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Participants

Claire Michael Group "Elixir"Grzegorz Karnas's "Dreams" Project
"Djabe"  GroupAlexander Oseychuk - Janna Ilmer Quintet (Russia)
Mark Turner & Alexander Mashin GroupZJAZZ Quartet

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The next, the third in a row Baku International Jazz Festival was held from the 7th of June 2007 to the 14th. As in the past years the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Azerbaijan, Friends of Azerbaijan Culture Foundation and Baku Jazz Center were the organizers of the Festival...>>>

Participants

Claire Michael Group "Elixir" (France)

Claire Michael Group "Elixir"

http://www.myspace.com/clairemichaelgroup

Claire Michael (saxophones, flute, vocals)
Jean-Michel Vallet (piano, computer),
Patrick Chartol (bass guitar)
Thierry Le Gall (drums)

This new quartet led by talented saxophonist Claire Michael, discovered by violinist Didier Lockwood, plays originally, expertly measured music that is a blend of sophisticated jazz and the intelligent, subtle use of modern technology.
The Jazz au féminin theme of this year's Des Rives & Des Notes festival will find full expression in the care of this performer who is not only a poly-instrumentalist (soprano, alto and tenor saxes, and flute) but also an accomplished singer.
"Claire Michael is one of our saxophone-playing discoveries from both male and female ranks. Her sound is pure and very tender on the soprano, with delicate charming phrasing that she releases like well-worn perfume" (Jazz Hot, 2005).
You have it a nutshell - take a pinch of electro, a dash of machines in symbiosis with the instruments, a clutch of high class musicians, reams of music infused with rich and varied influences… and Claire Michael’s delightful voice.
Didier Lockwood says, "Don't miss out on this group". As the advice comes from him, you had better take it up and come. .

Recordings:
Absolutely funk (2007 / Encore Merci)
Elixir (2005 / Nocturne)
Lady Jazz (2005 / Ax's Music)
Emotional (2004 / Night Bird )
Mach 6 ( 2003 / MC Solaar )
Nu jazz in Paris (2003 / Ax's Music)

Claire Michael

Composition, instruments : tenor, soprano, alto, sax, flute and singer,

1990

Creation of "Laeta" group: several concerts in France and in foreign countries (festival Jazz in Tourraine ,Montauban, Marciac, Geneve, Turkey, Autria..)
And clubs (New Morning, Sunset, Duc des Lombards, Petit Journal, Porgy & Bess, in Vien).
Recordings of the albums "Blue girl" ,"Blue Days" (Blue SIlver Sony)
At the same time Claire works with the director Claude Confortès.
She preforms with Paco Sery in 1997.
She composes and registers 4 albums with Francis and Didier Lockwood for the label "Vox Terrae". She joins J.Higelin in a big show for the homeless at the Cirque d'Hiver (Winter Circus of Paris) in 1997.

2000 to 2003

Creation of the "COLLECTIF" with brazilian trombonist Raul de Souza, Patrick Chartol, Jean Michel Vallet and Thierry Le Gall Realisation of the album "ELIXIR" for the label "Nocturne" in 2005 and "Tratore" in Brazil, tour in France and foreign countries (Vien, Paris jazz festival, parisien clubs: Sunset, Duc des Lombards, Réservoir, Cithéa etc...)
Takes place to the recording of a live DVD in 2004 with Richard Bohringer and the Reunionian group ZISKAKAN in Casino de Paris.
Tour in Reunion.
Plays in the last MC Solaar album.
Creation of the group "AFTER IN PARIS" with Jean-Michel Vallet and Patrick Chartol, recording of the album "Emotional" (electro jazz) for Jean Jacques Pussiau’s label "Night bird" distributed by Harmonia Mundi.

2004 to 2007

Works on the second "AFTER in PARIS" album . PAOLO FRESU and DAVE LIEBMAN are also taking place in the second album of the group AFTER IN PARIS.
She composes for the cinema: "Comme on était avant", "Nationale",
And the turkish film "SANS KAPIYI KIRINCA".
She also composes for TV and radio (editions F. Leibovitz, Zomba records, Encore Merci, Ax's Music).

