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Joel Versavaud

Joel Versavaud, was born in central France and has lived in Marseilles since 2002.
Through his dual career as a concert artist and teacher at the Marseilles Conservatory, he strives to develop and promote the classical saxophone. Dedicatee of some dozen works, he has participated in numerous first performances of contemporary scores and recorded Christian Lauba’s 9 Etudes for saxophones in 2000 and the album Mai solo (on the Maguelone label) in 2006. He works with composers such as Thierry Alla, Georges Boeuf, Régis Campo, Philippe Festou, Lionel Ginoux, Philippe Hersant, Dominique Lemaître, Philippe Leroux, Zad Moultaka, François Narboni, Jean-Claude Risset, François Rossé, Roland Semadeni and Eric Tanguy.
Seeking to broaden the saxophone repertoire in chamber music and works for larger forces, he has collaborated with many ensembles like Ars Nova, Musicatreize, Télémaque, Stravinsky, Symblêma, the Choeur Contemporain, with the orchestras of Marseilles, Bordeaux, Toulon and Monte-Carlo and the Manfred Quartet. In october 2011, the label Skarbo publishes the album "Bach-Un souffle continu" in which Joel Versavaud opens up his versions of solo pages for violin, cello or flute solos thanks to the circular breathing.
He gives concerts and master classes in the United States, Japan, Canada, Lebanon, Tunisia and at festivals, universities and conservatories throughout Europe. 

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Instruments: Saxophones Soprano, Alto, Tenor Series III et Baritone Super Action 80 Series II
Bach - Un souffle continu
Joël Versavaud, saxophones

Label Skarbo
10/2011