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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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…
Émile Parisien saxophone
Andrea Schaerer vocals
Michael Wollny piano
When the paths of four of Europe's brightest jazz talents – namely saxophonist Emile Parisien, accordionist Vincent Peirani, vocalist Andreas Schaerer and pianist Michael Wollny – crossed earlier this year for two swiftly convened concerts, little did they realise they'd create one of the most unusual supergroups of recent times. The concerts were recorded, with the quartet subsequently receiving huge acclaim for their breathtakingly fluid and near telepathic improvisations.
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.
Émile Parisien soprano saxophone
Manu Codjia guitar
Tony Paeleman fender rhodes
Linley Marthe bass
Mino Cinelu percussions
Aziz Sahmaoui voice / percussions
Paco Séry drums
In 2017, it was 10 years that the famous jazz pianist and keyboardist Joe Zawinul died.
On this occasion, Emile Parisien and Vincent Peirani unveiled File under Zawinul. The idea of this creation came from Emile Parisien’s experience in the Syndicate, a music band which was created in memory of Joe Zawinul. Naturally joined by his playmate the accordionist Vincent Peirani, they pay together a strong tribute to the pianist.
Obviously, Mister Zawinul’s indispensable fellow have participated in File under Zawinul. Joe’s favorite drummer, Paco Sery, but also the bassist Linley Marthe, who was deeply admired by the pianist, ensure an amazing rhythmic, accompanied by the magician and Caribbean percussionist Mino Cinelu. To supplement this high quality music group, another former Syndicate’s musician joins the band: the Moroccan singer and percussionist Aziz Sahmaoui who has played during over 10 years with Joe Zawinul.
Emile Parisien also crosses paths with Munir Manu Codjia, a guitarist and singer coming from Salvador Bahia, but above all an unclassifiable musician spicing up File under Zawinul with his play at the crossroads of many cultures. Finally, the band would not be fully complete without « the sound architect » Tony Paeleman, one of the greatest fender rhodes’ master.
From Brazil to the Mediterranean sea, passing through West Africa, to end up in France, these eight musicians celebrate the memory of the virtuoso pianist through an ode to the mixing of cultures and musical influences. Now boarding for the planet Zawinul!
Vincent Peirani accordion / voice
Belle Epoque, featuring Vincent Peirani on the accordion and Emile Parisien on the soprano saxophone, is a unique and unusual duo. Tracing Sydney Bechet’s, Henry Lodge’s, Mills Irving’s and Duke Ellington’s compositions they suggest original interpretations.
Vincent Peirani and Emile Parisien share the same passion for musical astonishing stunts. They are interested in musical style, share the same love of improvisation and are emancipated from any technical constraint.
This set of cleverly conceived duets is full of subtle backward glances to the French jazz tradition, especially the work of Sidney Bechet, the New Orleans soprano saxophone master who became a star in France during the 1950s. Using the lightest of touches, they evoke the spirit of the original, but also suggest the distance separating that era from today. They bring this off particularly well in a knowing, sidelong version of Temptation Rag.
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.
FROM CLASSICAL TO JAZZ
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.
MUSIC OF CENTRAL EUROPE
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.
JAZZ AND TRADITIONS
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.
Vincent Peirani accordion / accordina
Since their first Encounter in 2012, both musicians made a name for themselves in the others homecountry.
These two much-lauded, and exceedingly busy musicians finally found some time together during which they could let their musical paths coincide. In Tandem they are to be heard exploring and expoiting all the sound possibilities of their instruments.
At one moment Wollny might be keeping quiet in some reassuring chords, but then he can break out into a fiercely wild passage, or he might lean into the piano to extract some muffled percussive sounds from it. As for Peirani, he can give the solidity and the seriousness of a church organ, but will also chirrup in little commentaries at the top of his instrument’s range, or deliver volleys and cascades of notes at improbable and probably illegal speeds.
This duo of superb musicians can simultaneously be highly refined, and yet completely off-the-wall. They are two of the brightest lights of the international firmament of jazz as seen through a European prism. They have also put down a marker with Tandem: their stellar collaboration is most definitely going places.