Tour in Brazil in 2005 and 2006, for the promotion of the album ELIXIR with Raul de Souza, JM Vallet, Patrick Chartol , Thierry Legall.
Internatonal Jazz Festival of BELORIZONTE (Sao Paulo) and concert with Tonino Horta
International festival of Serra da Capivera
Revelation of the year 2005 by Braziliaan press.
Second best soprano saxophonist 2005 after Dave Liebman
2006 15 days tour in Brazil. Final concert as guest star of the OURO PRETO TUDO E JAZZ festival (Kurt Elling, Richard Galiano)
2006 JAZZ EN TOURAINE
2007 OLORON JAZZ FESTIVAL ( Garcia Fons)
2007 BAKU JAZZ FESTIVAL (Billy Cobham, Aziza Mustafazadeh)

Men and women categories combined Claire Michael is one of our discovery in the sax. A pure and very soft sound with the soprano sax, A phrasing delicate and full of charm, wich releases a parfume of nostalgy" (JAZZ HOT juillet 2005)
"One can characterize Claire Michael style as "shorteian" and "coltranian", a serene play with a smoothe aerial atmosphere." (LES DERNIERES NOUVELLES DU JAZZ dec 2006)
"Claire Michael style is "shorterian" aerial and controlled. Her play perfectelly matches Raul de Souza ones, which is full of a dazzling joy and smothness. They both offer us a very sensual, velvety and smooth sound. (BLUES AGAIN dec 2006)
"Claire Michael composes,sings and play the tenor, alto and soprano saxophone, as well as the flute. She shows a remarkable deepness and sensisitivity" (JAZZ HOT nov 2004)

Discography:
1993: Blue GIrl
1994: Terra Incognita
1997: Acid Urban Jazz.(encore merci)
1998: Blue Days (Musea Fnac )
1999: Kama ( Vox Terrae)
1999: Aurores (Vox Terrae)
2000: Blue Jazz ( Zomba Records)
2000: Nu jazz (Zomba/BMG)
2000: Nu Sonic (Zomba/ BMG)
2000: World Music Drama ( Musique et Music)
2001: New age of reason ( Vox Terrae)
2002: Chemins d'étoiles (vox Terrae)
2003: Californian groove( Ax's Music)
2003: Nu jazz in Paris ( Ax's Music)
2003: Mach 6 ( MC Solaar )
2004: "Emotional" ( Night Bird )
2004: Ziskakan "Live au casino de Paris" (dvd Warner)
2005: ELIXIR (Nocturne)
2005: Lady Jazz (Ax's Music)
2005: Jazz now (Encore Merci )
2006: Johnny Lounge ( Warner )
2006: Electric Jungle2 ( Ax's Music)
2007: Absolutely funk (Encore Merci)

Filmography:
Nationale (film Arte / réal : Alix Barbey)
Sans Kapiyi Kirinca (Tayfun Guneyer)
Comme on était avant ( film Arte / réal: Nora Kaci )

Jean-Michel Vallet

Composition, arrangements and programing
Instruments: piano,Fender rhodes, computer
Starts sudying the piano at the age of 11.

1970 to 1980

Creation of the progressif group "EOL" (Rock & Folk tours).
Composition of the feature film: Suzanne et les deux vieillards (réal : Hong – Japon) and performed by the Opera of Paris orchestra.
He studies during 3 years the musicotherapy at the Paris 8 university of Paris.

1980 to 1990

Senior lecturer at Sorbonne University, he works with Jean Pomares on John Cage He performs with the dansers of the conservatory of Asnieres and during the nights he works in clubs . He meets Claude Nougaro He records 3 solo albums at Marouani.
First meeting with Gainbourg during a Radio France program.
Peter BROOK discovers Vallet’s "Concerto pour Basse-cour", and introduces him at IRCAM (Institute for music/acoustic research and coordination whose first director was the composer and conductor Pierre Boulez. At IRCAM Jean-Michel discovers contempory music. He works with saxophonist Steve Lacy.
He developpes a prototyp MS 20s syntetiser as a sound designer..
Works as pianist in several studios (Artistic Palace, Marcadet . Ref : G Lenorman ,P Sébastien).
He is involved in the Punk Alternatif trend with the Hara Kiri team( Professeur Choron, Cavanna,Gogol 1er).
At the same time he studies the jazz harmony with Bernard Maury et M. Sardaby
He plays with Maxime Saury and Bobby Watson.
He teaches jazz during 3 years in Toulouse.

