Émile Parisien

Hear Palmer, 10th edition

A chance to present a new, original format, with not one, but three concerts.

The philosophy of the event remains unaltered. An artist is invited to express his vision, his understanding and his emotions about the new vintage of Château Palmer – he becomes its voice. This year, it’s the saxophonist Émile Parisien who has been chosen to recount in music the 2018 vintage. Emile is well acquainted with the estate having already had the chance to participate in an edition of Hear Palmer alongside Daniel Humair, who unveiled the 2013 vintage. Five years later, we have given him carte blanche to imagine and present a programme of three concerts. He will surround himself with talented jazzmen, bringing them together in three symbolic locations…

  • 29th March 2019 at Château PalmerDuo Metanuits, Émile Parisien & Roberto Negro (private concert) –La révélation
  • 30th March 2019 at Le Rocher de Palmer, at 20:30, Émile Parisien Sfumato & his friends – L’assemblage
  • 31st March 2019 at the Cité du Vin, 18:00, Carte blanche to Émile Parisien – La finale


Émile Parisien in a few words…

Born in 1982 in Cahors, in the south of France, this brilliant saxophonist enrolled at just 11 years old in the Collège Marciac school of jazz, where he learned from such established musicians as Pierre Boussaguet, Guy Laffitte and Tonton Salut. He would also have the chance to meet leading figures in jazz, including Wynton Marsalis, Chris McBride, Johnny Griffin and Bobby Hutcherson, who invited him to perform with them during the festival Jazz in Marciac.

In 1996, he continued his education at the Conservatoire de Toulouse, where he studied classical and contemporary music, notably with Philippe Lecoq. In 2000, Émile Parisien moved to Paris. Since then, he has performed in France and abroad with, among others, Daniel Humair, Michel Portal, Jean-Paul Celea, Jacky Terrasson, Claude Tchamitchian, Yaron Herman, Roberto Negro, Louis Sclavis, Jeff Mills…

In 2004, he affirmed his artistic identity by founding the Émile Parisien Quartet with Julien Touery, Sylvain Darrifourcq and Ivan Gélugne. Inspired by composers of the 20th century such as John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter or Ornette Coleman, the quartet infuses their music with an expressionist character, taking improvisation as their guiding principle. Pushing the boundaries of the concrete, the group achieves, thanks to a deep complicity between the musicians, a very personal and resolutely modern form of expression.

It was as players in the Daniel Humair quartet that Vincent Peirani and Émile Parisien first met. They came together as a duo for the first time at the festival A Vaulx Jazz in 2013. The duo has since become immensely successful, in France and abroad, and the two are now hardly ever apart. They notably play together as well in saxophonist’s quintet Sfumato, first formed in 2015 with Joachim Kühn during the festival Jazz in Marciac.

Émile Parisien once again showcased his modernity and originality with the release of his quartet’s new album, Double Screening, on 25 January 2019.

“A promising instrumentalist from an early age, Émile Parisien has established himself, at 33 years old, as one of the most brilliant European saxophonists of his generation.”

Rolling Stone, November 2016

His music

The musical influences of Émile Parisien are rooted in the French jazz tradition, to which is added the compositional layering of contemporary music, and the melodic and harmonious abstraction of free jazz. With Émile Parisien, nothing is calculated or forced: the features of different musical genres blend cheerfully, without prejudice or preconceptions. The result is a passionate, multi-faceted brand of music, at once provocative and anarchic, but also stirring and swinging. His authenticity and sincerity is reflected in every note. Awards have come naturally: Parisien was named artist of the year by France’s two most important jazz awards, the “Prix Django Reinhardt 2012” and the “Victoires du Jazz 2014”. In Germany he received the ECHO Jazz 2015 award in the “Best International Ensemble” category for his duo with Vincent Peirani.

“The Émile Parisien Quintet, Sfumato. He is one of those musicians whose talent is as obvious to see as it is to be heard. To watch Émile Parisien blowing in his soprano while pumping his elbows and his legs, then swaying his torso like a mast tossing in a storm, the visceral character of his lyricism becomes undeniable.” 

Les inrocks, November 2016


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