After surveying scenes from 4 continents with projects as varied as Bratsch, Macha Gharibian, le Bruit du [sign], Sibiel or Volo, Théo Girard releases the first album in his name featuring French trumpet player Antoine Berjeaut and British drummer Seb Rochford (Sons of Kemet, Polar Bear).
30YearsFrom is a project that evokes the first fruits, the first spark, the birth. As Théo Girard explains : « I grew up in a musical environment, my mother was a freelance costume designer for the opera and my father was the founding violinist of Bratsch (a famous French band) and also played in free jazz bands like Alan Silva’s Celestrial Communication Orchestra in the 80s.
In the past, Théo Girard was quite used to collective writing. With his trio, he changes direction. He has refined his approach to his bass and proposes new music written entirely on his favorite instrument to highlight the poetry peculiar to the bassists « whose lines draw long curves serving the panache of the soloist of Jazz, and whose groove can interact with the MC’s flow ». His inspiration comes from Hip Hop, Jazz, but also from the musicians he has called. Warm-sounding artists whose metal, breath and skins envelop and rustle the wood of the great lady.
“The trio keeps grooves in the foreground, with Girard’s nimble pizzicato churning the action.” Michael Fagien, Jazziz (USA)
“!! Selection of 2017’s best French jazz album !! In a small formation, Théo Girard’s trio delivers a nervous jazz, buzzing and biting, frenzy and dampness, served by a groove coming directly from the stomach.” Louis-Julien Nicolau , Les Inrock
“Theo Girard knows where he comes from, maybe that’s why he knows where he’s going so well !” Nathalie Piolé, Le Jazz sur France Musique
“!! Selected album !! A free discussion full of jubilant breaks.” Franpi Barriaux, Citizen Jazz
“Cousins of Sons of Kemet, Théo Girard’s trio performs his compositions with a formidable energy.” Jean-Jacques Birgé, Mediapart
“!! A Revelation !! A high-fly trio.” Pascal Rozat, Jazz Magazine
“With a raw sound, but full of space(s), the disc strokes and strikes at once. And we like that.” Albert Laroux, Jazz News
“A solid trio record that we owe to bassist and fine composer Theo Girard.” Thierry Giard, CultureJazz
Sebastian Rochford (drums)
Seb Rochford, London drummer, has left his mark on English jazz with bands like Polar Bear or Acoustic Ladyland, which I listened a lot. His ultra inventive roove makes him one of the most inspiring and euphoric drummers.
Antoine Berjeaut (trumpet)
Antoine is a classmate I could say. We met at the Montreuil Conservatory close to Paris in the late 90s and recently found each other on stage alongside the clarinet player Denis Colin. His timbre and phrasing subtly complete the melodic lines of the double bass.
Basilet Naudet (sax)
Basile started playing saxophone at the age of 7, and will graduate with a saxophone prize in 2013. Saxophonist strongly influenced by the works of Evan Parker, Peter Brötzmann and Mats Gustafsson, he also followed master classes with Michel Doneda, Fred Frith, Bruno Chevillon which opened him to the world of non-idiomatic improvisation. Also a guitarist, an instrument of his youth with which he modestly sculpts noise, Basile continues his little journey, eager to meet new people and play music.
He plays in various Parisian bands including Loutre Contre Grizzly (free rock), Nahima (freejazz), Where is Mr R !
Bulle • Out September 2019 (Discobole Records / Differ-ant)
30yearsfrom • 2017 (Discobole Records / L’Autre Distribution)
Théo Girard • double bass (trio)
Antoine Berjeaut • trumpet (trio)
Seb Rochford ou Jon Scott • drums (trio)
+ Basile Naudet • alto sax (quartet)