Jean-Christophe Cholet & Alban Darche: Jazz Tribute to Poulenc
Jean-Christophe Cholet Piano & Composition// Alban Darche Saxophones & Composition// Nathalie Darche Piano// Pascal Vandenbulcke Flutes// Jean-Louis Pommier Trombone// Matthieu Donarier Saxophones & Clarinets// Olivier Laisney Trumpet// Marie-Violaine Cadoret Violin & Alto// Mathias Quilbault Tuba// Christophe Lavergne Drums// Stéphane Kerecki Double Bass
An original piece that takes its inspiration from French composer Francis Poulenc’s work and to build him a “tombeau” (grave), just like what Maurice Ravel did for Couperin. The line-up of La Diagonale du Cube enables the performers to create the sound of a jazz orchestra as well as that of a concertino for two pianos and orchestra.
Jean-Christophe Cholet is one of the most unusual French personalities in the field of improvised music. He graduated from the Schola Cantorum in 1985 having studied piano, harmony, descant and fugue. In addition to his solid classical training, Cholet is an accomplished jazz musician who began composing jazz music from a very young age. Having trained with Kenny Barron, Richie Beirach, Bernard Maury, Bill Dobbins as well as Lee Konitz, Cholet has performed with jazz greats including Charlie Mariano, Matthias Rüegg, Michel Portal, Louis Sclavis, Paolo Fresu, Rick Margitza, Marc Ducret, Jon Sass, and others. In Switzerland, he has given solo performances for the symphonic projects of Mathias Rüegg and has performed with Claudio Pontiggia, horn player, Matthieu Michel, trumpeter, as well as the Cholet Känzig Papaux Trio. Cholet composes for symphonies, dance, circus, theatre, and films and has a repertoire of around 230 works.
Alban Darche is a gifted composer and leader of several bands such as Le Gros Cube, a big band featuring the finest jazz talents in France with several albums to its name, including one featuring the French singer Philippe Katerine. He has worked with, amongst others, L’Orchestre National de Jazz, John Hollenbeck, Samuel Blaser, Gábor Gadó, Tim Berne and Driss El Maloumi. Darche is also one of the founders of the dynamic music label Yolk, which has allowed a whole generation of young musicians to flourish. An avid multidisciplinary collaborator, Alban is currently working with choreographer Nasser Martin-Gousset, director Sylvain Maurice, writer Pierre Bordage, and accordionist Sébastien Bertrand. In L’Orphi-Cube, his latest project, Darche explores the links between music and visual arts through a collaboration with graphic designer Silvain Joblin.