WILLIAM PARKER / DAVE BURRELL DUOAMERICAN REVOLUTION
WILLIAM PARKER DOUBLE BASS / DAVE BURREL PIANO
It is easy to understand which American Revolution is at issue here. We're talking about that daring and splendid music. William Parker, who learned music with Jimmy Garrison and Art Davis, has been a regular bassist with Cecil Taylor for eleven years, played with most of the creative New York great musicians and their likes. Dave Burrell, a long time pianist for Archie Shepp, and sometimes for Pharoah Sanders or David Murray, is a vanguard player who likes to reminisce the elders (Jelly Roll Morton, Monk...). On one side, a sturdy double bass with a thick sound, on the other, a percussive and dynamic piano who likes sounds a-plenty. In the end, a splendid and luxurious music.
ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE JAZZ / DIRECTION OLIVIER BENOIT CréationMAIDEN CONCERT - EUROPA "PARIS" PROGRAM
OLIVIER BENOIT DIRECTION, GUITAR, COMPOSITION / BRUNO CHEVILLON ARTISTIC ADVISER, DOUBLE BASS, ELECTRIC BASS / JEAN DOUSTEYSSIER CLARINETS, TENOR SAXOPHONE / ALEXANDRA GRIMAL TENOR AND SOPRANO SAXOPHONES / HUGUES MAYOT SAXOPHONES, CLARINETS / FABRICE MARTINEZ TRUMPET, FLUEGELHORN, SAXHORN / FIDEL FOURNEYRON TROMBONE, EUPHONIUM / THEO CECCALDI VIOLIN, ALTO / SOPHIE AGNEL PIANO, STRINGS / PAUL BROUSSEAU KEYBOARDS / ERIC ECHAMPARD DRUMS
Created in 1986, the Orchestre National de Jazz saw many leading figures succeed each other as musical or artistic director. For 2014 until 2017, Olivier Benoit is ONJ's artistic director. "The Europa project" will be developed throughout his term of office, like a work-in-progress travelling from town to town and from a European stage to another. Its journey will naturally start in Paris, its home port and a city well known for inspiring strollers who enjoy getting lost inside. Tonight we'll stroll thanks to Olivier Benoit, as a composer this time, who offers us Europa's first opus.
We'll "see" the evocative frame of a town so good for drifting, just like is music, filled with creative energy. Such a monumental topic indeed, but the guitarist and his crew deal easily with it, taking the small paths, backdoors, lanes, arcades and byways where one can laze, ears opened to unexpected sounds. For you rarely visit the city you live in; it, in fact, inhabits you more than you do.
Without being too analytic or purely representational, the music of this new ONJ looks rather like a line-engraving. The involved listener is asked also to "look" and use all his imagination and experience of life. Diurnal or nocturnal, the entire town's energy runs through this audacious music that brings the audience in a maelstrom of exhilarating sound events. Paris is a party, they say!
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