A tribute to Billie Holiday
“Excellent harmonic imagination, diverse playing, most interesting compositions, and obvious knowledge of jazz history as well as a personal voice: Paul Lay has got everything it takes to go right to the top and make a lasting career.” Martial Solal
“Paul Lay proves to be a major young major pianist of his generation.” Jazz Magazine
Billie Holiday was one of the greatest jazz singers of the last century; great because her voice and her music were a reflection of her feelings and experiences. Hers was more than just a voice: when you listen to Billie Holiday, you hear her soul, her heart, and a scream from a troubled childhood that led to her relentless struggle against racism.
Billie Holiday was a myth, and a myth is always difficult to describe. Yet, created in honour of Holiday’s centenary in 2015, pianist Paul Lay and video-maker Olivier Garouste’s unique and vibrant tribute to one of the greatest legends of the 20th century brings Holiday’s career, music and particularly her passion back to life for the 21st century. Garouste’s video includes archive footage of Holiday.
Musical programme :
Cheek to cheek
God Bless the child
Créations & improvisations (Paul Lay)
Paul Lay piano
Olivier Garouste video
The performance will last for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes with no interval.
Paul Lay, piano
Jazz pianist Paul Lay graduated from the Paris Conservatory (CNSM) where he studied at the Jazz and Improvised Music Department. He also appears in the Riccardo Del Fra Quintet, Ping Machine Big Band, and Shauli Einav Quintet, and his own Trio and Mikado Quartet.
Alongside his solo recitals and collaborations with such singers as Barbara Hendricks and Terez Montcalm, a recent project has seen him collaborating with vocalist Isabel Sörling and bassist Simon Tailleu for Alcazar Memories.
Lay has toured extensively and won many awards and prizes, including in December 2015 the Django Reinhardt Prize for Best French Jazz Musician of the Year at the French Jazz Academy Awards. At the same time Jazz magazine’s Critic’s Poll cited him as ‘Best Young French Jazz Talent.’
Olivier Garouste, Director, film editor, image-maker
Trained through the school of practice O.S.F. Parisian Pirate TV in 1998, with the slogan “Don’t watch television, make it!” Garouste uses many different film techniques, from animation to mixed images, from theatre to film, he continuously develops different projection styles.
Various eclectic documentary films:
“Rond-Point Paris Beyrouth” 2008 (filmed in Lebanon), “Traduire Manticore”, or the making of “Les aventures de Rabbi Jacob”…
Short films like “Ça tourne court” prizewinner at the Independent Film Festival in New York, 2004
Visual creations for the stage, from theatre to music and dance
(Jazz à la Villette, Banlieue Bleue, Elysée Montmartre, Batofar, etc…), jazz, rock, electronic music… For the Théâtre du Rond-Point, Théâtre de la Ville, for Philippe Starck, with Jean-Claude Gallotta, Matthew Shipp, etc.
Find out about Paul Lay