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Denis Guivarc'h

For long in the shadow of the charismatic Magic Malik, Denis Guivarc’hcould be one of the best kept secret of saxophone. He shared with Magic Malik as well as Steve Coleman the oceans of the heady metrics and the complex harmonic formulas… Denis Guivarc’h insists on what he thinks to be the two founder elements of the Colemanian identity: the “funk” base – or the permanent preoccupation of the groove – and the use of claves from all origin. He nevertheless is a free musician who really stands back to the model. Denis Guivarc’h’s phrasing is rhythmical, flowing and bouncing. It links with great ease the complex harmonic systems, which allows him to explore all the registers of his instrument. His instrument: the alto saxophone, exclusively and without any hesitation. Maybe because he first adored Coleman and Greg Osby, but above all because he likes very much to master this nervous instrument. And this is not as easy as thought. References and collaborations: After a first record with Eddie Louis’ Multicolore Feeling in 1991, Denis Guivarc’h met Magik Malik and the Human Spirit. He followed him within the Magik Malik Orchestra. This was the beginning of a 10-year relationship, 5 records and numerous tours on the most prestigious stages: Marciac, North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Barbican Center London, Knitting Factory… At the same time, he led his activity of sideman, especially with PacoSery, with whom he toured during one year. He also regularly collaborated with great musicians, such as Steve Coleman, Veras, Pierre de Bethmann, Bojan Z, JulienLourau, Batiste Trotignon, Louis Moutin, Jean Pierre Smadj, MininoGaray, Anga Diaz… Denis Guivarc’h made off with the record “Exit” (2006, Crystal Records), accompanied by Pierrede Bethmann, Jean-Luc Lehreand Mathieu Chazarenc. 2010 is the year of a new album: “Reverse”, in collaboration with Jean-Luc Lehr (electric bass) andChanderSardjoe (drums).
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DG Trio
REVERSE
2014
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