"The talented French saxophonist Emile Parisien recorded an excellent concert in 2017 with his quintet and some guest musicians."Music Frames, 19-6-2018
Emile Parisien attended jazz classes at the Collège de Marciac (middle school) as a teenager. Marciac is a small village in the South West of France, which has been home to one of the leading jazz festivals in the world for the past 40 years. This was how Emile was able to participate in several master classes given by Wynton Marsalis, who is a Patron both of the Collège and of the Festival.
In spring 2017 Jazz in Marciac offered Emile a post as Artist in Residence, giving him carte blanche. After having given the matter a lot of thought, Emile Parisien assembled a cast like a stage director would do it, and to say the very least it had some surprises in it: he wanted an “intergenerational” group, a reflection of wanting to obey sudden impulses, plus the desire to bring about encounters in many forms...
Encounters are definitely something Emile loves... There’s a septuagenarian, pianist Joachim Kühn, a major name in “open” jazz. Manu Codjia, a guitarist in his 40’s, an incredible sound explorer involved in numerous projects on the European scene.
And then there are three in their thirties: Emile himself, of course (he is some of the best news to hit European jazz in a long time), plus Simon Tailleu and Mario Costa.
This last pair are still little known in the jazz world; they were spotted by Emile during concerts and festivals. It was a gamble to hire two young musicians to give rhythmic underpinning to the top drawer soloists, but it was a gamble which paid off.
After four days of intense and convivial rehearsals during Marciac’s spring residency, Sfumato’s first concert was a complete success.
There proved to be an astonishingly fruitful chemistry and synergy among the cast members Emile had put together. His intuition had been right. Since then, the Sfumato project has been recorded (the CD has had praise heaped on it). The group has given a huge number of concerts which have been greeted with enthusiasm by critics and by the public everywhere.
In August 2017 Sfumato were booked to play at Marciac, where fans of Sfumato were given a huge surprise: during the concert Wynton Marsalis joined the band on the stage of the festival tent. The audience of 5,000 were stunned!
Wynton was visibly extremely happy to be back with Emile (whom he had nurtured as a middle school student) and improvised superbly and warmly on two tunes: Sidney Bechet's “Temptation Rag”, played not without an element of didacticism, and then a wacky version of Joachim Kühn’s “Transmitting”. The whole history of jazz in 15 minutes: New Orleans to free jazz. It was quite an eye-opener – as the DVD will prove.
"What this Nice-born Parisian coaxes out of the piano accordion is something the likes of which has never been heard before. You can tell it is a future legend who is playing here!" – Süddeutsche Zeitung. The French accordion player, singer and composer Vincent Peirani was born on 24.4.1980 in Nice. At the age of 11 he began playing the accordion, initially classical music. As a teenager he already won numerous international awards. At 16 he discovered jazz and soon took up the study of jazz in Paris. At the beginning he faced scepticism with his accordion and his classical training, but he quickly convinced the critics with an entirely new way of looking at the instrument, made a name for himself in France's jazz scene and was soon playing with the creme de la creme of French jazz, the likes of Michel Portal, Daniel Humair, Renaud Garcia Fons, Louis Sclavis and Vincent Courtois. Parallel to that he pursued many of his own projects, drawing from the widest range of genres – from jazz, chanson and world music through to classic and even heavy rock. Since 2011, Peirani has been playing regularly in the quartet of the Korean singer Youn Sun Nah, the most successful female jazz artist in France in recent years. Through this engagement he also made the acquaintance of Swedish guitarist Ulf Wakenius and ultimately the boss of the ACT label Siggi Loch. Peirani played on the Wakenius album "Vagabond" recorded in February 2012, also astonishing and enthralling live audiences everywhere. "Thrill Box" came out in May 2013 and was Vincent Peirani's first album as a leader – star-studded with pianist Michael Wollny, bassist Michel Benita and saxophonists Michel Portal and Émile Parisien. The album showcases the entire wealth of facets of Peirani's musical influences, and reveals more impressively than ever before what an intelligent and artful composer he is, and what a masterful and profoundly musical instrumentalist and storyteller.
The talented French saxophonist Emile Parisien recorded an excellent concert in 2017 with his quintet and some guest musicians.
Music Frames, 19-6-2018