Living being II
Vincent Peirani accordion / accordina / voice

Émile Parisien soprano saxophone
Tony Paeleman fender rhodes

Julien Herné bass / electric guitar

Yoann Serra drums


After the triumph of Living Being, Vincent Peirani presents an exhilarating Living Being II - Night Walker, the second album by his group of the same name, composed of Émile Parisien, saxophone, Tony Paeleman, keyboards, Julien Herné, electric bass and guitars, and Yoann Serra, drums. With a combination of rock (note the reference in the numbering to Led Zeppelin, whose Stairway to Heaven is included here), chanson, pop and Western written music, the group is what the accordionist calls a “Chamber Rock Music Orchestra”.


The writing, instrumentation and performance are excellent, and the quintet took particular care over the sound of the album (recorded in Brussels in March 2017 in just four days). Combining organic breath (accordion, saxophone) with outbursts of electric sound, the tracks present delicate, refined atmospheres or ambiences, grooves with contemporary oriental touches, and bold revivals (from the Baroque composer Henry Purcell to Led Zeppelin). The pieces are always powerfully evocative and together they form an expressive arch, with an extraordinary narrative content. In other words, this is another gem from the enfant terrible of the twenty-first century accordion.

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Seventh Heaven
Vincent Peirani accordion

Federico Casagrande guitars

Émile Parisien saxophone

Stéphane Edouard percussions

Jocelyn Mienniel flute


One of the most celebrated romances of the late silent era, Seventh Heaven, made in 1927 by the American director Frank Borzage, is set in Paris, in Montmartre. To compose the music for this film concert, the accordionist Vincent Peirani immersed himself in the atmosphere of pre-First World War Paris. The result is a superb ode to love.


To bring out all the lyricism of this masterpiece of silent cinema, Vincent Peirani explores with his accordion the most amazing, virtuosic paths, and he is joined by four exceptionally talented musicians: Federico Casagrande (guitars), Émile Parisien (soprano sax) and Stéphane Edouard (percussion). Showing wonderful energy and brilliant in its interaction with the pictures, the quintet brings out the grandiose style of this gem of a film.


The first Academy Awards ceremony, honouring the best films of 1927 and 1928, was held in 1929. Seventh Heaven won Frank Borzage the Oscar for Best Director. Often compared for its expressionist visual style to F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise (also 1927), it is Borzage’s most famous film. Bringing together, for the first time on the silver screen, Janet Gaynor (Diane) and Charles Farrell (Chico), one of the great romantic teams in movie history, Borzage transcends the melodrama and intermingles romance with history. Tinged with a magical realism and a celestial atmosphere, Seventh Heaven is one of the most beautiful cinematographic expressions of the miracle of love.


The scene is set in Paris in 1914. Chico, a city sewer worker who dreams of being promoted to sweeping streets, meets Diane, a young woman who is ill treated by a bullying sister. Later he saves her from being arrested by claiming that she is his wife. He takes her home to his garret “near the stars”, on the seventh floor (hence the title of the film). Their bliss is shattered when Chico is called up to fight in the First World War…

Out of Land Beeflat


Out of Land
Vincent Peirani accordion
Émile Parisien saxophones

Andrea Schaerer voice / mouth percussions

Michael Wollny piano


Eine Supergroup des europäischen Jazz - so darf man das Quartett wohl nennen, in dem sich der Schweizer Sänger Andreas Schaerer, der deutsche Pianist Michael Wollny, der französische Akkordeonist Vincent Peirani und sein Landsmann am Sopransaxofon, Emile Parisien, zusammengefunden haben. Alleine zwölf ECHO Jazz Awards vereinigen sie auf sich und in ihren Heimatländern haben sie nahezu jede wichtige Auszeichnung erringen können. Mit dem Live-Album „Out of Land“ beweisen sie nun gemeinsam, dass sie an der Spitze der Jazzgeneration zwischen 30 und 40 Jahren stehen: weil sie die Möglichkeiten ihres Instruments neu definieren und die Grenzen des Jazz erweitern.Peirani ist das Bindeglied dieses aus musikalisch Gleichberechtigten bestehenden Gipfeltreffens, hat er doch mit den drei anderen schon gespielt und sie nun hier zusammengeführt.

Vincent Peirani accordion
François Salque cello

Johnny Rasse & Jean Boucault bird singers


Just as songbirds are inspired by the song of other birds, encountered during their migration, composers have always been inspired by the music discovered during their travels. From Sibelius to Piazzolla, through Messiaen and Takemitsu, this unusual quartet invites us to take part in an amazing musical journey, and invents a melody of exile.


A simple chord (C-E-G) repeated by Peirani, a fine melody by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, sketched by François Salque, then Cantus Arcticus (subtitled Concerto for Birds and Orchestra) by the Finnish composer Rautavaara. Behind them, the singers, as if lying in wait beside a pond bathed in mist – or near a lake – Lake Baikal. So when they play a piece by Rimsky-Korsakov, The Nightingale and the Rose, one of the “bird singers” takes the part of the rose.


Then, magically, the imaginary journey takes us to Argentina. When they take on Astor Piazzolla's Armageddon, François Salque and Vincent Peirani go wild. And suddenly Jean Boucault and Johnny Rasse join them as birds of the Amazon. Including the indicator bird (or honeyguide), a bird that will deliberately guide humans to bee colonies: once the nest is open and the honey taken, it will feed on the remaining larvae and wax. The miraculous world of birds.

File under Zawinul
Vincent Peirani accordion
Émile Parisien soprano saxophone

Manu Codjia guitar

Tony Paeleman fender rhodes

Linley Marthe bass

Mino Cinelu percussions

Aziz Sahmaoui voice / percussions

Paco Séry drums


Anlässlich des 10. Todestags von Joe Zawinul bieten diesen hervorragenden Musiker mit dem Programm «File Under Zawinul» eine überwältigende Hommage an einen der wahren Giganten des Jazz.


