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Hot on the heels of Dutchman Ernst Reijseger, another two exponents of the prominence of European improvisation appear among the events on offer at the Accademia Carrara. Louis Sclavis and Vincent Courtois are the best example of the concept of “French jazz”, which is nourished by underground and popular music, throwing jazz language into the mix. The two musicians, born and bred in Lyons and Paris, respectively, have been playing together since 1990 and, after collaborating in different combinations, formed a trio with the violinist Dominique Pifarely, with whom they recently recorded the album Asian Fields Variations on the ECM label.
Louis Sclavis’ activity has been intense since the mid-Eighties, including albums with various groups, as well as soundtracks and numerous concerts. Alongside his countryman, Michel Portal, and a few others, he is one of the greatest bass clarinet specialists.
Vincent Courtois has followed an unorthodox path for a cellist, studying at a conservatoire before going on to perform improvisational music. However, it has been a natural convergence that fully expresses his particular brand of musicality.

In collaboration with the FONDAZIONE ACCADEMIA CARRARA