Émile Parisien Sfumato and his friends


Saturday 30th March
Rocher de Palmer, Cenon

The concert

For the 10th edition of Hear Palmer, Émile Parisien reunited on the stage of Le Rocher de Palmer all of his closest friends: Vincent Peirani, Théo Ceccaldi, Roberto Negro and Michael Wollny, as well as his quintet Sfumato, formed during the festival Jazz in Marciac in 2015.

A new stage for a new assemblage: after Château Palmer, Émile Parisien’s saxophone sang at Le Rocher de Palmer. A stage with a historic link to the estate – the man known as Major General Charles Palmer. The same who gave his name to Château Palmer, the wine estate in the Margaux appellation that he acquired in 1814. That same year he also purchased a property on the heights of Cenon… where today sits Le Rocher de Palmer.

“Be they five or seven, the harmony these jazzmen have between them is a thing of beauty; each of them are masters of their art, capable of both power and subtlety. The finesse of Màrio Costa playing on the drums… The impeccable bass of Simon Tailleu, the tasteful interventions of the guitarist Manu Codjia… It’s total fusion, rich, absorbing… All around the audacious blowing of Émile Parisien, who offer an interlude in duo, taking the time to play an homage to Daniel Humair, with freedom and feeling. Jazz of the highest order, unquestionably.”

Thierry Boillot, L’Alsace, 9 December 2016

The artists in a few words…

Vincent Peirani

Vincent Peirani started out studying both clarinet and accordion, with equal verve, before finally opting for the latter, which he describes as “an orchestra unto itself”. He was the first accordionist to enter the jazz programme of the Paris Conservatory. Between 1994 and 1998, he travelled the world participating in international competitions, bringing home a plethora of awards. In 2003, he won first place in the La Défense jazz competition for his duo with Vincent le Quang. Ever since, he’s been racking up musical collaborations. Among others, we’ve heard him alongside Daniel Humair, Michel Portal, and You Sun Nah. To say nothing of this solo projects, his duos with Emile Parisien and with François Salque, the quartet Out of Land (Parisien/Schaerer/Wollny), his trio Thrill Box (Bénita/Wollny) – thanks to which he began collaboration with the prestigious German recording label ACT Music – and his quintet Living Being (Parisien/Paeleman/Herné/Serra). What’s more, he was twice honoured at the Victoires du Jazz, in 2014 and 2015.

Simon Tailleu

Born in 1983 in Martigues in southern France, Simon Tailleu is one of the most talented French bass players on the jazz scene today.

He started studying bass at the Institut Musical de Formation Professionnelle in Salon de Provence. After three years spent in this school of music, he would obtain his degree and be unanimously awarded a gold medal from the Conservatoire de Marseille. In September 2006, he entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in the jazz and improvised music programme directed by the bassist Riccardo Del Fra. He received his master’s degree in June 2010.

Simon Tailleu currently plays with the group Sfumato composed of Emile Parisien, Youn Sun Nah, Pierre de Bethmann, Paul Lay, Federico Casagrande and Didier Lockwood, but he has always played with numerous other musicians from France and abroad: Biréli Lagrène, Michel Portal, Stéphane Belmondo, Mike Stern, Yaron Herman, Walter Smith III, Ambrose Akinmusire, Marcus Gilmore, Gerald Cleaver, Tommy Crane… He won first place in the La Défense jazz competition in 2005 for his group Newtopia, and also took second prize as a soloist in 2007. He also took home the group award at the Montauban international jazz competition in 2011, alongside the Enhco brothers. For his masterful technique, musical sensitivity, and his sense of harmony and improvisation, Simon Tailleu has been acclaimed by numerous musicians of his generation.

Màrio Costa

Mario Costa, an award-winning drummer on the international jazz scene, was born in Portugal in the 1980s. He began studying drums at the age of 7.

After obtaining a degree in jazz in 2008, he settled in the United States where he took private lessons with the likes of Ian Froman, Rodney Green, John Riley and Hal Crook. He also took part in master classes by Jeff Ballard and Adam Cruz.
Mário Costa has gained renown as a member of numerous groups, such as Hugo Carvalhais – Nebulosa, Quatuor GS, Ensemble Super Moderne, Carlos Mendes Quarteto, Métamorphose, Maria Mendes, Miguel Martins, Trio Carlos Azevedo, Mário Costa – Dual Experience, and José Valente – Expérience d’aujourd’hui.

He is currently a member of Émile Parisien’s Sfumato, the Miguel Araújo project, and the most recent group created by Ana Moura, with whom he has given more than 140 concerts in just the first year of a world tour for the album Desfado.

Manu Codjia

Manu Codjia, born in 1975 in Chaumont, France, was introduced to music by his grandmother. At an early age he enrolled in the school of music in Chaumont where he discovered jazz. As a young man, he was admitted to the Conservatoire de Paris where he would blossom under such professors as François Jeanneau, Daniel Humair and François Théberge. He was awarded first prize at the conclusion of his studies and would quickly be invited to collaborate with numerous musicians, including Erik Truffaz and Henri Texier. His first album, Songlines, released by the label Bee Jazz, featured his own compositions and included Daniel Humair and François Moutin. The album would earn him the Django d’Or jazz award for new talent in 2007, and a nomination at the Victoires du Jazz competition. Today, he plays alongside Émile Parisien in Sfumato and File Under Zawinul, as well as in Géraldine Laurent’s trio Looking for Parker. He also founded an ongoing trio with Jérôme Regard and Philippe Garcia with whom he recorded his second album Manu Codjia, followed by his third in 2010, COVERS dedicated to reinterpreting pop songs (Bob Marley, Michael Jackson). Manu Codjia has a unique talent for listening to his fellow players and adapting to their style, which is just part of what makes him such an outstanding musician and guitarist.

Théo Ceccaldi

Named Jazz Magazine’s French Revelation of the Year in 2014, as well as the magazine’s French Musician of the Year in 2016, Théo Ceccaldi has decidedly emerged today following his award as the Victoire du Jazz 2017 “Revelation of the Year” as one of the most singular voices of the new European jazz scene.

Théo Ceccaldi truly found his own voice in 2010 when he founded an original trio establishing links between traditional chamber-music and free improvisation.

The Théo Ceccaldi Trio has since confirmed all the good that’s been said about them in releasing two successive albums for the Ayler Records label and then being honoured at the 2014 “Jazz Migration” programme organized by Association Jazz Croisé. A founding member of the vibrant collective from Orleans known as Tricollectif, the violinist has been active in a series of formations including the quartet La Scala, the Loving Suite pour Birdy So led by pianist Roberto Negro (with Elise Caron), and the power trio In Love With led by the drummer Sylvain Darrifourcq.

In addition, Théo composes and arranges for the Grand Orchestre du Tricot a repertoire of songs by Lucienne Boyer, divine singer of the Roaring Twenties, and shines in the concert film Petite Moutarde alongside Alexandra Grimal, as he does in the duo Danse de salon with Roberto Negro. He’s also always game for improvised encounters and surprise invitations, notably with the likes of Louis Sclavis, Fred Pallem, Michel Portal, Vincent Courtois, Daniel Humair, Bruno Chevillon, Paolo Fresu, Eve Risser, Akosh.S, Andy Emler, Emile Parisien, Michele Rabbia or Elise Dabrowski.


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