guitarist Frederic Maurin.They both speak the same language, pursuing the same spontaneity : poetry is the cornerstone of their debates. Their compositions are brief and blunt, inspired by Raphael Schawbs writing, which becomes an improvisation’s canvas they share with their audience through suspended moments of grace, humor, and after all, music.
“A combination that has gained powerthroughout the shows, numerous in 2016 thanks to Jazz Migration’s action.” — Jazz Magazine 11/16, Franck Bergerot
“It’s a promise kept for this second album of this duet, rowdybut also incredibly mature. Two red-hot instrumentists, navigating through high seas that had been not yet discovered.”
— Jazznews 12/16, Pierre Tenne
“Volons! is this beautiful albumwith incredible sound recording, where two musicians who provoke aweamong Ping Machine or elsewhere get together in a particular formula that
works terrifically.” — DJAM 10/16, Pierre Tenne
“The high point is maybe this “Jolie Valse Joyeuse” which to itself defines the perfect spirit of a music made freely.” — Citizenjazz 10/16, Denis Dessassis
“Who wants to fly with them is warmly invited.” — Jazzthetik 11/16, Thomas Kölsch
“Schwab Soro duet takes off and we can not but try to copy them, due to our need of lightness. Raphael and Julien commit to their leap of faith, and we’re happy to jump into
the unknown with them, a second album which success that spreads further than the boarder, a success they did not steal.” — Citizenjazz 11/16, Anne Yven
“Even a title like Jeroma in which the saxo alto spins like a whip in a starred sky and in which the bass’ notes like raindrops slowly fall on the ground, smashing softly on a wooden floor, suffice to the acquisition of their album.” — Jazzthing 11/16, Reiner Kobe
“A pleasant humor, never invasive, which strolls like a red line along the 9 tracks. Needless to say that the two musicians are masters in the art of playing their instruments, the duet
having proven that already in the first album.” — Jazz Podium 11/16, Rainer Bratfisch
“There is an habit of game between those two, of course, but here it seems truly transcendanted. It stems from this an apeased and strinkingly pleasant album. The kind
that warms the heart without any kind of doubts. It’s enjoyable.” — Franpisunship.com 11/16, Franpi Barriaux
“Julien Soro et Raphael Schwab largely showed the successof their shared project and their disk confirms it with vigor.” — Culturejazz 12/16
Raphael Schwab graduated form the Conservatoire of Paris and titulary of the CA of Jazz Musician interpret, improviser and composer, he is taking part to numerous project of various styles, from jazz (with the Big Band Ping Machine) to contemporary music (with Le Balcon’s orchestra) but also classical music and performing Arts (Patrick Chamblas’s « Né dans un piano »). It’s been five years that he’s part of a duet with Julien Soro, saxophonist, to which he is the initiator and for which he composes. The second opus of Schwab Soro duet (Volons ! Neuklang, 2016) was just released and was warmly welcomed.
Jazz First Price with High Honors of the Conservatoire National Suéprieur de musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP), he’s one of the most talented young musicians of his generation. He started as leader of the sextet Inama then sideman with the trombonist Glenn Ferris and in Louis Chautemps and François Janneau’s quatuor of saxophonists. In 2009, he founded the quartet Big Four with which he releases four opus. He also plays for Schwab Soro duet, he’s part of Kami Quintet – then Octet of Pascal Charrier, and finally joins the Ozma quintet, with which he goes in international tours since 2015 (Germany, Central Europe, Colombia, Asia).
Studiokonzert • Neuklang – Recorded live at Bauer Studios, Germany (2017)
Volons ! • Neuklang (2016)
Schwab Soro • Neuklang (2013)
Raphaël Schwab • double bass
Julien Soro • saxophones