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Emile Parisien Quartet + Alexander Hawkins

Tonight the Quartet celebrate the launch new album ‘Special Snack’, released on ACT.

Emile Parisien Quartet

Since 2004, these young musicians have impressed audiences with a rare spirit and maturity. Critics in France have been quick to champion them too, bestowing accolades & awards including ‘Revelation of the year’ in 2009, and ‘Best jazz artist of the year in 2012 and 2013’.

Musically, the group offer an intense exploration of familiar trends; from Coltrane and Wayne Shorter to Steve Lacy, Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor, by way of Hector Berlioz, Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg.

Emile Parisien (Sax)
Sylvain Darrifourcq (Drums)
Julien Touery (Piano)
Ivan Gélugne (Double bass)

“It’s edgy music from an original who deserves a bigger stage” John Fordham, The Guardian

Alexander Hawkins

Alexander Hawkins is a composer, pianist, organist, and bandleader who is ‘unlike anything else in modern creative music’ (Ni Kantu) and whose recent work has reached a ‘dazzling new apex’ (Downbeat). Self-taught, he works in a vast array of creative contexts. His own highly distinctive soundworld is forged through the search to reconcile both his love of free improvisation and profound fascination with composition and structure.

Latest album ‘Song Singular’ is out now on Babel records

Emile Parisien Quartet’s European tour is supported by Institut Français, Sacem, Spedidam, FCM, ADAMI.

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