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Bruno Tocanne

"For the past 30 years , musician, teacher and activist Bruno Tocanne has been a catalyst for improvised music, bringing together some of the most creative musicians on the French and International scenes. Bruno's travels around the globe have resulted in musical encounters with Dave BURELL (USA) Steve POTTS (USA), Yuri KUSNETSOV (Ukraine), Vladimir VOLKOV (Russia), Russ JOHNSON (USA), Jean VANASSE (Canada),Quinsin NACHOFF (Canada), Itaru OKI (Japan), Tom WALSH (Canada), Michael BATES (USA), Louis SCLAVIS(France), Daniel ERDMANN, Robin FINCKER, Russ LOSSING (USA)

Current Projects (2021)

. Bruno Tocanne - Didier Freboeuf "Ca n'empêche pas le vacarme"

. Bruno Tocanne - Alain Blesing "L'impermanence du doute"

Previous projects (2000/2020)

. Bruno Tocanne "Sea Song(e)s" with Sophia Domancich, Antoine Läng and Rémi Gaudillat

. Bruno Tocanne - Bernard Santacruz imuzzic Grand(s) ensemble "Over The Hills"

. Bruno Tocanne "In a suggestive way" / Dedicated to Paul Motian

. I.overdrive trio and Marcel Kanche "Et vint un mec d'outre saison" / Tribute to Léo Ferré

. "Libre Ensemble" : Fred Roudet, Philippe Gordiani, Fred Meyer, Rémi Gaudillat, Benoît Keller, Damien Sabatier

. "I.Overdrive Trio" / A tribute to Syd Barrett

. "Mad Kluster" : Alain Blesing, Bruno Tocanne, Fred Roudet, Benoît Keller

. "imuZZic network collective"

About Bruno Tocanne

Born in Paris in 1955, he began his studies in drums with the drummer Jean Louis Méchali,jazz an improvisation in the Manuel Villaroel and Steve Lacy workshops

80s / Numerous pop-rock groups. Among them, Dider Thibaut’ “Moving“, then played regularly with jazz musicians like Laurent Cugny, Serge Lazarevitch, Jean Phillipe Viret, Michel Bénita, Serge Adam, Michel Saulnier...

Toured Europe and Canada with “L’Orchestre Sympathique de Montréal” (Jean Vanasse, Michel Saulnier, François Richard)

90s / Toured and recorded "Hors Serie" with Sophia Domancich, Phillipe Sellam and Michel Saulnier, then with the Sophia Domancich Trio with Paul Rogers, featuring John Greaves...

- Bruno Tocanne Reunion which brought together Laurent Dehor, Malo Vallois, Daniel Casimir, Patrick Fradet...

- Co-founded “Polysons“ collective with Jean-Remy Guédon and Serge Adam and then played w/ Antoine Hervé, Renaud Garcia- Fons...

2000s / - Residency at Agapes - Lyon with Catherine Delaunay, they host guest artists like Louis Sclavis, Denis Badault, Alain Blesing, Regis Huby, Emmanuel Bex, Lucia Recio, Serge Lazarevitch...

- Recorded in duet with Catherine Delaunay and began a series of concerts that insclued tours in Japan, Ukraine, Poland and Canada.

- Founded the imuZZic network collective in 2000 who host guest artists like Louis Sclavis, Russ Johnson, Sophia Domancich, Xavier Garcia, Fred Roudet, ,Michael Bates, Samuel Blaser...

- Formed Trio Resistances with Lionel Martin and Benoit Keller. 3 albums, the two laters signed to Cristal Records.

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"A munificent, subtle and lavish drummer !" Jazz Magazine

"For all those who doubt the benefits of freedom in music, Bruno Tocanne sends a musical message full of rich nuances..." Drums Magazine

“Bruno Tocanne is to his drums and cymbals what a japanese calligrpaher is to his art....” Liberation

“A catalyst of ideas and emotions, developing ideas on the drumkit through generosity” France Musique

"The unbridled power of Tocanne’s drumming manages..." Whole Note 2009

Primary Instrument


Willing to teach

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Charlie Haden
bass, acoustic


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Bruno Tocanne "Sea...

Musea Records


Bruno Tocanne "Sea...

Cristal Records



Instant Musics Records


Bruno Tocanne "In a...

Instant Musics Records


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