Here is some information on the new release by Sylvain Rifflet. The album is called: Mechanics. It is the contiuation of Alphabet, my previous album, and features Joce Mienniel on flute and kalimba, Phil Gordiani on guitars and Benjamin Flament on percussion. The album will be out on the 8th of September on Jazz Village and distributed worldwide through Hamonia Mundi’s distributors. The album cover is a drawing of the Belgian artist François Schuiten. The new pictures have been taken by Sylvain Gripoix.
I am a French musician living in Paris, my main instruments are tenor saxophone and clarinet. I also play flutes and toy instruments such as music box, toy piano and metalophone. I studied saxophone with Pascal Dupont, Michel Goldberg and Philippe Portejoie. Graduted from Paris conservatory I’ve played in many French and European big-bands: Le Gros Cube (Alban Darche), Le Sacre du Tympan (Fred Pallem), Pandemonium (F.Jeanneau) etc …
As a sideman I performed with musicians such as Riccardo Del Fra, Michel Portal, Aldo Romano, Kenny Wheeler, Didier Levallet, Joey Baron… Between 2002 and 2011 I lead a French band called Rockingchair. In 2007, we received a « Django d’or » and several other awards for our first album. The second album of the band called 1:1 was released in 2010 on German label Enja.
In 2008, I composed played and recorded the original soundtrack for the French movie called Dernier Maquis and recveived the « Best Original Soundtrack » from the International Film Festival in Dubaï. I also wrote music for Arthur Rifflet’s documentaries Sin maïs no hay païs and La grippe du laisser-faire.
My actual groups are Alphabet (a quartet with mixed influences) and Art Sonic (a wind quintet founded with flutist Art SonicJoce Mienniel). In 2013 I played a concert entitled Perpetual Motion – a celebration of Moondog during the 30th Banlieues Bleues Festival alongside with saxophonist Jon Irabagon, the Dvd and live album from that concert was released on Jazz Village label in September ’14. I also regularly perform with vibraphonist Pascal Schumacher either in duo or with our quartet Blind_date.
Hope you enjoy the snapshot of the album.
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