Émile Parisien / Vincent Peirani - « Belle Époque »
Émile Parisien soprano saxophone
Vincent Peirani Akkordeon


Peirani und Parisien vereinen sich zu einem Duo der Extraklasse! 

Man darf den Albumtitel Belle Époque am Ende mehrdeutig verstehen: Als Beschwörung der großen Zeit, in der jene Musiktradition begann, in der Vincent Peirani als Akkordeonist und Parisien mit seinem Saxophon stehen. Aber auch als Ausblick auf die gerade angebrochene, so viel versprechende Epoche, für die diese beiden noch viel mehr stehen: In der die Jazzmusik alte Grenzen überwindet, um nach Freiheit und Schönheit zu streben. 

Dass dies gelungen ist, beweisen begeisterte Pressereaktionen – Fono Forum nennt Peirani "ein Jahrhunderttalent", Deutschlandradio Kultur stellt fest: "Es ist großartig, wie die beiden Franzosen musikalisch zusammen finden, wie sie ihre Klangfarben wunderbar miteinander verschmelzen und wie jeder der beiden Musiker dennoch seine eigenen Akzente setzen kann. Und wie bei aller Spielfreude immer viel Spannung und Transparenz in dieser Musik bleibt." Und 3sat Kulturzeit bemerkt: "Bei den beiden klingt Jazz geschmeidig und unfassbar spielerisch."

François Salque / Vincent Peirani
François Salque  cello

Vincent Peirani accordion / voice


Jazz, classical music, contemporary inspiration and world music intersect in this programme without borders proposed by two exceptional artists. The fruit of encounters between musicians – performers or composers – from different backgrounds, their concerts invite us to travel in a world of written or improvised music, and provide new insight into the art music repertoire, the traditional themes of Central Europe, tango and jazz, thus creating an original and jubilant language.





Johann Sebastian BACH, Antonio VIVALDI, Manuel de FALLA, Niccolò PAGANINI...

Stéphane GRAPPELLI, Charlie PARKER, Birélie LAGRÈNE, Django REINHARDT,

Vincent PEIRANI, Antonio Carlos JOBIM…


They have retained the discipline and panache of classical music, and nourished their imagination with jazz and traditional music; they have cultivated the rich timbres and hypnotic sounds of contemporary music. Creating unsuspected bridges between art music and improvisation, François Salque and Vincent Peirani present a sumptuous concert in which the apparent nudity of the instruments is challenged by a wealth of inventiveness.



This lively duo with its marvellous complicity presents a concert in the form of an invitation to travel within a world of improvisation. The programme is inspired by their first album, EST (Outhere/Harmonia Mundi). Traditional and classical music, jazz and contemporary inspirations come together to create music that is both virtuosic and moving, with colours that are sometimes nostalgic, sometimes fiery and passionate.


From the famous Romanian Folk Dances of Béla Bartók to Stéphane Grappelli's amazing Medley, bringing together Gypsy jazz and Romanian folk themes, the musicians evoke the fascinating story of the Roma, the peasant traditions of the Eastern plains and (with Baikal by Jocelyn Mienniel) the atmospheres of Lake Baikal, bordering on different cultures. Exciting czardas, passionate Gypsy dances, folk themes: traditional pieces and contemporary creations, following in quick succession, arouse in us contrasting emotions and a delightful feeling of shared humanity.



Modern Jazz / Gypsy Jazz / Traditional Music / Original compositions


Mixing modern jazz and traditional music, the musicians invent a path that reflects their skills and interests and transform each of their encounters into a unique and very moving musical moment. Inventive and incandescent, their music explores many sound resources and instrumental techniques. Transcended by an extremely fertile imagination and a keen sense of improvisation, the various repertoires are propelled into a playful world characterised by a blend of virtuosity, swing and exuberance.



Tango / Latin American music / music from southern Europe / modern jazz


Astor PIAZZOLLA, Hermeto PASCOAL, Vincent PEIRANI, Antonio Carlos JOBIM ...


On stage, with a communicative complicity, the musicians present a sensual, colourful programme, including art music from southern Europe, modern jazz and popular Latin American music. We participate in a splendid journey to the south of two continents, to a musical Eldorado, where dream and discipline, inventiveness and passion come together.

Michael Wollny / Vincent Peirani
Michael Wollny Klavier
Vincent Peirani Akkordeon / Akkordina


Das erste Zusammentreffen von Wollny und Peirani im Jahre 2012 markiert den Beginn einer in der Jazz-, wie überhaupt in der Musikwelt seltenen, deutsch-französischen Musik-Partnerschaft.


Auf "Tandem" legen Wollny und Peirani nun endlich wieder einmal gemeinsam eine musikalische Wegstrecke zurück und schöpfen dabei alle Klangmöglichkeiten ihrer Instrumente aus.


Egal ob Wollnys Flügel in Akkord- Wohlklang schwelgt, in wilde vertrackte Läufe ausbricht oder gedämpfte Perkussion-Klänge aus seinen Innereien beisteuert, ob Peiranis Akkordeon wuchtig-sinfonische Orgelflächen in den Raum stellt, in der allerhöchsten Lage spitze Kommentare spricht oder furiose, eigentlich unspielbare Klangkaskaden entrollt – alles bleibt ein gehaltvoller, ideal aufeinander eingehender Dialog.


Ein Tandem zweier musikalischer Feingeister und Berserker zugleich, die sich hier als europäische Lichtgestalten der universalen Weltsprache "Jazz" beweisen und von denen man noch viel erwarten darf.