Saturday 14th May 2022
£30.00 - £50.00
Parisien’s brand-new electric sextet ‘Louise‘, continues to expand his musical world between traditional and contemporary jazz, with great sensitivity and imagination.
Line-up: EMILE PARISIEN saxophones; GABRIEL GOSSE guitar; ROBERTO NEGRO piano; JOE MARTIN double bass; NASHEET WAITS drums ; FABRICE MARTINEZ, trumpet.
Internationally acclaimed French saxophonist Emile Parisien is regarded as one of the most important protagonists of contemporary jazz. “Parisien's inventiveness and energy are simply stunning", says Télérama. Downbeat made clear: “To say that French alto and soprano saxophonist Émile Parisien is doing well in Europe would be an understatement.“ With his brand new electric sextet ‘Louise‘, Parisien continues to expand his musical world between traditional and contemporary jazz, with great sensitivity and imagination. The programme consists of original compositions, inspired by his great admiration for border-crossing, French-American sculptor Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010). For this endeavour, Parisien is joined by masterful European and US-American players: flamboyant trumpeter Fabrice Martinez, original guitarist Manu Cordja, poetic pianist Roberto Negro and the New York City-based jazz greats Joe Martin (bass) and Nasheet Waits (drums). With this project and line-up of renowned musicians, Emile Parisien sets path for a new adventure defying musical and cultural borders.
A jazz visionary, who may have one foot in that ancient soil, but his gaze is firmly fixed on the future. The leading French newspaper Le Monde has called him “the best new thing that has happened in European jazz for a long time,” while the Hamburg radio station NDR made the point of telling its listeners to give Parisien their “undivided attention.” The reference points on Parisien’s personal musical map are very widely spread indeed. They range from the popular folk traditions of his homeland to the compositional rigour of contemporary classical music, and also to the abstraction of free jazz. And yet everything he does has a naturalness and authenticity about it. Rather than appearing pre-meditated or constrained, his music has a flow, he traverses genres with a remarkable fleetness of foot and an effortless inevitability. What is it that makes the simple urgency of Parisien’s music quite so enjoyable? How does he manage to combine a provocative and anarchic streak with such a captivating sense of swing? Anyone who has seen and heard him on stage will know: it is because he lives his jazz with body and soul, because there is an authenticity and honesty inflecting every breath and every note.
Theo Croker will not be playing with Emile Parisien on this occasion due to other commitments.