David Linx – Diederik Wissels Quartet
David Linx is a singer, composer lyricist, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He recorded over fifteen albums as a leader or co-leader and is a regular guest in the world of jazz and other projects (John Cage, Mr. Kagel).
The many awards: Named Chevalier of Arts and Letters by the Minister of Culture in France. Grand Prix of the Academy Charles Cros for best jazz album “One Heart, Three Voices.” European Musician Award of the Academy of 2005 Jazz Adami’s Award for lifetime achievement. Named Chevalier of the Crown by the Minister of Culture in Belgium, Fadila Laanan Grand Prix of the Académie du Jazz for Jazz-Tectonioque Opera Clouds Laurent Cugny 2010 President of the Desire Theatre Company Benoit Thevenoz and Maryam Maxime.
He signed in 2003 Harmonia Mundi, the quartet David Linx – Diederik Wissels released the album This Time, which receives the SHOCK SHOCK of Jazzman. Selected by Talent Jazz Adami 2004 the quartet happened to Jazz in Vienna at the Nice Jazz Festival, the International Jazz Festival of Montreal and Jazz at La Villette. The end of 2004 marks the birth of a new project for David Linx and Diederik Wissels, one Heart, Three Voices with the singer Fay Claassen and Maria Pia De Vito. The album was released September 26, 2005 (e-motive Records / Nocturne) and was awarded the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros, the Adami Prize and the European Musician Award from the Jazz Academy and a very good reception from the public.
On tour and / or studio has worked since the early 1980’s with: Harry “Sweets” Edison, Johnny Griffin, Clark Terry, slide Hampton, Natalie Dessay, the Count Basie Orchestra, Frank Foster, Toots Thielemans, Mino Cinelu, Marc Ducret, Philippe Catherine, Paolo Fresu, Erik Truffaz, Aka Moon, Billy Taylor, Khalil Chahine, Roy Ayers, Oumou Sangaré, Meshell Ndegeocello, Billy Cobham, Lena Willemark, Palle Danielsson, Jon Christensen Didier Lockwood, Richard Galliano, Bernie Worrell, Michel Portal, Abraham Laboriel, Kenny Wheeler, Claude Nougaro, Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan, Ivan Lins, Daniel Humair, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Omara Portuondo, Fay Claassen, Agnès Jaoui, Maria Pia de Vito, Irene Jacob, Rhoda Scott, John Clayton, Nguyen Lê, Craig Street, Ernie Wilkins,The Dutch Metropole Orchestra, Orchestra Jazz Della Sardegna, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, Steve Coleman, Jon Faddis, Ray Lema, Marc Ribot, Charles Trenet, Horace Parlan, Sahib Shihab, Andy Sheppard, Juan Mosalini, Laika Fatien, Aldo Romano, Charlotte Rampling, Jeanne Added, Viktor Lazlo, Bob Stewart, Minino Garay, Hanna Schygulla, Maria Joao, Mario Laginha, Hector Zazou, Gustavo Beytelman, Maria Medeiros David Gilmore, Philippe Baden Powell, Sergio Krakowski, Maurane, Juliette, Greg Cohen, Michel Fugain, Tetê Espindola, Ray Lema, Kevin Breit, Claudio Roditi, Norma Winstone, Ibrahim Maalouf, Nicole Garcia, Lenine, Mederic Collignon, Cristina Zavalloni, Nathalie Baye, Magic Malik , Hamilton de Holanda, Tigran Hamasayan, Jacques Schwartz-Bart, Youn Sun Nah, Elisabeth Kontomanou, Hugh Koltman, Ran Blake, …
In 1986 he was noticed in Europe and the US with his James Baldwin Project A Lover’s Question in co- leader Pierre Van Dormael, Deborah Brown and Steve Coleman. This project, with James Baldwin reciting his poems surrounded by the cream of European and American jazz musicians, was republished in September 2000 at Label Bleu / Harmonia Mundi. The CD is accompanied by a book containing poems and texts (with unreleased) in English and translated into French by Hubert Nyssen, founder and director of the publishing house Actes Sud. In 1992, David formed a duo with pianist Diederik Wissels and composer. Since they regularly turn duo or quartet and recorded seven albums, rewarded on many occasions (see “Awards”). The unanimous welcome from the press and public for over 10 years has made this project one of the “Vocal Acts’ most seen in the moment. The Linx / Wissels is also the basis of many meetings as Heartland project (released late 2001 at Universal. – Choc Jazzman) with Paolo Fresu and One Heart, Three Voices with Fay Claassen and Maria Pia de Vito (see below) signed in 2000 Polydor / Universal, David Linx consists moment later, made in New York by Craig Street (Cassandra Wilson, Liz Wright, Jimmy Scott, …), an amazing album of French songs, warmly received by the press (CHOC du Monde de la Musique, “a masterpiece …” Le Nouvel Obs …) and by the public..
