A project inspired by the dark turning points the world is facing today, but also by the omnipresent and evident beauty that surrounds us. Led by the French based Australian guitarist Alex Stuart, the compositions are influenced as much by the urban landscapes of Paris as the wild coasts of Australia. These are the inspirations for their new album “Aftermath”, intuitive music which defies boundaries, blending jazz, minimalist music rock, pop, groove and world music.
The group features a stellar cast of Paris’s finest jazz musicians. Between them they have performed with many jazz and world music greats, including multi-Grammy winner Chucho Valdes, Pharoah Sanders, Tony Allen, Jimmy Cliff, Etienne Mbappé, De La Soul, Guillaume Perret and Mamani Keita.
“Poetic music without borders that invites us into trance like states and inner journeying… 4 stars” Félix Marciano – Jazz Magazine
“Without doubt one of the best albums of the year” Sebastien Helary – Nextbop
“One of the beautiful musical episodes of the year” Nathalie Piolé – France Musique
“A panoramic and exotic soundscape that transports us to other places” Michel Mompontet – France Info – Des Mots de Minuit
“This is a superb recording from which fans of contemporary improvisation will derive much audio pleasure… 5 stars” Barry O’Sullivan – Fine Music Magazine
“The music almost makes one see oneself hand on colt on the main street of Dalton City.’ Citizen Jazz’Unifying music.” Latin de Jazz… & Cie
Major shows • Jazz à Juan (FR), Jazz à l’Ouest (FR), Jazz en Touraine (FR), Wangaratta Jazz Festival (AU), Pune Jazz Utsav (IN), Odemira Jazz Festival (PT), Congo Square Jazz Fest (USA), Jazz Contreband (CHL), Festiva’son (FR), Jazz à Frontenay (FR), Goa Heritage Jazz Festival (IN), The New Morning Paris (FR), The Blue Frog Mumbai (IN)…
Australian guitarist Alex Stuart moved to Paris in 2005. In 2010, his quartet released the album Around (“Révélation Jazz Magazine/Jazzman”, 4 stars in The Australian). Before Around, his first album Waves, was recorded in Sydney in 2005 (“strong music from an emerging talent” – Mal Stanley ABC Classic FM Australia).
In July 2011, the ‘Alex Stuart Quartet’ won the “Révélation 2011 de Jazz à Juan” and took away the Jury Prize. The group has played at numerous festivals and clubs around the world including Jazz à l’Ouest, Jazz en Touraine, Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Pune Jazz Utsav, Jazz à Juan, Odemira Jazz Festival, Congo Square Jazz Fest, Jazz Contreband, Festiva’son, Jazz à Frontenay, Goa Heritage Jazz Festival, The Blue Frog Mumbai, The Sunset/Sunside, The Baiser Salé, Bennetts Lane, ANU School of Music…
In 2013, Stuart was nominated for the Freedman Fellowship (prize for the best young talents of Australian jazz). He released his third album Place to Be to critical acclaim in 2014 hailed as “Undoubtedly one of the best jazz albums of the year” “5 stars” (Nouvelle Vague), “An absolutely superb album” (Alex Dutilh, France Musique), “A compact, virile, homogenous group sound” (Jazz Magazine)… Stuart plays and has played with Alula, Collektor, Banville/Pysz/Stuart, Guillaume Perret, Jérome Regard, Moonlight Benjamin, Julien Wilson, Brice Wassy, Bruno Angelini, Munir Hossn, Remi Vignolo and many more…
Irving Acao was born on February 24, 1977 in Cuba. He begins music at the age of seven, first studying piano at the school of classical music Luis Casas Romero before choosing the saxophone at his tenth birthday. Like a revelation, the instrument does not leave anymore. He continues his training with Roberto Benitez, who becomes his Professor of Classical Music at José Blanco School in Camaguey. Irving creates his first quintet of saxophones developing his musical writing. Influenced by jazz greats, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Mccoy Tyner, Ivan Lins, Cesar Portillo De Luzou, Emiliano Salvador, he begins to taste the pleasure of improvisation.
During his studies, Irving won many awards municipal and national offices, including the Amadeus Roldan Diploma. Irving is hired as a teacher saxophone at José Blanco School. Quickly, his ambitions, his energy, and the desire to develop his projects push him to leave for the capital, Havana. Influenced by the excellent musical dynamism of the moment, he attends the lessons of the great saxophonists Steve Coleman and Antonio Hart, develops and refines his game. At nineteen, he participated in the founding of the group Otra Vision, directed by the flautist performer and composer Orlando Vallez (Maracas), with which he records his first album, Havana Calling. Two years later, during a televised concert, he is spotted by the virtuoso pianist, composer and arranger Chucho Valdés, creator of the legendary Irakere formation, in which played Paquito D’Rivera, Roman Filiu, Carlos Sanduro, Carlos Emilio Morales, Jose Luis Cortes, Jorge Luis Chicoy, Julio Padron, German Velazco, Anga Dias, or El Nino. It is within this institution of Cuban music, the first of the island to be crowned with a Grammy Award for Best Latin Album in 1978, the young saxophonist perfected his know-how.
Irving now travels the international scenes he shares with, among others, Roy Hargrove, Michel Camilo, Danilo Perez, Mccoy Tyner, David Murray, Changuito, Claudio Roditi, Juan Pablo Torres and Giovanni Hidalgo. He then joined the new formations of Chucho Valdés, Jazz in clave and the Chucho Valdés Quartet; he participates with the latter in the recording of the album New Conception, which gets a Grammy nomination for the best Latin album in 1999. In 2002, Irving moved to Paris where he quickly found his place in various projects. His classical training, his musical experience and his Afro-Cuban roots lead him to play very styles different: african music, latin jazz, fusion, pop, rap, music Cuban or Brazilian, Irving likes to vary styles and adapts easily.
