21st MARCH – Big Valses…! Maurice Ravel by Pierre Drevet & The European Big Band

21st MARCH – Big Valses…! Maurice Ravel by Pierre Drevet & The European Big Band

composed by Pierre Drevet from Maurice Ravel’s Nobles and Sentimental Waltzes,

The music of the impressionist composer meets a jazz orchestra.

Once again this year, the CMDL invites students from different European music schools to work together on a Big Band project imagined by the guest artist. Pierre Drevet, a brillant French trumpet player and composer, will have the pleasure of leading the European Big Band in March 2019. Afer a week of residency at the CMDL, they will perform Big Valses…! at l’Espace Nino Ferrer on March 21st.

 « I have always admired Maurice Ravel’s genius of composition and orchestration. It gives the impression of «coloring harmony». With its very clear melodies and simple harmonies it’s a bit like the «good» jazz standards. It was a dream to create a «cross-mix» between this impressionist music and jazz music through a Big-Band.» Pierre Drevet

Among the figures of French jazz, Pierre Drevet is one of those who matter. Musician, trumpet player with solid phrasing and always precise with a fascinating clarity, he is also a composer and brilliant arranger. Member of the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, he is now devoted to several Big Band projects.

The European music schools : The Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław (Poland), University of Agder (Norway), Royal Conservatoire Antwerp (Anvers, Belgium), Royal Academy of music in London (UK), The Hochshule für Musik of Munchen (Germany), The Pôle supérieur de Paris Boulogne-Billancourt and the Centre des Musiques Didier Lockwood (France).

Jérôme Renaud, Léo Tochon – drums, percussions
Alix Merckx, Grégoire Oboldouieff – doublebass
Michal Holisz, Etienne Juguet – guitar
Sylvain Le Ray, Sylvain Fouche – piano
Christopher Schneider – saxophone, clarinet, flute
Ludovic Ernault, Noé Moureaux-Néry, Trygve Rypestoel, Maxime Degéry – saxophone
Valentine Gérinière – flute
Yumiko Yamashita – clarinet
Harrison Maund, Julien Roger, Antoine Decune, Charles Saint-Dizier – trombon
Gero Hensel, Alexandra Ridout, Louis Alléaume, Sébastien Colson – trumpet




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