vendredi 12 mai
Shauli Einav - sax
Laurent Coulondre - keys
Paul Wiltgen - drums
Eran Har Even - guitar
Shauli Einav 4tet
Living Organs - artist in residence
The concept of the upcoming Shauli Einav project was conceived after a long brainstorming, the result is an authentic image of a sound that I have been tempted to experiment for many years.
After six albums as a leader with only acoustic instrumentation, in this new project, I have decided to explore more electronic and electric instrumentation comprised of electric guitar, organ/keyboards, drums, saxophone & electronic saxophone controller.
The desire to progress to this type of formation was the inspiration I have from music that is not from the jazz genre.
As a young musician in the '90s I was always attracted to the sounds of British electro/funk bands such as the Jamiroquai, The Prodigy, Simply Red, and, David Bowie. The melodies which are derived from medieval folk music in addition to modern jazz influenced harmonies were constantly on my Sony Walkman. In a way, this is my homage to my teenage years where I aim to bring more audiences to Jazz, especially from the Millennial generation (a.k.a Gen Y) by building a bridge from that generation popular esthetic to today's mainstream Jazz.
In light of these influences I will embark on this new quartet which will showcase these inspirations through my original compositions. The quartet will feature rising stars from The Netherlands (guitarist Eran Har-Even), Luxembourg (drummer Paul Wiltgen), and, France (organist Laurent Coulondre). This European collaboration will also contribute to our goal of playing concert in the region, and spread the music of Luxembourgish artists in Europe and beyond.
Throughout his development, Shauli Einav has immersed himself in musical and cultural history, laying down the bedrock to support his distinctive albeit inviting sound. Born into a musical family in the Israeli countryside in 1982, he began playing violin at age 4, moved on to the piano, and settled into the saxophone in his early teens. During his adolescence, he also danced with his family in a traditional Israeli troupe, which exposed him to the global spectrum of Jewish folk styles.
In his mid-teens, he was discovered by Arnie Lawrence, the Brooklyn-born saxophonist who numbered among jazz education’s monumental figures, first in New York and then in Israel. Lawrence was an unforgettable presence, fun and larger than life yet absolutely serious about his teachings. For his Israeli students, Lawrence facilitated clinics by legends like Max Roach and James Moody, and he drew from his own deep well of stories and anecdotes; Einav calls him the “the link to New York for us guys in Jerusalem.”
After earning his bachelor’s at Jerusalem Academy and his master’s from Eastman, Einav spent more than half a decade cutting his teeth in New York. In a 2011 profile, DownBeat called his release Opus One “a smartly played, swinging and evocative jazz album.” Equally effusive praise met his 2016 release, the adventurous quartet date Beam Me Up, and Animi has already begun to garner accolades. “Shauli has put together a very interesting recording,” says the saxophonist, educator and NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman. “[It’s] challenging but accessible, [and] performed by a wonderful band of young and talented artists.”
Today Einav lives with his wife and young son & daughter in Luxembourg, where he performs and teaches. He’s extremely grateful for his time in New York and Paris’ rich jazz and world-music communities, and today, he welcomes the room to breathe that Luxembourg city has greeted him with.
Laurent Coulondre is a French jazz pianist, organist, keyboardist, composer and arranger. At a very young age, he started playing drums and then took up the piano. He discovered jazz with pianist Stéphane Kochoyan and performed with the Big Band of Petite Camargue, opening for Marcus Miller, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau and Michel Legrand, as well as with the Jime & Cies orchestra at Jazz in Marciac.
After starting his studies in Vauvert and Toulouse, he moved to Barcelona, Spain, to study at the ESMUC, where he perfected his Hammond organ playing before settling in Paris in 2011, where he shares the stage or records in the studio with many artists.
Winner of several competitions on an individual basis and already with two albums to his credit (Opus I and Opus II), Laurent Coulondre was invited to open for Sting at the Jazz à Vienne festival in July 2015 and then was honoured as "Revelation of the Year" at the Victoires du Jazz in 2016 with his trio project Schizophrenia.
In 2017, he launched Gravity Zero, a new Keys & Drums duo project, surrounded by André Ceccarelli, Martin Wangermée, Yoann Serra and Cyril Atef, as well as the young audience show Madame Classique & Mister Jazz created with the singer Laura David and supported by the Jazz in Marciac festival and Spedidam. In 2019, to celebrate the memory of the famous jazz pianist Michel Petrucciani, Laurent Coulondre paid tribute to him with his album Michel on My Mind, for which he received the "French Record of the Year Award" from the Académie du Jazz. In 2020, Laurent Coulondre was again awarded the Victoires du Jazz in the category "Instrumental Artist".
Although he is regularly invited to perform on national stages (Jazz in Marciac, Jazz à Vienne, Jazz à Juan, Jazz sous les Pommiers, Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris Jazz, Cosmo Jazz, l'Olympia, etc.), he has also performed on international stages (Canada, United States, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, United Kingdom, Germany, Algeria, China, etc.).
At the same time, Laurent Coulondre teaches jazz piano at the Centre des Musiques Didier Lockwood and at the École supérieure de musique de Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.
