Shalosh (IL)

Gadi Stern – piano, David Michaeli – double bass, Matan Assayag – drums

The members of Shalosh have a connection not only through music, but also lifelong friendships. After years of working separately and internationally, the three reunited to form a band with a unique tight-knit style of their own. Despite the classic Jazz trio format (piano, bass and drums) Shalosh’s music weaves its own path in and out of genres like Rock, Classical, Electronic, African and Middle Eastern music.

After producing their debut album, The Bell Garden, Shalosh has generated worldwide buzz. Their music has captured attention in Europe, Japan, U.S.A and South America, and has been slated as one of the most prominent and promising sounds for years to come. Shalosh unequivocally stand out from today’s Jazz scene, primarily since it is not led by a single artist, but co-led by its three members who enjoy a sort of artistic evolution from years of collaborations and friendship.

The new album Rules Of Oppression took the band’s sound another step forward on their path of creating a unique sound. The band’s agenda is to make music that moves its audiences in the deepest way possible, to break through that barrier existing between the music and the listener, which can be argued is often found in the intellectual music of this genre. Shalosh places as much emphasis on their collective sound as on individual virtuosity. Their music is derived from a profound musical friendship and in this way it leads to the deepest and purest place within.

Vincent Peirani Quintet (FR)

Vincent Peirani – accordion, voice, Emile Parisien – soprano saxophone, Tony Paeleman – fender rhodes, Stéphane Huchard – drums, Julien Herné – double bass

Accordionist, composer and singer Vincent Peirani is one of European Jazz’s rising stars: In 2014 he received the prestigious Victoires du Jazz award as “newcomer jazz artist of the year” in his home country and won the German ECHO Jazz award.

Part of a growing generation of young jazz musicians who were educated in classical music but grew up listening to and playing everything from rock and pop to electronic music, for this new project Peirani found, in addition to his kindred spirit Emile Parisien, the e-bassist Julien Herne, who comes from the R’n’B and hip-hop scene, drummer Yoann Serra, who is a big Art Blakey and Elvin Jones fan, but who also feels right at home in electronic music, and keyboardist Tony Paeleman, who has worked a lot with singers and pop musicians. Most importantly for Peirani was how well they clicked as people: “We are friends who also understand each other on a musical level. That is the basis for me and it expresses itself on stage and in the studio.” It took some time for the five to find out how they harmonized the best. “We played together continuously. Then, before going into the studio we lived and rehearsed together for four days in a house near Paris,” Peirani recounts. That paid dividends, as the six songs from Peirani and the two very individually adapted titles from Michel Portal and Jeff Buckley demonstrate: Living Being has really turned out to be a fully-fledged living being; fascinatingly organic and with a sound unlike anything before it.

From the simple “miniature” to the anthem deconstructed into dynamic chord progressions (Suite en V), from arabesque-like, almost classical themes (On The Heights) to heavily rhythmical blues (Workin’ Rhythm) or experimental sound collages (Mutinerie), luxuriating in unison (Dream Brother) or in complex transposed polyphony (Air Song). The trench believed to exist between composition and improvisation is filled up, the difference between “classical” harmonics and “jazzy” rhythms disappears. Not an imitation. This is an original. Each player playing their very own part. As Vincent Peirani says: “That is the future of jazz.”

Vincent Peirani Quintet

15. 4. 2018

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