Damien Prud'homme Medium Ensemble - Live D.Prud'homme, P.Lerech, P.Schug, M.Cuvillon, D.Gatto, S.Courtney, V.Engelberth, F.Agulhon, G.Laurent
Subgenre: Big Band
Artist: D.Prud'homme, P.Lerech, P.Schug, M.Cuvillon, D.Gatto, S.Courtney, V.Engelberth, F.Agulhon, G.Laurent
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- 3Jeanne H08:45
- 5Nova Dies08:25
- 6Wait and See08:31
- 8Almost Blues05:47
Info for Damien Prud'homme Medium Ensemble - Live
The alchemical process that gave shape to the Médium Ensemble has been brewing for years in the mind of Damien Prud'homme and the accomplices he has brought together this evening. The nine musicians have been playing together regularly, notably in the bands of the saxophonist from Metz: his trio Trilogiqu3, his Quartet, the Canal de l'Est 5tet or Mister Oz's big band...
Here they are, gathered together in a Dream Team in Nonet: a formula that allows them to combine the carefully crafted writing that is essential to a big-bang with the freedom of improvisation of smaller ensembles. I know the qualities and sensitivities of each musician well, I composed for them and made sure they all had their place and their space," explains Damien Prud homme. To be so close to the musicians and to have time to write and experiment with them is a dream and a luxury".
Indeed, Nonet's compositions are the fruit of a long maturation. After a first meeting in 2014 at the Marly Jazz festival, the Médium Ensemble was born in its current form at the Jazzpote festival in 2017. Several phases of writing, arranging and concert attempts (Nancy Jazz Pulsation for example) will give birth to a refined repertoire. This one, at the confluence of Damien Prud'homme's experiences, is a "personal invented folklore" letting you hear a music where melody is the fuel of each composition; "almost like a song" slips the man from Metz... Drawing from the roots of jazz, the love of be-bop and world sounds, with even a hint of pop spirit, the music of the Médium Ensemble resounds like the result of a journey under the sign of feeling and friendship: the magic ingredients for an excellent moment of jazz...
Damien Prud'homme, saxophones
Patrice Lerech, trumpet
Phillip Schug, trombone
Mick Cuvillon, alto saxophone
Dom Gatto, tenor saxophone
Sylvain Courtney, guitar
Volker Engelberth, piano
Franck Agulhon, drums
Gautier Laurent, double bass
Soloist, composer, art director, Damien Prud’homme has several keys to his tenor to make you browse every musical sensation. The artist from Lorraine builds up experiences with for only priorities the love of acoustic sound and creativity ranging for :
- The Big-Band energy : he is the artistic director of the Mister Oz’s Big Band and the Glenn Swing Orchestra Big Band. Artist Residence with Collectif Rubrica Art Ensemble (Luxembourg)…
- The Quartet subtle elegance : Damien Prud’homme Quartet (2 albums of compositions) and TRILOGIQU3 (F. Aguhlon / G. Laurent (2016 Label Great Winds).
- Audacious minglings : Tribal Jazz Project (his new Album), l’Orchestre National de Jazz de Luxembourg (featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, Paquito D’rivera, Didier Lockwood, Richard Bona…) - Songs : he is the arranger of Stanislas / Ceccarelli Tribute to Fred Astair, Tribute to Claude Nougaro with Natasha Saint Pierre, Mikelangelo and Yvan Cassar…
- To musicals as a multi-instrumentalist: Sister Act, Beauty and the Beast, Cats, Chicago (Théâtre Mogador, Paris), and in Germany : Adam’s Family, Rocky Horror Show, la Cage aux Folles, Spamalot, The End of the Raimbow…
Besides a classical training at the Metz CRR Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional (until 1995), he has spent more than 19 years playing on stage (Nice jazz festival, Nancy Jazz Pulsations, Jazz à Vienne,…) and travelling to New York, Berlin, Alger, Bruxelle, Perm, Moscow, Quito, Rio, Mumbai…. That’s how he has shaped his rich play full of emotion. He is open to exchanges and curious about all musics. On the flute, clarinet and saxophones, he has taken part to the project Indian meets Europe with Pandit Dobrat Mishra ! (Live Album 2012 and also played for Kader Fahem 5tet (Flamenco), Son Del Son (salsa)…
Urged by the thirst to pass on, he has been a teacher and coordinator for the jazz department of the Metz CRR since 2007. He also organizes with a trio educational concert called A Jazz History.
Finally, he composes or writes arrangements for various groups as concert bands, string orchestras, a clarinet quartets, a saxophone octect or big bands. (Prize- winner of Luxembourg 2012 composition contest)… He owes his knowledge and energy to undertake projects to meetings with musicians such as : Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Paquito D’Rivera, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Patti Austin, André Ceccarelli, Stéphane Guillaume, Benoît Sourisse, Franck Agulhon, Sylvain Beuf, Eric Barret, Hervé Sellin, Pierre Alain Goualch, Franck Tortiller, Claude Egéa, Andréas Ôberg, Marcel Loeffler, Chris Cheek, Rick Margitza…
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