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John Hadfield's Paris quartet

John Hadfield's Paris quartet

John Hadfield's Paris quartet

Line-up : John Hadfield - drums, percussion / Sylvain Rifflet - sax / Jozef Dumoulin - keyboards / Chris Jennings - ac.bass.

Après avoir déménagé à Paris en 2020, John Hadfield a réuni cet ensemble le John Hadfield's Paris quartet composé des musiciens les plus créatifs et originaux vivant actuellement à Paris : Sylvain Rifflet et Jozef Dumoulin et son partenaire de longue date au sein de la section rythmique de Nguyên Lê, le contrebassiste Chris Jennings.
Le groupe propose une déambulation musicale dans le Paris d'aujourd'hui ancrée dans l'harmonie, le rythme et l'improvisation.

John Hadfield - batterie, percussions
Sylvain Rifflet - sax
Jozef Dumoulin - claviers
Chris Jennings - contrebasse


Biographie

American Jazz drummer and world percussionist John Hadfield's Paris Quartet is the original, progressive, and contemporary sound of Parisian Jazz today.

After relocating to Paris in 2020, John Hadfield assembled this ensemble around a flexible, electrified, and groove-based foundation with his longtime rhythm section partner from Nguyên Lê's group Chris Jennings. In addition to Jennings, the core group of collaborators consists of two of the most creative and original musicians currently living in Paris: Sylvain Rifflet and Jozef Dumoulin.

The band offers a musical wander through Paris of today rooted in harmony, rhythm, and improvisation. The direction, concept, and instrumentation is electronic and contemporary, embracing technology and musical languages beyond the Jazz tradition, notably by mobilizing concepts from minimalism, Carnatic music, and the Middle East. The group champions true improvisation, refusing to conform to set expectations.

The pandemic forces us all to live and experience Paris in a new way. The lack of live performances has been challenging, but one some levels it made it easier for the group to coalesce with a focused energy and enthusiasm for making music together.

If French Jazz musicians tend to mystify the New York and American music scene, having made the reverse journey, John Hadfield is excited to celebrate the mixing of cultures that make Paris such an inspiring and special place for music.

This album explores the experience of foreigners in France, whether they are refugees who arrived in extremely difficult circumstances or race and class-privileged people like me who choose to settle in France. I see myself as part of a long genealogy of American artists who move to Paris to escape the United States, a country that does not support or respect its creators, including Ernest Hemingway, James Baldwin, Josephine Baker, and others.

Unlike my illustrious predecessors, I arrived in France during a pandemic that paralyzed the Parisian artistic scene. The health crisis forces us all to live the city in a different way. As devastating as it was, the cancellation of live performances made it easier for me to meet many musicians on a one-to-one basis, work out ideas together with numerous rehearsals, and focus on composing.

The album offers a musical wander through the Paris of the Covid-19 era, while continuing the values and approach of jazz as it is rooted in harmony, rhythm, and improvisation. At the same time, the ensemble's direction, concept, and instrumentation is electronic and contemporary, using musical languages outside of the jazz tradition, notably by mobilizing concepts from South Indian Carnatic music and African rhythms.

If French jazz musicians tend to mystify the New York and American music scene, having made the opposite journey, my music celebrates the mixing of culture that make Paris such a special place for music.

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