Album after album, through an ever increasing number of line-ups and experiences, Alban Darche has been building a highly original, free-spirited and coherent body of work. He’s the ingenious composer and leader of several bands that bring together some of the most talented French and international soloists.
Destined to scientific studies, Alban Darche chose to flourish in the artistic field: after classical music studies at the Conservatoire de Nantes, he joined the jazz class of the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris.
A saxophonist, composer and arranger, he has about thirty albums under his name. He combines a wide range of talents mixing jazz with pop, rock, opera, cinema, rap and slam, contemporary and chamber music. He changes labels from dance to musical theater and has worked with the National Jazz Orchestra, Philippe Katerine, Thomas Pourquery, Jeanne Added, Gabor Gado, theatre director Sylvain Maurice, choreographer Nasser Martin- Gousset, writer Pierre Bordage, dramatic author Marion Aubert and more.
Alban Darche and drummer and composer John Hollenbeck were awarded the French-American Jazz Exchange for their collaboration in the US-European quartet JASS, feat. Sebastien Boisseau and Samluel Blaser.
In 2016 Alban co-composed Le Tombeau de Poulenc, an orchestral piece for bigband and two pianos with composers Mathias Ruëgg et Jean-Christophe Cholet.
Alban is the co-founder and artistic director of very active label Yolkrecords, who received a Django d’Or award and has released more than 75 references. Yolk is awarded Label of the year 2019 by Les Victoires du jazz.
Alban Darche has played with… Steve Argüelles, John Hollenbeck, Samuel Blaser, Thomas de Pourquery, Daniel Yvinec, David Chevallier, Tim Berne, Marc Ducret, Julien Lourau, Kenny Wheeler, Driss El Maloumi, Baptiste Trotignon, André Minvielle, Vincent Courtois, Katerine, Geoffroy de Masure, Evan Parker, Olivier Sens, Franck Vaillant, D’ de Kabal, Dgiz, Médéric Colligon, Stéphane Payen, Christophe Lavergne, Sylvain Rifflet, Julien Lourau, Laurent Blondiau, Eric Vloiemans, Julian Siegel, Gilles Coronado, François Thuillier, Daniel Casimir, Fred Pallem, Jeanne Added, Tom Arthurs, Didier Ithursarry, Laia Genc, Jean-Philippe Morel, Tim Hagans, Ingrid Laubrock, Jon Irabagon… in numerous festivals, theaters and clubs in France : Banlieues Bleues, Europa Jazz Festivat, Jazz à Cluny, Jazz à Couches, Jazz au fil de l’Oise, Jazz sous les Pommiers, Jazzdor à Strasbourg, Les Rendez-Vous de l’Erdre, Nancy Jazz Pulsation, Flâneries musicales de Reims, Paris jazz Festival, Tourcoing Jazz Festival… and abroad: Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Belgium, the Netherlands, Turkey, China, USA, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Morocco, England, Korea, Japan.
The Series III Soprano ensures greater playability, particularly as regards pitch and blowing.
The blowing emission of its high register extended to high G has been largely facilitated. Selecting a straight or curved neck allows to get well acquainted with it.