Sylvain Rifflet

Sylvain Rifflet

Quoting Stan Getz as his main saxophonist influence, Sylvain Rifflet gladly draws in the field of American repetitive and minimalist music to develop a writing mixing improvisation, repetition, rupture, "bruitism" and even sometimes trance.


Saxophonist, clarinettist and French composer, graduated from the Conservatoire de Paris, Sylvain Rifflet is the winner of the competition of La Defense and has received several awards including a "victoire du jazz" and a "Django d’or".

He has performed or recorded with many musicians, including some of the "must-see" performers on the European scene (Louis Sclavis, Aldo Romano, Michel Portal, Kenny Wheeler, Riccardo Del Fra ...) but also alongside American musicians such as Joey Baron, Jon Irabagon, Jon Hollenbeck, or Michael Formaneck ... 

Spearheading the young generation of jazz musicians from the first decade of the 21st century, he has collaborated with those who are today on the front of the European "new scene": Verneri Pohjola, Airelle Besson, Thomas de Pourquery, Alban Darche, Jocelyn Mienniel, Pascal Schumacher, Rembrandt Freirichs, Florian Weber, Eve Risser, Sébastien Boisseau, Henning Sieverts and Fred Pallem ... 

Noticed as a composer in 2011 after the publication of Alphabet he subsequently published two albums on behalf of the Jazz Village label : Perpetual Motion - a celebration of Moondog in 2014 and Mechanics in 2015. In 2016 he releases Refocus, his first album for the historical label Verve.

He has also been a resident of the following structures Jazz au fil de l'Oise, Festival Banlieues Bleues, national scene of Alençon, Conservatoire de Besançon, Festival Like a jazz Machine, (Luxembourg.) and will be associated artist of national scene of Quimper for the next three years.

Photo credits: Guillaume Reynaud - Sylvain Gripoix.

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Sylvain Rifflet et Camilla George