Peemaï’s music is a traditional South-East Asia based music, from Burma to Indonesia. The Hindu-Buddhist’s influence in this area of the world has created an inspiring evolution of the musical trend, reflected by distinctive musical instruments such as the Birman sang gauk (harp), the Lao khène (mouth organ)…
Inspired by this colorful influences music the four musicians have chosen to make their its melodies and sonorities. The tunes of Molam (rural blues from Laos and the Issan region of Thailand) are mixed with electronic and reggae sonorities, the « sacred » musics are mingled with sonorities in the way of John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix have carried out… Its hypnotic rhythms and hauting melodies, offer a unique musical set, a complete fusion with traditional Asian musics and the jazz, rock and electro European culture.
« To attend a Peemaï’s live concert is travelling through sounds you would not expect. Looking at the saxophonist you can hear his keyboards ; it feels like you are surrounded by the moisture from the Mekong, while your eyes slide to the guitar and the bass. The bass is shaking you when you realize you are in an other time zone. The miracle is a true collective sound. Charmingly insolent and really unusual. » Alex Dutilh – Open Jazz / France Musique- April 2017
Peemai’s musicians are planning residencies with local artists from China, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Burma, on top of a serie of shows. In mind : the recording of a new album with musicians from South-East Asia.
Major shows : Studio de l’Ermitage • Paris, 2018 | Jazzahead • Bremen (Germany), 2017 | Festival Détours du Monde • France, 2017
saxophones & keyboards
Hugues Mayot, saxophonist and clarinetist, is a current member of the ONJ (French National Orchestra for Jazz) of Olivier Benoît. After his studies at the Music Academies of Metz, Strasbourg, and at the CNSM (National Music and Danse Academy) in Paris, he was hired by Marc Ducret to be a part of his great orchestra Le Sens de la Marche. Therefore, he multiplied collaborations in the Jazz, and improvised music sector : André Minvielle, Magma, Radiation 10, Vincent Peirani, François Jeanneau, Paul Brousseau, Bruno Chevillon, Daniel Zimmerman, Han Bennink, Médéric Collignon, Sylvain Rifflet, Jeanne Added, La Campagnie des Musiques à Ouïr, Le Sacre du Tympan, Michael Moore, Antoine Berjault, ONJ d’Yvinec, Ciné X’tet, Kolkhoze Printanium, Surnatural Orchestra, Didier Levallet, Sissel Vera Pedersen, Pascal Schumacher, Sophia Ribeiro, Stéphane Payen, Serge Lazaveritch, Toma Gouband, HSB, Big Band Umlaut, Jean Loup Longnon Big Band, United Colors of Sodom etc… And also in the sector of worldwide and traditional musics: Orlando Poleo, Brice Wassy, Martha Galarraga, Gustavo Ovalles, Chérif Soumano, Osain Del Monte.
He is currently composing and playing as a leader for his two projects: What if?, an electric quartet with Jozef Dumoulin, Franck Vaillant and Joachim Florent, along with L’Arbre rouge, an acoustic quintet including Théo and Valentin Ceccaldi, as well as Joachim Florent and Sophie Bernado. Moreover he is the co-leader of the group Ikui Doki and Peemaï. As a devoted sideman, he is a part of the following projects : Que Vola? of Fidel Fourneyron, Pierre Durand’s Roots Quartet, Spring Roll of Sylvaine Hélary, Gleizkrew of Philippe Gleizes and Bertrand Beruard’s Beps.
David Vilayleck is an eclectic musician who studied, in Morocco from 2004 to 2008, gnawa music with its greatest masters : M.Bakbou, the Boussou and Guinia families. He played and recorded with Serge Lazarevitch (Tribute to Hendrix creation), Fred Poncet, Joel Allouche, Frank Nicolas, Mario Canonge, Souriba Kouyaté, John Tchicai, Jerome Dufour, Sam Mastorakis, Fred Leger, Gautier Garrigue, Renaud Gensane, Juan Martin, Steeve Laffont, Davy Grad mange, Alex Velasco, Hugues Mayot, Enrique Otte, Anton Mobin…
In 2008, he worked in Morocco alongside with the American musicians George Burton (piano) and Najib Salem (drums). In 2010, while he was living in Japan, David Vilayleck worked on severals Osaka’s Jazz Clubs and for the Club Flamingo Arusha with the Japanese bass player Yasutaka Yorozu, and the American artist Larry Marshall as well as Steve Hanuman a vocalist trumpet player. He also worked on free jazz, improvised and electronic music projects with the Dutch musicians Raphael Vanoli, Gerri Jager, Jasper Stadhouders, and the French pianist Xavier Lopez, who is an electronic musician as well.
