LOUIS SCLAVIS QUARTET

Biography

LOUIS SCLAVIS - clarinet

GILLES CORONADO -  guitar

BENJAMIN MOUSSAY - piano, keyboard

KEYVAN CHEMIRANI - percussion

"With its ancient roots and latter-day association with New Orleans, Dixieland and swing, the clarinet isn't often a frontline instrument in modern jazz let alone avant-garde. A handful of players such as Don Byron and Marty Ehrlich have aided in its prominence but not many. In the hands of Louis Sclavis the bass clarinet is not only a deterrent against conformist thinking; it is an instrument with greatly expanded borders and characteristics. Sclavis incorporates European chamber music, Middle-Eastern samazens and free jazz in his ambitious and literate compositions. Silk and Salt Melodies speaks to Sclavis' years of shaping a world view, unique stylization and his belief that improvisation is not a free-for-all but a discipline integral to telling a story. Almost twenty years ago Sclavis—with bassist Henri Texier and drummer Aldo Romaro—boldly experimented with blending components of European and West African folk tunes and jazz on Carnet de routes (Label Bleu, 1995). Sclavis, working with continually evolving lineups, has never fallen back on a purely mainstream approach. Now reunited with the Atlas Trio partners who created the excellent Sources (ECM, 2012), guitarist Gilles Coronado and pianist Benjamin Moussay are joined by percussionist Keyvan Chemirani on Silk and Salt Melodies. The Iranian native conveys a new aspect not only in his use of some unusual regional instruments but in his distinctive approach to beat cycles and rhythms. Chemirani's presence is a good fit with Sclavis' proclivity for pursuing global inspirations. The leisurely pacing of Sclavis' long expressive lines unfold dramatically on "Le parfum de l'éxil" allowing time for Coronado take a more angular route as together they cautiously accelerate the pace. Aided by Chemirani's intricate pacing and Moussay's late arriving countermelody, the piece adds multiple layers while maintaining a pastoral air. Coronado injects some jagged edges into "L'homme sud" complimented by Sclavis and Moussay almost speaking in one voice until the pianist takes off on a particularly nice solo. Chemirani and Sclavis turn the piece around with an injection of Middle-Eastern flavor. Moussay's beautiful and extended solo opens "L'autre rive," eventually joined by Sclavis and again upended by Coronado with a turn toward a darker, more mysterious side. A more rough and tumble "Sel et soie" has Sclavis wailing and Coronado assuming the more expressive role ; his lyrical and limpid notes bringing to mind guitarist Bill Frisell. Silk and Salt Melodies is the manifestation of Sclavis' vision of a surreal and exotic journey but on a less analytical level it is an appreciation of musicianship. Sclavis' clarinet can sound as deep and resonant as a double bass. He can uncannily mimic the folky sound of an accordion or play as boisterously as reed player Peter Brötzmann. Putting Silk and Salt Melodies in the context of Sclavis' larger body of work is somewhat irrelevant; he builds, incorporates and moves on. It's a good philosophy for listening as well.“

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VIJAY IYER SOLO
GENNAIO

GIOVANNI GUIDI PIANO SOLO
GENNAIO/FEBBRAIO

MICHEL PORTAL & LOUIS SCLAVIS DUO
GENNAIO/FEBBRAIO

JOHN SCOFIELD SOLO
GENNAIO/FEBBRAIO

QUINTORIGO
FEBBRAIO

RALPH TOWNER SOLO
FEBBRAIO

RALPH TOWNER SOLO
FEBBRAIO

Avishai Cohen Quartet
FEBBRAIO

ENRICO RAVA - JOE LOVANO 5ET
MARZO

GIOVANNI GUIDI "AVEC LE TEMPS" with BEARZATTI, CECCHETTO, LOBO, MORGAN
MARZO

ANAT COHEN TENTET
MARZO

CHRIS POTTER TRIO feat. Bill Frisell
MARZO

VIJAY IYER & GRAIG TABORN
MARZO

GIANLUCA PETRELLA & PASQUALE MIRRA
MARZO

CHRIS POTTER TRIO feat. Bill Frisell
MARZO

AVISHAI COHEN "BIG VICIOUS"
MARZO/APRILE

EMILE PARISIEN / VINCENT PEIRANI DUO
MARZO/APRILE

MARK GUILIANA "BEAT MUSIC"
APRILE

RAVA SPECIAL EDITION
APRILE

LOUIS SCLAVIS & VINCENT COURTOIS DUO
APRILE/MAGGIO

FRED HERSCH TRIO
APRILE/MAGGIO

BILL FRISELL TRIO
APRILE/MAGGIO

STEVE COLEMAN AND FIVE ELEMENTS
APRILE/MAGGIO

STEVE COLEMAN AND FIVE ELEMENTS
APRILE/MAGGIO

BILL FRISELL TRIO
APRILE/MAGGIO

AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE 4ET
MAGGIO

JULIAN LAGE TRIO
MAGGIO

AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE 4ET
MAGGIO

JOHN SCOFIELD TRIO
MAGGIO/GIUGNO

RALPH TOWNER SOLO
GIUGNO

AVISHAI COHEN "BIG VICIOUS"
LUGLIO

MARK GUILIANA "BEAT MUSIC"
LUGLIO

GIANLUCA PETRELLA & PASQUALE MIRRA
LUGLIO

FRANCESCO BEARZATTI TINISSIMA QUARTET
LUGLIO

JOHN SURMAN "INVISIBLE THREADS" with NELSON AYRES & ROB WARING
LUGLIO

JULIAN LAGE TRIO
LUGLIO

BOSSO, BEARZATTI, GUIDI - BROTHERHOOD
LUGLIO

GIOVANNI GUIDI PIANO SOLO
SETTEMBRE

GIANLUCA PETRELLA & PASQUALE MIRRA
SETTEMBRE

AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE 4ET
SETTEMBRE

BILL FRISELL TRIO
SETTEMBRE/OTTOBRE

EMILE PARISIEN / VINCENT PEIRANI DUO
OTTOBRE

ANAT COHEN TENTET
OTTOBRE/NOVEMBRE

MARK GUILIANA "BEAT MUSIC"
OTTOBRE/NOVEMBRE

AVISHAI COHEN "BIG VICIOUS"
OTTOBRE/NOVEMBRE

FRANCESCO BEARZATTI TINISSIMA QUARTET
NOVEMBRE

"DEAR GATO" Tribute to Gato Barbieri
NOVEMBRE

CARLA BLEY "TRIOS"
NOVEMBRE

URI CAINE TRIO
NOVEMBRE

FRED HERSCH TRIO
NOVEMBRE

STEVE COLEMAN AND FIVE ELEMENTS
NOVEMBRE/DICEMBRE

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