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Emile Parisien
Les Métanuits

VÖ: 26.05.2023

Genre: Duo Art, French Jazz

CD

€18.00*

ACT 9964-2, 614427996428
Emile Parisien / soprano saxophone
Roberto Negro / piano

Improvisations by Emile Parisien and Roberto Negro inspired by György Ligeti’s String Quartet No.1 “Métamorphoses nocturnes”

Recorded by Mathieu Pion at Studio Gil Evans (Label Bleu), Amiens - France
Mixed by Mathieu Pion at Studio Csolfa
Mastered by Pierre-Emmanuel Mériaud

Produced by Roberto Negro & Emile Parisien
Executive production: Full Rhizome, Merci pour le poisson, Poulp

Cover art by Martin Noël

A tribute to György Ligeti. The composer would have turned 100 years old on May 28, 2023. French saxophonist Emile Parisien and Italian pianist Roberto Negro approach his String Quartet No. 1 "Métamorphoses nocturnes" with the tools of improvisation and, at the same time, great respect for the original composition.

Emile Parisien
Vital, curious and progressive, the French scene is setting important milestones for the development of contemporary European jazz. Despite all its openness to musical cultures, genres and currents, it has never lost its grip on the ground.Progress on the feet of its own tradition characterises France's jazz and the saxophonist Emile Parisien is one of its protagonists: a jazz visionary with one foot in the past and his gaze far ahead. This makes him the "best newcomer to European jazz in a long time" (Le Monde), who should be given "undivided attention" (Norddeutscher Rundfunk). Parisien's musical coordinates are broadly defined, from the folkloric tradition of his homeland to the compositional strategies of new music to the melodic and harmonic abstraction of free jazz. The special quality of this broad musical field lies in the naturalness with which it is explored. Nothing in Parisien's music seems calculated or forced. Instead, the genre characteristics flow into one another in his music in an unstrained, light-hearted way and without conceptual protection.The result sounds furious and is great listening fun in many facets: from provocative-anarchic to rousing-swinging. Anyone who has ever experienced the lively Frenchman live on stage knows that he lives jazz with heart and soul. Authenticity and honesty resonate in every note. Awards were not long in coming: Parisien was awarded the two most important jazz prizes in France, the "Prix Django Reinhard 2012" and the "Victoires du Jazz 2014", as Artist of the Year. In Germany, he received the ECHO Jazz 2015 in the category "Best International Ensemble", for the rousing duo with his musical alter ego and close friend, the accordionist Vincent Peirani.
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