Jazz Migration 2017 Laureate
Watchdog is an electric duo. The two musicians produce a new texture of sound in the air, mixing shrill and tingling resonances with smooth acoustic vibrations.The compositions are put in space through a fascinating sound-engineer creating literaly a sound firework for the ears. A univers without concessions, filed with a rich complexity, where doors are being opened. Habits are disrupted using loops, pedal effects, minimal and noise music, dissonance and saturation, creating a unique and addictive musical environment.
Watchdog is Jazz Migration 2017 Laureate (The most important project for French emerging creative jazz musicians), as well as 1st Prize winners of the 36th National Jazz in La Défense Contest (as part of the A. Quillier 6tet). Pierre Horckmans (bass, alto and Bb clarinets, effects) and Anne Quillier (Fender Rhodes, piano, analog synthesizer, voice) joined by Adrian Bourget (sound designer) transgress the stylistic borders, play with each other, interact, take risks and overpass every limits in a constantly changing acoustic world.
“I found the interaction between Anne on keys and Pierre Horckmans on clarinets, including the regular clarinet, the bass clarinet and the lovely sounding alto clarinet, very integrated and generative of some very interesting and attractive textures.” Tony Dudley- Evans – The Jazz Breakfast
“Their music is fascinating and addictive, reflecting the manyfold universes of these two artists” Julien Gros-Burdet – Citizen Jazz
“You’re welcome » is the disc’s title, which well defines this brillant and creative music, catching with accuracy the anxiety of our times as well as its rised up questions” Yves Dorison – Culture Jazz
“From the begining, the appeal obtrudes and does not weaken. Pieces are brief, style is mastered, musical choices are ambitious, yet music radiates a joyful freedom…” Xavier Prévost – Les DNJ
“Those improvisers and painters of unspeakable, generate a striking sideral pallet, with an amazing musical coherence.” Louis-Julien Nicolaou – l’Humanité – Les coups de coeurs de Fara
” This albun creates right ahead a state of dreaming, not like a boring afternoon, but the one with bubbling blood in your veines. Running emotions disorientated till they explode full of passion. Never to miss ! « Louis-Julien Nicolaou – Les Inrockuptibles
Pianist and music writer, she got the opportunity to learn from musicians like Pierre Drevet, Denis Leloup, Stéphane Guillaume, Denis Colin, François Jeanneau, Guillaume Orti, Jean Charles Richard… Noticed for her qualities as a music writer, arranger and musician, she won in 2013 the First Prize of the 36th National Jazz in La Défense Contest / Best Group Award together with the Anne Quillier 6tet. Anne Quillier plays, writes and arranges music for the following bands: Anne Quillier 6tet (Prize winner of the 36th National Jazz in La Défense Contest / Best Band Award, 1st album supported by SACEM, Révélation Jazz Magazine and presented at the front page of Open Jazz), Blast trio (electric jazz) and Watchdog Duo (bass clarinet, piano).
She performed with Le Grand Escalier Orchestra conducted by Jean Charles Richard and currently plays in Saint Sadrill, Asylon, No Mad, Baum Traum, Léon bands as well as in solo performances. She also plays regularly within several bands in Rhône Alpes region. She has performed on double bills with famous artists such as Birélie Lagrène, Louis Sclavis, Andy Emler, Vincent Peirani, Émile Parisien, Thomas de Pourquery, François Raulin, Bruno Tocane, Mike Ladd, the Belmondo brothers, Laurent Dehors, Emmanuel Bex, Eric Truffaz, Carla Bley.
She can be seen on numerous stages in France and abroad : ‘Jazz a la Calle’ (Uruguay), ‘Jazz Ô Barachois’ (Réunion island), ‘Jazz à Vienne Festival’, ‘Théâtre de Verdure’ (Aix les Bains), ‘Brise Glace’ (Annecy), ‘La Source’ (Fontaine), ‘La Défense Jazz Festival’, ‘Domaine d’Ô’ (Montpellier), ‘Radio France Festival’, ‘Crescent Jazz Club’ (Macon), ‘Studio de l’Ermitage’ (Paris), ‘Grand Angle’ (Voiron), ‘Théâtre de Roanne’, ‘Saint Fons Jazz Festival’, ‘Jazz 360’ (Cenac), ‘Périscope’ (Lyon), ‘Scène Nationale des Gémeaux’ (Sceaux), ‘Jazz in Clamart’, ‘l’Opéra de Lyon’, ‘Crest Jazz Vocal’ Festival, ‘Échangeur de Sons’ Festival (Chambéry), ‘Cri du Port’ (Marseille),…
Bass, alto and Bb clarinetist, music arranger and writer, with a classical and jazz training background, Pierre Horckmans has developed his musical universe through his numerous collaborations : National Youth Orchestra of Lyon (2001-2002), Trio Djinn’s (2003-2007), Neemrana music foundation (2005-2006), Temps Relatif (2006-2007), Aquarium Orchestra (Jazz(s)Ra 2010 selection and jazz émergence 2011), Quartet Caym (2010-2012),… His musical career led him to learn from and work with French artists such as Laurent Dehors, Louis Winsberg, Pierre Drevet, Jacques Di Donato, Paul Meyer, Denis Leloup, Guillaume Orti, François René Duchâble, and to perform on the same stage alongside famous artists like Louis Sclavis, Vincent Peirani, Émile Parisien, François Raulin, the Belmondo brothers, Mike Ladd, Thomas de Pourquery…
Pierre Horckmans currently plays, writes and arrange within Watchdog duo (Jazz Migration 2016-2017 laureate) and Blast (electric jazz trio). He also performs with the Anne Quillier 6tet (1st Prize at the National Jazz in La Défense Contest 2013), Le Bus Rouge (1st Prize at the International Contest for street musics Haizetara 2013), and the Sylvain Charrier Tentet.
Sound designer, sound recordist, mixer and soundman, Adrian’ Bourget was initiated with various musical instruments by his parents. He studied jazz music and percussions in the classes of Michel Visse and with the pianist Rémy Goutin. He discovered systems and studio engineering in ‘l’Arscène Studio’ where he conducted sessions of recording with Adrian Shiver (Peter Gabriel), Jean-Pierre Spirli (Les Wampas, Decouflé, Benjamin Biolay,…).
He conducts many recording sessions and live sound engineering since 2005, working on many different projects. Adrian’ is the soundman of Mazalda with witch he invented the « Turbo Clap Station » : Spatial dispersion multiphonic technology with fifty speakers all around the public. He performs with Sylvain Rifflet – Mechanics (Victoire du jazz 2016 award and Best Album of the Year) Carina Salvado, Le Magnetic Ensemble, Lunatic Toys, Mazalda, France Télévision, Cie La Cordonnerie, Le Surnatural Orchestra, Vegan Dallas (…)
Can Of Worms • 2017
You’re Welcome • 2015
Anne Quillier • piano, Fender Rhodes, analog synthesizer, voice
Pierre Horckmans • bass, alto & Bb clarinets , effects
Adrian Bourget • sound-engineer