David Vilayleck has began in 2004 his improvised electronic and instrumental music solo project Ayankoko and has created his net label AyanRecords in 2008. Since then, he has been performing on several European festival stages, and in New York in 2012. Nowadays he leads his own quintet with Joel Allouche and the Collectif Koa’s musicians. He is also a part of the Skamanians band (ska jazz), which he went recently touring in England with.
Alfred Vilayleck has started to be attracted to music at the age of 12 by listening to rock music, and especially Jimi Hendrix, it did not take long before he discovered the Jazz, the improvisation is what attracts him more in this music. After he graduated from the Music Academies of Perpignan and Strasbourg, he played in many jazz bands and created in 2008 the Collectif Koa in Montpellier, as its artistic director. This experience led him up to meet and work with Steve Coleman, Aka Moon, Magic Malik, Jim Black…
Multi-skilled companion, he has performed with Serge Lazarevitch, Joël Allouche, Jeroen Van Herzeele, Julien Lourau, Hugues Mayot, Vittorio Silvestri, Ari Hoenig, Gautier Garrigue, Franck Vaillant, John Tchicaï, Stéphane Foucher, Pierre Van Dormael, Cherif Soumano… As a world traveler musician, he has played in France, USA, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Morocco, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Malawi, Lesotho… He currently leads the Grand Ensemble Koa, and accompanies several bands as Gratitude trio, Puja, Koa feat Hoening, SoM4tet… Alfred Vilayleck leads and par-ticipates in many soundpainting projects. Pedagogue and holder of a Jazz teacher diploma, he teaches jazz at the Music Academy of Montpellier.
drums & percussions
Drummer, compositor, arranger, Franck Vaillant is first and foremost a musician who loves adventure. He recorded more than 30 CDs and performed all around the world. He recorded all kinds of creations for years, until his first record Signature Radio France came out in 2005. He is a true self-taught artist, who lately learnt to read music in the aim of getting is compositions playable by other musicians. As a creative musician, he adds his personal touch to all his collaborations and uses the different « colors » a drum can offer, as would do a percussionist. For ten years, his activity as contemporary jazz sideman has become intense. He has played regularly or temporarily with : Sarah Murcia, Sylvain Cathala, Gilles Coronado, Olivier Py, Guillaume Orti, Stéphane Payen, Benoit Delbecq, Jozef Dumoulin, Malik Mezzadri, Yves Robert, Bruno Chevillon, Stéphanus Vivens, Laurent Dehors, Louis Sclavis, Emmanuel Bex, Hubert Dupont, Marc Ducret, Laurent Blondiau, Antoine Prawerman, Pierre Van Dormael, Vincent Courtois, Laurent Blondiau, Edward Perraud, Brad Scott, François Thuiller, Daniel Casimir, Yaron Herman, David Chevallier, Vincent Courtois, Julien Lourau, Bojan Z, Alban Darche, Vincent Ségal, Manu Codjia, Nelson Veras, Thomas de Pourquery, Christophe Monniot, Médéric Collignon… Soon he has been attracted by the words and the songs. He played with the Varans de Komodo, Kabal, Arthur H, Fred Poulet, Jeanne Balibar, LO’JO, Mike Carley, and occasionally with Alain Bashung, Katerine, Brigitte Fontaine, Izia, Franck Monnet, Dave, Mark Thomkins…
Franck Vaillant participated to the pop- world of LO’JO adventure for 4 years. A band from Angers (France) created in 1982 which after ten albums stays more known abroad than in its native country. For a few years, he participates in the Arte France research workshops, in the Paul Ouazan’s program directed by Sarah Murcia and plays alongside with Mark Thomkins, Dave, Brad Scott, Mami Chan, Fred Poulet, Elise Caron, Albin de la Simone, and Dave. He also a part of the Underground de la planète Slam adventure by performing for the Bouchazoreilles events, playing in duet with his old companion D’de Kabal, as well as playing with the trio Harragas d’Abd el Haq.
Peemaï • 2017 • Shreds Records / Koa / L’Autre Distribution
Hugues Mayot • saxophone & keyboards
David Vilayleck • guitar
Alfred Vilayleck • bass
Franck Vaillant • drums & percussions
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