1990 to 2000

Creation of the electro-jazz group "Laeta", with Claire Michael later joined by Raul de Souza, Thierry Le Gall and Patrick Chartol) Several concerts in France and abroad (festivals Jazz en tourraine, Montauban, Marciac, Genève, Turkey etc...) and clubs (New Morning, Sunset, Duc des Lombards, Petit Journal etc.....).
Recordings of the albums "Blue Girl" and "Blue Days"( blue Silver-Sony ).
At the same time he composes the music for the theater play Les Olympiennes by Claude Confortes, Theâtre du Rond point des Champs Elysées).
Recordings of 2 albums for "UMAN"(Label californien 6°).
Plays with Paco Sery in Alain- Roland Gil group (New Morning)
Together with Francis and Didier LOCKWOOD , composes and records 4 albums for "Vox Terrae" label,
Creation and recording of an album for Roland Agret "TF1 Gerard Louvin".

2000 to 2003

Creation of the "Collectif" with trombonist Raul de Souza, Claire Michael, Patrick Chartol and Thierry Le Gall. Réalisation of an album.
Tour in France and abroad (Vien, festival Jazz à la Réunion, festival de jazz de Paris, and clubs in Paris : Sunset, Duc des lombards , Réservoir, Cithea etc...).
Recording of a live concert (DVD) with RICHARD BOHRINGER and Ziskakan in Casino de Paris.
Original creation (music, and video) at Montansier theater of Versailles together with Didier and Francis Lockwood, the "Collectif",Dj Azziz, Illicite Dance, video j (vj ) Patrick Chartol.
Works on a Serge GAINSBOURG remix for the label "Next music".
Composes the music of the film "Comme on était avant" for Arte.
Creation of the group "After in Paris" with Claire Michael and Patrick Chartol, recording of the album de l’album "Emotional" for Jean Jacques Pussiau’s label "Night bird". He now works on a album with Claire Michael and Patrick Chartol together with Dave Liebman and Paolo Fresu.

2004 to 2007

2005 one month tour in Brazil with CLAIRE MICHAEL AND RAUL DE SOUZA GROUP.
Internatonal Jazz Festival of BELORIZONTE (Sao Paulo) and concert with Tonino Horta International festival of Serra da Capivera
He receives the award of the best pianist 2005 from the Brazilian press
2006 15 days tour in Brazil. Final concert as guest star of the OURO PRETO TUDO E JAZZ festival (Kurt Elling, Richard Galiano)
2006 JAZZ EN TOURAINE
2007 OLORON JAZZ FESTIVAL (Garcia Fons)
2007 BAKU JAZZ FESTIVAL (Billy Cobham, Aziza Mustafazadeh)
Composition and arangements for Johnny Halliday (Johnny lounge album)
He now works with Claire Michael and Patrick Chartol on a album with Claude CONFORTES’ poems
He now works on the second album of AFTER IN PARIS group with Claire Michael and Patrick Chartol together with DAVE LIEBMAN and PAOLO FRESU.

Discography:
More than 400 compositions for tv and radio (ed: F.Leibovitz, Zomba records, Encore Merci, Kapagama).
1985: Piano solo 1,2,3 (Petit prince/Marouani)
1992: Maria Ditz (Polygram)
1993: Blue girl (Blue silver sony)
1994: Terra incognita (Uman Polygram)
1997: Acid Urban Music (Encore merci éditions)
1998: Blue Days (Musea – Fnac)
1999: Kama (Vox terrae)
1999: Aurores(Vox terrae)
1999: Purple passage (Uman 6°)
2000: Blue Jazz (Zomba record)
2000: Nu Jazz (Zomba/BMG)
2000: Nu sonic (Zomba/BMG)
2000: World Music Drama (Musique & music)
2001: new age of reason (Vox terrae)
2002: Chemins d'étoiles (Vox terrae)
2003: Californian groove (Ax’s music)
2003: Nu Jazz in Paris (Ax’s music)
2004: Zizkakan "Live au casino" (dvd warner)
2004: Emotional After in Paris (Night bird)
2005: ELIXIR (Nocturne)
2005: Lady Jazz (Ax's Music)
2005: Jazz now (Encore Merci )
2006: Johnny Lounge ( Warner )
2006: Electric Jungle2 ( Ax's Music)
2007: Absolutely funk (Encore Merci)

