Sylvain Rifflet (FR)
Saxophonist, claninetist, composer, improviser, Sylvain Rifflet is one of the most brilliant jazz musicians of his generation. After “Mechanics”, that received the award for best album of the year at the 2016 Victoires du Jazz, then “Re Focus”, released on the prestigious label Verve Records, in reference to the historical album “Focus” by Stan Getz, Sylvain Rifflet prepares “Troubadours”, a new album to be released in September 2019.
For this new project, Sylvain Rifflet chose to surround himself with the percussionist and his long-time collaborator Benjamin Flament (cfr. Alphabet and Mechanics), the Finnish trumpet player Verneri Pohjola (one of the leading trumpeters of his generation, with whom Sylvain has performed many times and in various contexts) and the exceptionally talented Sandrine Marchetti on the harmonium.
Influenced just as much by Guillaume de Machaud and Josquin des Prés as by the stories of the great troubadours (Guillaume IX of Aquitaine, Folquet of Marseille,…), this new chapter in Rifflet’s career exhibits a music that combines both medieval music influences and Sylvain Rifflet’s characteristic writing: new compositions mixing repetition and improvisation.
The use of a Harmonium and a Shruti-box (two Indian instruments to make elaborate drones) working with mechanical pedals allowed Sylvain to bring in this project a color that he had not yet explored.