One Heart, Three Voices is on tour in 2007/2008 Meanwhile, David regularly gives master classes during his concerts and teaches at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in Belgium. David has composed since 1985 several music for four dance choreographer Michèle Noiret, and also to Jean-Christian Chalon. It is also a producer and director of the albums of the singer and Erick Cuban writer Armas (Iris / Harmonia Mundi) and the Brazilian singer Ricardo Teperman ( O + / Harmonia Mundi), also of “Begin the Beguine” album Viiktor Lazlo (Polydor / Universal) in 2005, David presented a documentary on the Belgian jazz “Jazz in Little Belgium”, produced in France. in July 2005 he sang the National Anthem at the party of the King and the 175 years of Belgium, as well as the end of the festivities. Many of his compositions are in the first European Real Book at Sher Music, USA Sort cd ” chaning Faces “with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra with guests Ivan Lins, Natalie Dessay, Maria Joao, Minino Garay and Manu Codjia. Creation in Brussels and Porto was the 2007” Follow the Songlines “with Maria Joao, Mario Laginha, Diederik Wissels, Christophe Wallemme, Helge Norbakken and Symphony orchestra under the direction of Dirk Brushed orchestrated by Mario Laginha and Wissels Diederik (Geneva, Lyon Opera, Paris …). Registration in September 2008 in Porto with the symphony orchestra of Casa da Musica.
David Linx composed music of the film (with Diederik Wissels) Portuguese / Angolan “O Heroi” Zeze Gamboa who received the award for best foreign film at the Sundance film Robert Redford Festival. David also wrote and produced four songs for Hanna Schygulla in the film “Hey Stranger” by Peter Wuditsch and wrote the music for the documentary “Mygdal” Honey Van Hogenbempt. Music for the film of Zeze Gamboa in 2012 O Grande Kilapy.
Since the 80s, David Linx has received numerous awards:
1983: the Medal of the Government
1987: Price of Sabam and audience Award at the Baccara Cup
1988: Price of the International Press at the Knokke Cup
Best vocalist jazz by referendum of the Belgian radio 1992 Price Best Concert of the Year (Belgian press) 1994-2012: 7 times “Choc” Jazzman
4 times “Year of the Clash” Jazzman
2 times “of Emoi Disk” Jazz Magazine
Several Diapason including the discovery
2 nominations for the Victoires de la Musique in 1998 and 2002
Nomination for best website to Victoires de la Musique 2002
Appointment to the 2010 Victoires de la Musique
Several nominations Django’s Golden alongside Cassandra Wilson, Shirley Horn, Dianne Reeves and Abbey Lincoln. “This Time” winning Best disk by all national radio stations in Switzerland, 2003 2005: Grand Academy Charles Cros Prize, Adami poir all of his work, European Musician Award of Jazz Academy, Knight of Arts and Letters. 2007: Hard to stir emotion and October Disc of 2007, Jazzit Likes It (5 stars), Openmag, etc …. 2011 Wins for Best Jazz Vocal album of The year “Follow The Songlines” 2012 Shock Jazzmag for A Different Porgy and Bess Another with Brussels Jazz Orchestra and Maria Joao 2013 Shock Jazzmag, Essential Jazz News for Winds of Change David Linx & Diederik Wissels
Hungry Voices | David Linx | Polydor | 1988
Where Rivers Join | David Linx | Records September | 1990
Moon To Your Sun | David Linx | Twilight / Pias | 1991
Encores compilation | David Linx | HKM | 1995
Standards | David Linx | Buy My Records | 1995
A Lover’s Question | David Linx, James Baldwin, Pierre Van Dormael | Blue Label | 2000 (reprint) > L’Instant D’Après | David Linx | Polydor / Universal | 2001
Changing Faces David Linx and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra with guests Natalie Dessay, Maria Joao and Ivan Lins – O + Music / Harmonia Mundi 2007
Follow The Songlines / Naive 2010 / David Linx Maria Joao Diederik Wissels Mario Laginha Christophe Wallemme Helge A , dreas Norbakken and the Casa Da Musica Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Dirk Brushed
Tectonics Clouds Opera jazz Laurent Cugny / Radio France-Harmonia Mundi-Signature / 2010
Rock My Boat / Naive 2011 / cd with Rhoda Scott and André Ceccarelli with Lenin, Nguyen Lê, Paolo Fresu, Julien Lourau, Sergio Krakowski, Laurent Cugny, Steve Houben, …
A Different Porgy and Another Bess / Naive 2012 / cd with Maria Joao and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra > Colors Of Time / Thierry Lang and David Linx / Musiques Suisses 2013 > to NOUsGARO / Just Lookin / Harmonia Mundi / 2013
Is That Pop Music?!? / With David Knight / Cristal Records, Harmonia mundi 2013
I Brel David Linx and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra I Jazz Village / Harmonia Mundi I 2016
Diederik Wissels was born in the Netherlands in 1960. He then moved to Brussels in 1968 where he attended the European School. He later followed courses at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He has played with Chet Baker, Joe Henderson and Toots Thielemans. Amongst his solo or duo recordings: The Hillock Songstress (1994), From This Day Forward (1997), Streams with Bart Defoort (2001), and Song of You (2004) on the label Igloo Records. He has played and recorded with David Lynx since the 1990’s.