Luxembourg native Paul Wiltgen is internationally recognized as an accomplished drummer, an imaginative composer and a visionary bandleader. An artist in the truest sense of the word, Paul compellingly balances his musical aesthetic and his personal passion, creating a sound from the drums that simultaneously supports and inspires.
After an extensive classical tutelage and a considerable amount of orchestral experience, Paul decided to pursue what would become his life’s passion: a career as a drummer.
Not long after realizing his true vocation, Paul became one of the most in-demand drummers in and around Luxembourg. August 2001 saw the mark of a major milestone in Paul’s life: he moved to New York City to study at the Manhattan School of Music.
Since graduating, Paul is in the vanguard of today’s jazz scene, having worked with many of its leading voices, including Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mike Moreno, David Binney, Lage Lund, Patrick Cornelius, Michael Janisch, Ambrose Akinmusire, Will Vinson, Walter Smith III, Bireli Lagrene, Tim Collins, Pablo Held and Franz von Chossy.
In collaboration with New Orleans guitarist, composer and producer Brian Seeger, Wiltgen released the album Organic Trio “Saturn’s Spell” in 2017, which features four of his original compositions and which charted nationwide at #2 in the US JazzWeek Charts in February 2017 and remained in the Top 10 for two months.
Wiltgen was also the leader of a New York band named “The Paislies”, which released an album on the Fresh Sound New Talent record label in 2007. He is one of the original members of The TransAtlantic Collective (Whirlwind Records, UK), a vivacious contemporary jazz ensemble made up of musicians based in London and New York City.
Paul teaches drums at the Luxembourg City Music Conservatory. He endorses Canopus Drums.
Eran Har Even is an Edison nominated Israeli guitarist, composer and music educator residing in Amsterdam. In 2012 Eran completed both his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He is one of the most active figures of the Dutch jazz scene, recording and performing with some of the finest jazz musicians on the local and international circuits. These include prominent musicians such as Benny Golson, Terell Staford, David Friedman, Harmen Fraanje, Jamal Thomas, Joris Roelofs and Gilad Hekselman, to name a few.
For a decade Eran has been a faculty member of the Conservatory of Amsterdam - teaching ear training, theory, guitar and coaching ensembles - training the next generation of aspiring Jazz and Pop musicians. Besides, Eran is a guest teacher in music schools and jazz-seminars around the world, while performing regularly in the most renowned venues and festivals.
Eran’s work drew public - and media attention by it’s sui generis combination of styles and contemporary musical statements. Eran says about his music: “For me, music is like a conversation; in my compositions I compare the melody of my songs with a topic of a conversation… The solo section is where the discussion takes place… “
His unique playing and composing style is featured on numerous releases: Philippe Lemm’s “Sintra and Sonora”, Eran Har Even’s “Laws of Gravity”, EvenSanne’s “Something So Sweet” and 2018 Edison nominated “What If”, Little Know facts “In Search of the New Temple”, Pol Belardi’s “Urban Voyage”, BEAM’s “Flight Dream”, SIETSKE's “Leaving Traces” , Henk Kraaijveld “Passengers” among others.
Alongside, composing teaching and performing Eran is dedicating his time to research: he is currently authoring a method book about the application of polyphony on guitar – it will be one of the first practical method books addressing this topic in the Jazz idiom.
Shauli Einav wurde in Israel in eine Musikerfamilie hineingeboren. Er lebt mit Frau und Kindern in Luxemburg, ist opderschmelz Artist in Residence und konzentriert sich im Düdelinger Kulturzentrum auf das Konzept seines neuen Projekts. Die Weiterentwicklung eines authentischen Soundbildes, mit dem der Musiker schon seit vielen Jahren experimentieren wollte.
Nach einem Bachelor-Abschluss an der Jerusalem Academy und Master-Abschluss an der Eastman verbrachte Einav mehr als ein halbes Jahrzehnt damit, sich die Zähne an der Jazzszene New Yorks auszubeißen. 2011 konnte er erste namhafte Erfolge feiern. DownBeat lobte die Veröffentlichung seines Albums »Opus One« als ein klug gespieltes, swingendes und stimmungsvolles Jazzalbum. Weiter folgte Lob von Meister Dave Liebman für seine ersten Quartettalben »Beam me up« und »Animi.«
Nach sechs Alben als Leader mit ausschließlich akustischer Instrumentierung hat Einav beschlossen, elektronische und nicht akustische Klänge mit in seine Musik fließen zu lassen. Diese neuen Wege zu beschreiten stammt nicht zuletzt aus früheren Inspirationen durch Jamiroquai, The Prodigy oder David Bowie. In gewisser Weise ist das neue Projekt eine Hommage an die eigenen Teenagerjahre. Mit dem Ziel, eine Brücke von der populären Ästhetik der Generation Y zur heutigen im Jazz-Mainstream zu schlagen. Das eigens für dieses neue und avantgardistische Projekt gegründete Quartett besticht durch aufstrebende Stars wie Gitarrist Eran Har-Even (Niederlanden), Drummer Paul Wiltgen (Luxemburg) und Organist Laurent Coulondre (Frankreich).
Diese europäische Zusammenarbeit soll auch dazu beitragen, Konzerte in der Großregion zu spielen und die Musik der luxemburgischen Künstlerinnen und Künstler in Europa und darüber hinaus zu verbreiten.