Tonight is a significant event in the French jazz calendar, the showcase of the four bands which have been selected for the Jazz Migration scheme. I will be attending and reporting on it.
The bands have the support of the organization AJC (Association Jazzé Croisé – it’s a play on the expression chassé-croisé )and are promoted widely across the network of clubs and festivals which are members of AJC. Last year’s members were able to perform a total of 79 concerts in France and abroad, thanks to the scheme, and the target this year is 80 to 90 concerts.
All four bands were the guests of Alex Dutilh on his drivetime show on French national radio last night (photo above). The entire show is availble to listen HERE.The programme elicits the fact that all of the groups have a connection back to courses the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMD)
The four bands (the links here all have sound clips) are :
In pianist Armel Dupas’ piano trio, both the bassist and the drummer work with synthesizers.
One of the most unusual instrumental combinations in jazz. Sophie Bernado is a bassoonist, Hugues Mayot plays saxophones and clarinets, and Rafaëlle Rinaudo is a harpist. They started with the sound world of Debussy’s Chansons de Bilitis – and developed from there.
Versatile saxophonist Antonin Tri-Hoang, a former member of the Orchestre National de Jazz and a key participant in Eve Risser’s White Desert Orchestra has ventured into the UK with a group led by Jim Hart (feature). His quartet with piano/bass/ drums. His group has been in existence for seven years. “It is music with secrets,” Tri-Hoang explained on the radio. There is inspiration from free jazz, Paul Bley, and the group also does patchwork compositions based on combining elements btought by the different menbers of the group.
The only one of the four groups with a vocalist. Swedish singer Linda Olah also works with electronics. The members of nOx.3 are Rémi Fox, saxophones and effects, Matthieu Naulleau, piano, moog, effects, Nicolas Fox, drums et electronic pads.
LINK: Jazz Migration website