Filmography:
Nationale (film Arte / réal : Alix Barbey)
Sans Kapiyi Kirinca (Tayfun Guneyer)
Comme on était avant ( film Arte / réal: Nora Kaci )
Suzanne et les deux vieillards (réal : Hong – Japon)

Patrick Chartol

Composition, arrangements and programming
Instruments: bass and fretless bass, keyboards, percussions, wave drum, computer.

1990 to 1996

Patrick starts to play the bass at the age of 13. Besides a classical formation, a first Prize in Excellence for the bass at the conservatory , Chartol also studies jazz.(piano and the harmony.) He also studies composition at the CIM and at the American school of Jazz of Paris. At last he studies double bass at the conservatory of Meudon et de Marly le Roi.
He is member of the jazz big Band of the C.I.M
Works as a bassist at studio Fremontel in Evreux.
Takes part of several groups (Coda Combo, R.N.R.C.B, Taxi collectif …) Several concerts in Paris (New Morning, Baiser salé, Sunset, Balajo, Excalibur,) and abroad (Germany, Maroco, Israël, Turkey, West Indies).
He records for CLAUDE BARTHELEMY (director of the national orchestra of jazz 1989-1990) WILLIAM SHELLER, et more recentely for MC SOLAR (Mach 6) et RAY LEMA (Fatou la Malienne).
He composes music for television, radio and contempory dance in France and abroad, (Zig-Zag ,Aqua Tinta, Bruno Gentil companies…).
He teaches the bass at Ecole Polytechnique.

1997 to 2002

In 1997 he leaves France and settles in Turkey.
He starts composing and performing electronic music. He does live electro remix in Istanbul particularly with LACO TAYFA (BROOKLYN FUNK ESSENTIAL/ Double Moon). Records in Roumania a live dvd/cd with TARAF DE HAIDOUK (Band of Gypsies / Crammed disc). He joins the very popular expérimental rock group NEKROPSI. In Istanbul Nekropsi oppened for the concert of Jimmy Page & Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) and also later for Alanis Morisette. They take part of the festival of Istanbul and to the third J & B techno festival. In France they perform at the MIMI avangard music festival of Arles.
Release of his first solo album called TEKNIKOLOR in 1999.
He composes, arranges and realizes the turkish singer UMAY UMAY’s last record,that received the best pop album award 2002 from the turkish press.
He plays on "Kafi", the album of the guitarist AKIN ELDES with CEM AKSELon drums.
He creates the group "RONG DONU" with 6 gipsy musicians and a indin singer They perform in several clubs in Istanbul (Babylon, Shaman…).

2002 to 2007

Plays in the last MC Solaar album.
Creation of the group "AFTER IN PARIS" with Jean-Michel Vallet and Claire Michael Chartol, recording of the album "Emotional" (electro jazz) for Jean Jacques Pussiau’s label "Night bird" distributed by Harmonia Mundi.
Works on the second "AFTER in PARIS" album . PAOLO FRESU and DAVE LIEBMAN are also taking place in the second album of the group AFTER IN PARIS.
He composes for the cinema: " Nationale" and "Emmenez-moi", and the turkish film "SANS KAPIYI KIRINCA".
He also composes for TV and radio( editions F. Leibovitz, Zomba records, Encore Merci, Ax's Music.).
Tour in Brazil in 2005 and 2006, for the promotion of the album ELIXIR with Raul de Souza, Claire Michael, JM Vallet, Thierry Legall.
Internatonal Jazz Festival of BELORIZONTE (Sao Paulo) and concert with Tonino Horta
International festival of Serra da Capivera
2006 15 days tour in Brazil. Final concert as guest star of the OURO PRETO TUDO E JAZZ festival (Kurt Elling, Richard Galiano)
2006 JAZZ EN TOURAINE
2007 OLORON JAZZ FESTIVAL ( Garcia Fons)
2007 BAKU JAZZ FESTIVAL (Billy Cobham, Aziza Mustafazadeh)

