Professor at the Strasbourg Regional Conservatory, Christophe Fourmaux is both a teacher and an accomplished multi-sax musician, curious about today’s music, whether written or improvised.
He is a founding member of the straSax quintet, for which he composed a dozen works. StrasSax is defined in the media as being a wonderful saxophonistic survival kit that imposes a very specific group-playing style, which has a vibrant intensity and an extraordinary collective energy. Their first album FRAG'S was awarded a choc Jazzman (French magazine on the subject of Jazz).
He created the modular electronic chamber music ensemble JAFTA, in which he developed a whole new space for playing and writing, open to experimentation fed by electronics, in which sound research, the expression of inner emotions and the development of creative popular music are all important.
Christophe Fourmaux participates as a performer in the creation of numerous contemporary works and collaborates regularly with the philharmonic orchestras of Strasbourg and Mulhouse and the Opéra National du Rhin.
He is co-writing with Philippe Geiss the 1st method “for the very small saxophonist” edited by Robert Martin. This innovative work accompanies the first steps of young beginner saxophonists, from 6 years old. This method leads the youngest saxophonists to the heart of the musical world through a creative, playful and applied learning process that allows the lasting acquisition of musical and technical knowledge and skills. A second volume will be published in September 2021.
Christophe Fourmaux is involved in many educational activities for amateurs and the public, in the form of courses, master classes, meetings, project creations, and jury membership.
His multiple artistic experiences have led him to perform in numerous concert halls, clubs and festivals throughout the Grand Est region, Europe, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, etc.many venues, clubs and festivals throughout the greater eastern part of France, Europe, Argentina, Brazil, Canada and many other countries.
Photo credit: Jean-Marc Barthel