He works with Tony Allen, Stéphane Belmondo, Alain Jean Marie, Jimmy Cliff, Ray Lema, Orichas, Dave Liebman, Nicolas Folmer, Jean My Truong (with whom he records the album The Blue Light, attended by Mike Stern as special guest), Harold Lopez Nussa, Alex Stuart, Leonardo Montana, Felipe Cabrera, Lukmil Perez, Mokhtar Samba, Franck Amsallem, Mario Canonge, David Murray, Andy Narell, Orlando Poleo, and the Comic Opera Jérôme Savary …
Arno de Casanove
Originally from Bayonne, Arno de Casanove settled in Paris in 2010 after obtaining a Master’s degree in Political Science at Sciences Po Bordeaux and Berkeley. He is today a very active musician, be it on the stage in jazz, his favored style, or in other aesthetics.
In 2016 and 2017, he collaborated on many jazz albums, mainly as a trumpet player, but also as composer, singer or keyboardist. He recorded with Etienne Mbappe, Lou Tavano, Laurent Cugny, Alex Stuart, as many groups with which he regularly performs on stage. Versatile musician, we find him since 2013 in the group of indie pop Baden Baden, with keyboards, voice and trumpet, and punctually with other groups in the Parisian independent scene.
He collaborates since 2015 with Radio France and Radio Mouv around the Mouv Live Show and the Hip Hop Symphonique project, in the I AM, MC Solaar, Oxmo Puccino. We also saw him with various world famous hip hop, soul and world music artists such as De La Soul, Oum, Blitz the Ambassador, Har Mar Super star.
Finally, he formed in 2017 the group Mundua, between pop and jazz, founded on vocals, keyboard and trumpet. Unclassifiable multi-instrumentalist, navigating between different styles, Arno de Casanove claims total freedom in his artistic choices. He strives to bring into each project its personal musical identity and singular, always at the service of music and emotion.
Ouriel Ellert, bassist composer grew up close to nature while listening to Jazz and world music. In addition to his first profession of carpenter, he studied in various jazz schools and conservatories, current music and Afro-Cuban music. He becomes very early professional musician and comes to settle in Paris in 2009.
He had the chance to collaborate with various artists national and international Mamani Keita, Martha High, Black eyes, Maya Kamaty, Alexis Gruss Orchestra, Olivier Ker Ourio, Natascha Rogers, Bastien Picot, Laurent Derache, Alex Stuart, Anthony Jambon, …
In 2013, he started his own Nowhere trio, for which he writes modern and electric music by tapping into these multiple influences.
You can hear it today on stage or on recordings in very varied musical styles ranging from jazz to electro and music African, Cuban music, pop, soul, etc. One thing is certain, he never forgets nature, his nature.
Antoine Banville starts the drums at the age of 10 and starts a very early self-taught journey around the compositions of the pianist Gaël Le Billan. He studied Classical Percussion and Jazz at CNR in Caen, as well as that the Musical Writing with Jean-Michel Bardez. He deepens his study and his culture of the battery with Jean-Louis Méchali, excellent connoisseur and friend of Elvin Jones and Jack Dejohnette.
At the age of 20, he extends his musical practice to the rhythms of World Music with musicians from all horizons such as Teofilo Chantre (Cap-Vert) ; Fadella & Sahraoui, Hocine Boukella (Algeria); Atissou Loco (Haiti); Leïti M’Baye (Senegal); René Aubry (France); Djaïma (Bulgaria); Lena shamamyan (Syria), Dede Saint-Prix (Martinique).
His passion for Jazz aroused the interest of the greatest French musicians, Stéphane Guillaume, Django Reinhardt Award 2009, Sergio Gruz, proposed 2004 VIctoires de la Musique for “Ensemble” or Jean-Philippe Viret, nominated for the Victoires de la Musique 2002 for the album «Etant Donné, “or Emmanuel Bex, David Venitucci, Sylvain Beuf, Stéphane Kerecki, Manu Codjia, Thomas Pourquery, Nicolas Folmer, Emile Parisien, Christophe Wallemme.
However, he is involved in several projects in a consistent way, as the Trio of Gaël Lebillan, Sergio Gruz’s Quartet, Alex Stuart’s Quintet and than Olivier Calmel’s Double-Celli. It is with the Quartet of Stéphane Guillaume that he pursues his longest musical experience, hailed in 2009 by the Academy of Jazz with “Windmills Chronicles”, Best Record of the Year. They are currently playing the compositions of “Pewter Session”, their 4th disc which signs the 15 first years of this Quartet. Pharoah Sanders will be using his talents in 2011 for concerts in France and England. He also shared his experience with choreographers like Carolyn Carlson, Cina Paco, Virginia Heinen, Pierre Doussaint, all researchers of this emotion that rhythm causes when it is conscientiously orchestrated in improvisations that are integral to the Dance.
Aftermath • 2018 (Jazz Family / Socadisc)
Place to Be • 2014 (Gaya Music / Socadisc)
Around • 2010 (Self Produced)
Waves • 2018 (Arts ACT)
Alex Stuart • guitar
Irving Acao • saxophone & piano
Arno de Casanove • trumpet, voice & keyboards
Ouriel Ellert • bass
Antoine Banville • drums
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