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Sylvain Rifflet “Troubadours”
Sylvain Rifflet – saxophones, clarinets, shruti-box
Yoann Loustalot – trumpet
Benjamin Flament – percussion
Sandrine Marchetti – harmonium
Saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Sylvain Rifflet (1976) has been on the scene for two decades, collaborating with French jazz legends (Henri Texier, Louis Sclavis, Aldo Romano, Michel Portal...), as well as renowned artists from the USA (Jon Irabagon, John Hollenbeck, Joey Baron, Jim Black...). As one of the leaders of the French jazzers generation who came of age in the first decade of this century, he made projects with creative peers across Europe, including Thomas de Pourquery, Eve Risser, Verneri Pohjola, Florian Weber and Pascal Schumacher. Citing Stan Goetz as one of his greatest role models, Rifle enjoys exploring American repetitive and minimalist music, developing as an artist by mixing improvisation and repetition, noise and trance. Among the numerous accolades of the French jazz community are the double-win (for composition and soloist) at the La Défense festival, the Django d'Or for the greatest talent (2007, with Érel Besson), and several accolades for album of the year, including the Victoire du jazz 2016, for his album Mechanics.
So far, he has released about a dozen albums as the leader of various formats. The album Troubadours (Magriff, 2019) consists of original fantasies about the music of the troubadours of France and Italy in the 12th and 13th centuries. The quartet lavishly releases the composed basis in medieval modes with the language of jazz: the magical games of Rifflet with Verneri Pohjola (in the new line-up is Joan Lustalo), the infectious colors of Sandrine Marchetti's harmonium and Rifflet's shruti-box, the obsessive pulse of percussionist Benjamin Flament. The echo of Coltrane's modal experiments is clearly present, European poetics provide a rich color, and Indo-buzz adds an exotic extract. Troubadours (Magriff, 2019) čine originalne maštarije o muzici trubadura Francuske i Italije u 12. i 13. veku. Komponovanu osnovu u srednjovekovnim modusima kvartet raskošno oslobađa jezikom džeza: magične su igre Riflea sa Vernerijem Pohjolom (u novoj postavi je Joan Lustalo), zarazne boje harmonijuma Sandrin Marćeti i Rifleovog shruti-boxa, opsesivni puls perkusioniste Benžamina Flamena. Uporište u Koltrejnovim modalnim eksperimentima je jasno, evropska poetika daje bogati kolorit, a indo-zujanje ekstrakt egzotike.
Support: French Institute in Serbia