Date/Time: 8PM, March 18th
Venue: Triskel Arts Centre
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Savour the honeyed tones of saxophonist Andy Sheppard, performing music inspired by characters from Shakespeare in a sparkling dialogue with French pianist Guillaume de Chassy and drummer Christophe Marguet.
‘The great English poet of the saxophone’, jazz virtuoso Andy Sheppard joins forces with drummer Christophe Marguet and pianist Guillaume de Chassy in a musical journey across Shakespeare’s world. Part-improvised and part-written, the music draws inspiration from Renaissance composers Thomas Morley and William Byrd, with the trio unfolding an extraordinary palette of sounds to conjure up everything from star-crossed lovers and brooding Danish princes to the rustling advance of Birnam Wood.
West Country saxophone colossus Andy Sheppard has composed over 350 works and collaborated with artists as varied as percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, violinist L. Shankar, pianist Joanna MacGregor, songwriter John Martyn and a myriad of leading jazz figures, including Carla Bley, George Russell and the late Gil Evans. De Chassy and Marguet, who share writing duties on the project, have between them collaborated with such luminaries as Paul Motian, Mark Murphy, Enrico Rava, Buddy de Franco, Kenny Wheeler, John Scofield and Evan Parker.
Andy Sheppard, saxophones
Guillaume de Chassy, piano
Christophe Marguet, drums
International jazz star, ECM recording artist and Bristol resident Andy Sheppard is one of few British musicians to have made a significant impact on the international jazz scene, playing and writing for solo to big band and chamber orchestra. A serial collaborator, Andy has worked with some of the biggest names in jazz and is in huge demand for both his composing and for his legendary live performances.
Andy Sheppard bought his first saxophone at the age of nineteen after being introduced to the jazz music of John Coltrane, and has since established himself as one of Britain’s foremost tenor and soprano saxophonists, and is one of a very few soloists to have played in the big bands of all three of the greatest post-war jazz composers, Carla Bley, George Russell and Gil Evans.
Andy Sheppard website: http://andysheppard.co.uk/
Guillaume de Chassy
The pianist Guillaume de Chassy has created a very unique musical identity that escapes classifications. Growing up listening to Schubert and Miles Davis, de Chassy is a self-taught improviser, immersed in both jazz and classical music. He plays with sobriety and intensity and the refinement of his harmonies reflects his poetic and sensitive qualities.
He has played or recorded with some of the finest jazz musicians: Paul Motian, Mark Murphy, Andy Sheppard, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, and worked with Musicians without Borders. He has collaborated with the classical music pianist Brigitte Engerer, the opera singer Laurent Naouri, with choir director Joel Suhubiette (for whom he wrote a jazz cantata), with the filmmaker Antoine Carlier and with flamenco dancer Ana Yerno. He is also involved in various projects with actresses Kristin Scott Thomas and Vanessa Redgrave.
Guillaume de Chassy website: www.guillaumedechassy.com
Studied with Jacques BONNARDEL, Michel SARDABY and Keith COPELAND. Workshops and master classes with Kenny BARRON, Rufus REID, Victor LEWIS, David LIEBMAN, Richie BEIRACH, Ron Mc LURE, Billy HART et John ABERCROMBIE.
Since the early 80s, works with musicians such as Barney WILEN, Alain JEAN-MARIE, Vincent HERRING, Bud SHANK, René URTREGER, Turk MAURO, Buddy DE FRANCO, Ted NASH, Ted CURSON, Don SICKLER, Louis SMITH, Wild « Bill »DAVIS Jr, Stephane GRAPPELLI, Didier LEVALLET, Enrico RAVA, François CORNELOUP, Richard GALLIANO, François JEANNEAU, Paolo FRESU, Glenn FERRIS, Marc DUCRET, Joachim KÜHN, Gian Luigi TROVESI, Louis SCLAVIS, Claude BARTHÉLÉMY, Yves ROBERT, Christof LAUER, Michel PORTAL, Dominique PIFARÉLY, Eric WATSON, Ricardo Del FRA, Mat MANERI, Herb ROBERTSON, Boyan Z, Barry GUY, Paul ROGERS, Kenny WHEELER, François COUTURIER, Larry SCHNEIDER, Joëlle LEANDRE, Anouar BRAHEM, Evan PARKER, Roswell RUDD, Heinz SAUER, Henri TEXIER, Jean-Charles RICHARD, John TCHICAI, NDR Big band (hambourg), John SCOFIELD, Joe LOVANO…
In 1993, he founded his own band. After winning the National Jazz Competition « La défense » in 1995, he recorded its first album « RESISTANCE POETIQUE » (Label Bleu) which has won the « Django d’Or » (best new french group) in 1997 and he’s nommed « TALENTS JAZZ 1998 » (Adami).
He received the “Shock of year” from Jazzmagazine/Jazzman for Cd “Itrane” in 2008, “Pulsion” in 2012 and “Looking for Parker” in 2013. He has played several festivals in France and Europe, and played in many countries all over the world (China, Japan, Taiwan, Brasil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Cuba, South Africa, Madagascar, Seychelles, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Cameroon, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Ukraine, Russia, Norway, Mauritius….). He worked for the french movies makers Bertrand TAVERNIER : « ÇA COMMENCE AUJOURD’HUI » music from Louis SCLAVIS and « HOLY LOLA» music from Henri TEXIER. At the present time, works mostly with several project : “Shakespeare Songs” with Guillaume De CHASSY and Andy SHEPPARD, “Looking for Parker” with Géraldine LAURENT and Manu CODJIA, as well as in duet with Daniel ERDMANN or with the comedian Frederic PIERROT on a reading of the book of the Intranquillité from Fernando Pessoa, and collaborates in a regular way with Claude TCHAMITCHIAN, Hélène LABARRIÈRE, Gérard MARAIS, Yves ROUSSEAU, ERDMANN/SAUER 4tet, L’Oeil de L’Éléphant (Le Querrec, Portal, Sclavis, Texier, Marguet), Jean-Marc FOLTZ and David VENITUCCI. He created a new sextet “Constellation” in 2012 with Steve SWALLOW, Régis HUBY, Chris CHEEK, Cuong VU and Benjamin MOUSSAY.
Christophe Marguet website: www.christophemarguet.net