Drawing on the unbridled energy of a closely-knit quartet having put out more than six albums and ten years of adventurous work, saxophonist Samy Thiébault, always innovating, will present his latest project this September. The album promises to be a highlight of this fall’s jazz season.
The notion of Melody – both in the intimate and traditional senses of the term, and at once universal and emotional – is the cornerstone of the album, present the whole way through like an impassioned self-portrait. The songs are inspired by the saxophonist’s Moroccan origins, by his childhood home of West Africa, and by the landscapes of South America, where the quartet has often played. These places are transfigured in the language of jazz, at once contemporary and modern. The result is a “rebirth” that it is at once personal and stylized, an affirmation of life and music that draws on the most intimate musical material that Thiébault has to offer.
Born in the Ivory Coast to teachers, Samy Thiébault received a traditional musical education at the Conservatoire de Bordeaux before entering the prestigious Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris to study jazz (class of 2008). While studying music, he also obtained a Master’s degree in philosophy, with high honors, from the Sorbonne (2001). The album Blues For Nel came out in 2004, followed by Gaya Scienza in 2007, and Upanishad Expériences in 2010. This last album was the first project produced by the label he created and now directs, Gaya Music Production. With the 2013 album Clear Fire, audiences fell hard under the spell of his music, prompting the press to say of his playing that it is “Coltranian in the best sense of the word” (Nouvel Obs). Other publications were unanimous in their praise: Revelation JazzMag, Coup de Cœur France Musique, Playlist TSF, Séléction JazzNews, L’Humanité, Télérama.
Samy Thiébault collaborates regularly on dance, theatre and cinema projects, is frequently on tour with his quartet, and is a professor at the Choisy-le-Roi conservatory near Paris. The 2015 album Feast of friends, an homage to the Doors, marked a turning point in Samy Thiébault’s career. The newspaper Libération said of Thiébault that he “dances somewhere between trance and spiritual communication.” Feast of friends was the occasion for an international tour covering four continents over the course of one year. The group played at the main festivals and stages in Europe, securing its place on the public and professional scenes alike. Another stage in the journey will take place in 2016 with Rebirth, an in-depth project exploring new compositions by Samy Thiébault written for the quartet. The album deals with the urgency and necessity of melody as a structuring, freeing element in the most modern, personal, and generous form of Jazz possible. This album is also an opportunity to work with the great trumpeter Avishai Cohen, who will be present at the recording sessions. Rebirth will be out in September 2016 on Gaya Music Production (distributed by Socadisc).
Born in 1983 in Martigues (south of France), Simon Tailleu is one of the most talented French bass players on the jazz scene. Studying electric bass and piano at the regional conservatory, he excellently plays bass. He rapidly captivates his teachers and jurys which award him unanimously with the gold medal of the Marseille Conservatory with high honors after only one year at school. On september 2007, Simon enter in the CNSMDP (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris) in jazz and improvised music section . He obtain his Master in June 2010. Aiming at excellence, Simon Tailleu is acclaimed by a lot of musicians of his generation. He mainly performed with Yaron Herman Trio, Michel Portal, Didier Lockwood, Bireli Lagrene, Paul Lay and Youn Sun Nah who noticed his research, musical sensitivity, his technique, sense of harmony and improvisation as well as his demanding nature as a musician.
Adrien Chicot was born in 1977 in Paris, France. He started teaching himself how to play the piano at the age of 12 years old and decided at 18 to devote his life to the instument. Right from the start Adrien understood how challenging it was to master the keyboard and reach the level of musicianship one needs in order to become a proficient Jazz player.
After a few years of self teaching the young jazz pianist decided it was now time to tie the pieces together by getting some formal training. In 2001 he joined the I.A.C.P school of music. The Jazz Program was led by the Belmondo brothers and Adrien was soon to fill the piano chair on some of their gigs. While learning about counterpoint and contemporary harmony, Adrien aslo met a group of young and aspiring Jazz musicians with whom he shared the same passion for improvising. This new and vibrant environment allowed him to fine tune his skills which were often displayed on the many gigs they played together.
From this point on, Adrien Chicot has been in great demand on the French Jazz scene and has shared the stage with some of the big names in the field ( Samy Thiebault, Stephane Belmondo, Jean Philippe Scali, Simon Goubert, Julien & Sophie Alour). His conception while being well rooted in the modern jazz tradition – influenced by Jazz Greats such as McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Red Garland – has always also been looking forward and is fully contemporary and innovative-. Being an incredibly intuitive and senstive musician he is very often part of the very best rhythm sections of the Paris Jazz scene ; backing up on a regularly basis some of the most respected players in prestigious clubs and jazz festivals all over the country (Jazz in Marciac, Jazz à Viennes, Sète, Ramatuelle., Duc des Lombards, Sunset/Sunside…)
Despite such a busy schedule, Adrien has taken the time to compose and arrange his own material. Some of his original tunes can be heard on his first album which was recorded in a pure piano trio setting with Jean Pierre Arnaud on drums and Sylvain Romano on bass.
Antoine Paganotti started by studying the piano at the conservatory. He is studying at the same time the drums. Now know as a drummer, jazz fan since its 11 years old, he is staying faithfull to its first love, while opening to some eclectic gardens. He played with Patrick Gauthier, PAGA Group, Monkey Toon. Since 2002, he is the main singer of MAGMA, and regular drummer.
Samy Thiébault • saxophone, compositions
Adrien Chicot • piano, keyboard
Simon Tallieu • double bass
Antoine Paganotti • drums
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