Carine Bonnefoy, pianist,
Django d’Or – Prix SACEM de la création in 2007 for her album Outre-Terres, pianist, composer, arranger and band conductor, Carine
Bonnefoy occupies a rare spot in the french jazz sphere : that of an
artist, leading a quintet and a trio, who conducts, writes original
music and arrangements for ensembles as prestigious as the Metropole
Orchestra (who featured the likes of Herbie Hancock, Sarah Vaughan, and
others) under the leadership of Vince Mendoza, the German National Radio
Orchestra WDR Big Band, theTenerife Symphonic orchestra, the Orchestre
National d’Ile de France, the Ensemble de Basse Normandie, the Chœur
& Orchestre Sorbonne Université and the Philarmonique de Strasbourg.
In 2009, the album of Ivan Lins & the Metropole Orchestra
Regencia won the Latin Grammy Award for the best brazilian popular
album thanks to her arrangement / orchestration on Arlequim. After her
first and critically acclaimed quintet album, she went on to record
Outre-terres/Overlands with the 53-piece Metropole Orchestra : an
impressive, epic work based on the explorers of Polynesia where Carine’s
maternal ancestry lies. This flamboyant work, presented by Radio France
at the Olivier Messian hall in 2004, saw Carine Bonnefoy enter the
exclusive circle of great jazz composer-arrangers. Since 2009, she plays
with her New Large Ensemble (album Tribal, 2010), a 17-piece orchestra
featuring some of the stars of french jazz including multi-reed player
Stéphane Guillaume and drummer André Charlier (next album with her Large
Ensemble’ll released in 2019).
to music after experimenting with other forms of artistic expression. As
a composer, he has produced a number of instrumental and
electroacoustic works. Driven by strong theoretical precepts, the
soundscapes that his music explores owe much to extended instrumental
techniques and micro-interval harmony.
As a clarinetist, he has
performed improvisations with Remy Jannin's ensemble (recordings for
Radio-France), with Jean Bordé and Loran Brunet, and with pianists
Christophe Frionnet and Carlo Carratelli (Nuvole di Luna). He also
developed his improvisation skills on the organ with Olivier Innocenti
and the Phonogénistes. He combined improvisation and electroacoustic
music on the soundtrack for the film Joaquín Escuder, Un Univers de
Traits in which he explores the relationship between sound art and
in the relations between the arts, Chouvel has collaborated with the
sculptor Laurent Golon and filmmaker Philippe Chapuis. He recently
produced a multimedia composition for the work of Laure Gauthier, marie
In 2018, the Label Ameson released a CD of improvised music with Jean-Michel Bardez, Quadratures.
Pascal Marzan, guitarist,
plays on 10 strings microtonal guitar. Classically trained, he dedicated
himself to free improvisation music after his studies at E.N.M Normal
school of music of Paris and at Conservatoire of Clichy and teaching
classical guitar in different conservatoires in Budapest, Hungary.
He was involved in the organisation and the artistic direction of
festivals "R de Choc", "R du Temps", "Vestibules Ambulants", the R de
choc semi-monthly venues, and cine-concerts/performances dance and
poetry with Catherine Karako.
Actually living in London, he plays with John Russell, Steve Beresford, the London Improvisors Orchestra and many others.
Selected discography :
Pascal Marzan & John Russell : Translations. Emanem Records
Pascal Marzan & Roger Smith : Two spanish guitars. Emanem Records
Kosai Yujyo avec Sabu Toyozumi et Dan Warburton.... Improvising Beings records
after hermusical academic, instrumental, university
and vocal studies, first of all in Beirut, then in Paris, she began
performing operatic roles, oratorios, lieder and melodies. She also
accompanies herself, in recitals, by percussions and a guitar for which she
makes arrangements and harmonizations. She puts to music,poems and very ancient texts. Her repertoire
ranges from early music to contemporary creation. She sings in important
concert halls in Paris, in the province, in Europe, USA, the middle east and
Africa. Besides to her recordings of oratorios and contemporary works, from
Schumann till K. Haddad, Th. Machuel and M. Levinas, two CDs in solo: Racines sacrées and Vergers d’exil (2009-2011) have been edited by Hortus, songs in
very ancient languages for the Musée de l’Homme in Paris (2015) and the CD Roula chante PaulValéry by Bruno Doucey/Sous La Lime.