Take Five with Colin Vallon

Take Five with Colin Vallon
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Meet Colin Vallon:

After studying classical music for two years, Colin Vallon (born November 17 1980 in Lausanne) took classes with jazz pianist Marc Ueter at the age of fourteen. He enrolled at the Swiss Jazz School when he was 18, and studied with Silvano Bazan, William Evans Manuel Bærtsch and Bert Joris. In 1999, he founds the Colin Vallon Trio, which has played regularly ever since, in Switzerland and abroad ; in 2004 it released his debut-album Les Ombres. Ailleurs, the second album of the Colin Vallon Trio, with Patrice Moret on double-bass and Samuel Rohrer on drums, was published in 2007 on HatHut Records. In 2011, Rruga, the trio's third album is released on ECM Records.

As a piano soloist, Colin Vallon has won numerous prizes. In diverse projects, he has encountered musicians like Tyshawn Sorey
Tyshawn Sorey
Tyshawn Sorey
b.1980
drums
, Kurt Rosenwinkel
Kurt Rosenwinkel
Kurt Rosenwinkel
b.1970
guitar
, Kenny Wheeler
Kenny Wheeler
Kenny Wheeler
1930 - 2014
trumpet
, and Tom Harrell
Tom Harrell
Tom Harrell
b.1946
trumpet
, amongst many others.

Instrument(s):

Piano.

Teachers and/or influences? J.S Bach, Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
1917 - 1982
piano
, John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
, Miles Davis}}, Gyögy Ligeti, Balkan Folk music, Gagaku music, Thom Yorke, Christian Wallumrød, Björk, squeaking doors and the sound of falling snow...

I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I was 13. I discovered the freedom of improvisation and I couldn't live without it since then.

Your sound and approach to music: I am inspired by a lot of different music but also the sounds around me. I like all the sounds that I can hear and try not to put them in a hierarchy. I try to recreate some of these on the instrument using prepared piano techniques.

Your teaching approach: I try to teach them that music doesn't begins when you start playing but when you start listening.

Your dream band:

Patrice Moret on bass and Samuel Rohrer on drums.

Road story: Your best or worst experience: Once I played in a club full of people and nobody was listening. We played a blues and in my solo, I just played two notes over and over again for fifteen minutes until everybody was quiet. It's only at this moment that we realized that the radio was still on and playing house music...

The first Jazz album I bought was: Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett
b.1945
piano
, Eyes of the Heart, with Dewey Redman
Dewey Redman
Dewey Redman
b.1931
sax, tenor
, Charlie Haden
Charlie Haden
Charlie Haden
1937 - 2014
bass, acoustic
and Paul Motian
Paul Motian
Paul Motian
1931 - 2011
drums
.

CDs you are listening to now: Thom Yorke, The Eraser (XL Recordings); Christian Wallumrød , The Zoo is Far (ECM); James Blake, James Blake (AM); Dan Weiss
Dan Weiss
Dan Weiss

drums
Trio, Timshell (Sunnyside);
Hariprasad Chaurasia/Indira Kalyan, Bansuri Music.

Desert Island picks: John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
, Crescent (Impulse!); Radiohead, In Rainbows (XL); J.S. Bach/Glenn Gould, Art of Fugue (Columbia); Miles Davis, Nefertiti (Columbia);
Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares Vol. 2(Disques Cellie).

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a: I would be dead, probably.


Photo Credit
Courtesy of Colin Vallon
Colin Vallon
Colin Vallon
b.1980
piano

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