In 2005, he was successively awarded the Grand Prix du Disque for Jazz by the Académie Charles Cros, The Adami Prix, and the European Musician Award by the Académie du Jazz.
On April 9th 2014, he receives with David Lynx the Best Jazz Artist Award at the Octaves de la Musique.
Matyas Szandai was a student of classical music with Gergely Járdányi at the double bass department of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, and graduated in 2004. Since the age of 16 he has been playing in various jazz bands, and over the last fifteen or so years has worked with almost all the famous names on the Hungarian jazz scene. He has become one of the most sought-after bass players in the genre.
In 1996 he became a member of the Mihály Dresch Quartet, with whom he has recorded four albums for BMC: Quiet as it is (2001), Hungarian bebop (with Archie Shepp, 2002), Straight music (2004), and Árgyélus (2007). He can also be heard as a member of the Kristóf Bacsó Quartet, the Viktor Tóth Trio, the Dániel Szabó Trio, the Kálmán Oláh Sextet.
Besides playing with the leading jazz musicians in Hungary, he has had the opportunity to work with famous musicians such as Archie Shepp,Chris Potter, David Murray, Herbie Mann, Chico Freeman, Rosario Giuliani, Charlie Mariano, Hamid Drake, William Parker, Rob Brown, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Gerard Presencer, Chris Potter, Flavio Boltro, Zbigniew Namislowski, Kenny Werner, Gilad Hekselman, André Ceccarelli, Paulo Fresu etc.
With various line-ups he has toured America, India and has performed in almost every country in Europe, including the London Jazz Festival, the JazzBrugge Festival, and several French festivals and clubs (Jazzébre, Amiens Jazz Festival, Cité de la Musique, New Morning etc.). He made a guest appearance with the Dániel Szabó Trio at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia in 2008, invited by Danilo Perez.
He is at home in almost every branch of jazz, and as well as the Dresch Quartet has often played in groups drawing heavily on folkmusic traditions (Kálmán Balogh, Peter Rachev), but has also worked on productions with a contemporary sound, such as Gábor Gadó’s album Byzantinum (2008). In the annual poll by Gramofon, the most important jazz magazine in Hungary, records made with his participation have twice won the award for jazz album of the year: Mihály Dresch Quartet: Straight Music (2004), Viktor Tóth: Climbing with Mountains (with Hamid Drake, 2007). His playing can also be heard on the album Frictions recorded by the Dániel Szabó Trio, featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel (Warner Jazz, 2007).Two years later,ths trio recorded another album with Chris Potter called : ’Contribution”.
In 2011 he moved to Paris and play with Francois Jeanneau, Christoph Monniot, Manu Codja, Nelson Veras ,Tom McClung.
He studying Classical composition with Jean -Michel Bardez , and Jazz Harmony with Emil Spányi.
Donald Kontomanou is a great jazz drummer coming from a family of musicians. He started playing in Jazz clubs at the tender age of 14, and at only 15 years old he moved to New-York City where he played with Jd Allen, Dwayne Eubanks, Eric Revis (Brandford Marsalis’ bassist). He also spent one year abroad in India to learn tablas’ techniques.
He’s been living in Paris since 2002, where he produces himself alongside of Stéphane Belmondo, Laurent de Wilde, Sophie Alour, Rick Margitza, Leïla Olivesi and Manu Codjia. He has also recorded albums with Elisabeth Kontomanou by the side of John Scotfiel, Sam Newsome and Orrin Evans. He is very active on the new Jazz scene as he tours in many festivals in France and abroad.
David Linx • voice
Diederik Wissels • piano
Matyas Szandai • double bass
Donald Kontomanou • drums
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