Mark Sander (about TEKNIKOLOR)
"A surprising and puzzling record.With many diverse inspirations. A timeless and original musical travel mixing progressive inspirations with classical music (influences of Fauré, Ravel) and a few touches of world music (…) the voices used as instruments are shaping a brand new musical world, personnal, very subjective and dream-like, melodious and fascinating".
"Nekropsi turkish quintet that makes a new encounter between rock and oriental harmonies efficient (…) To a rythmic mecanic without rigidity is added interlaced guitares and synthetic voices which carries the nostalgic frechness of a certain psychadelism." (Alain Siclier LE MONDE juillet 1999).
"Icon of the renewal of turkish music (…) the harmonies are so broken and painfull that they lead to a perfect melody." (LIBERATION juillet 1999).

Discography:
2007: Absolutely funk (Encore Merci)
2006 : Johnny Lounge (Warner)
2005: Lady Jazz
2004: After in Paris (Night bird)
2004: Mach 6 * (MC Solaar)
2003: Music from Istanbul (Chappell)
2003: Oriental flavours (Editions encore merci) prix du meilleur album d’Illustration musicale par l’APRIM (association des Producteurs d’Illustration Musicale)
2002: Kafi * (Akin Eldes/Pb music)
2002: Agzi bozuk ask mektubu (Umay Umay/Etno muzik)
2002: Modern drama (Zomba/BMG)
2002: Nu jazz in Paris (Ax 's music)
2001: Electric & Acoustic bass (soundscan vol 6 / Universal soundbank )
2000: Dreamscape (Zomba/BMG)
2000: New age of reason *(Lockwood & Vallet/vox terrae)
2000: The bouncers (Zomba/BMG)
1999: Teknikolor (Musea records)
1999: Aksi istikamet (Kod muzik)
1995: Rêve/Dream/Traum/Sogno (Laurent Saiet/label Trace)

Filmograpgy:
Ilgisiz (Nur Akalin)
Oreiller d'herbe (Nicolas Worms et Valerie Archeneau)
Rock & Roll control (Frederic Saurel)
Nationale (Alix Barbey)
Sans Kapiyi Kirinca (Tayfun Guneyer)
Emmenez-moi (staring Charles Aznavour)

Thierry Le Gall

Composition. Instruments : drums, percussions, électro-pad.

Since 20 years, Thierry Le Gall évolue in different musical styles, jazz, funk, drum & bass. He creates his own sounds (drums and electronic elements) and practices a unique play full of creativity and generosity.
Thierry Le Gall worked several years for Canal + for the programs "Nulle part ailleurs" and "Taratata"..
Several studio recordings and tours with different groups.
In 2001 he joins Laeta group later called Collectif and then CLAIRE MICHAE & RAUL DE SOUZA GROUP
Tour in France and abroad (Vien, festival Jazz à la Réunion, Paris Jazz festival and clubs in Paris: Sunset, Duc des lombards , Réservoir, Cithea etc...).
Drummer for the recording of a live concert (DVD) with RICHARD BOHRINGER and Ziskakan in Casino de Paris.
Tour in Reunion.
2005 one month tour in Brazil with CLAIRE MICHAEL AND RAUL DE SOUZA GROUP.
Internatonal Jazz Festival of BELORIZONTE (Sao Paulo) and concert with Tonino Horta.
International festival of Serra da Capivera.
2006 15 days tour in Brazil. Final concert as guest star of the OURO PRETO TUDO E JAZZ festival (Kurt Elling, Richard Galiano)
2006 JAZZ EN TOURAINE.
2007 OLORON JAZZ FESTIVAL (Garcia Fons).
2007 BAKU JAZZ FESTIVAL (Billy Cobham, Aziza Mustafazadeh).

Discography
2007: Absolutely funk (Encore Merci)
2006: Johnny Lounge (Warner)
2004: Ziskakan "Live au casino de Paris" (dvd Warner)
2005: ELIXIR (Nocturne)
2002: Modern drama (Zomba/BMG)
2002: Nu jazz in Paris (Ax 's music)
2000: Dreamscape (Zomba/BMG)
2000: The bouncers (Zomba/BMG)
1999: Blue fever

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