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Didier Verna

Born in 1970, Didier Verna gets quickly involved in music, since he enters conservatory at the age of 5 and studies music theory for 2 years. At the age of 7, he starts learning classical percussions while continuing his theoretical studies; an opportunity for him to discover group playing and enjoy his first on-stage experiences. From this first instrumental contact with music, he will keep a sense and love for rhythm that can be heard very clearly in his playing, whether in composition or in improvisation.

At the age of 9, bored with playing without interruption the « Bolero de Ravel » on a plastic pad in order not to upset the neighborhood, he decides to try classical piano, which he will be practising for 2 years. Despite the desperate efforts of his teacher to interest him in the exclusive and daily practise of the major scale in all possible keys, he decides to change instrument, and tries classical guitar at the age of 11.

While he likes the instrument itself, he hardly feels any interest for the repertoire, most notably given the fact that as a music listener, he is a fan of Trust, Scorpion, AC/DC, Iron Maiden and other hard rock bands whose sound he completely fails to reproduce with nylon strings. He then turns to another teacher and another, younger, guitar repertoire, and at the age of 13, he discovers the richness and complexity of Marcel Dadi's picking, along with a whole folk and blues world that he starts to like. His relationship with the guitar also tightens at that time.

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* In the early Scofield Dept... — All About Jazz
* A force of Nature. — All About Jazz
* Metheny-esque, compromising, intellectual, non-rigorous with a superb technique. — eJazzNews
* Pat Metheny's roundness of sound and limpidity of phrases. — Citizen Jazz
* I hear a well articulated playing, in the tradition, masterized. — Alex Duthil, JazzMan
* Some beautiful Jazz Guitar. — Antoine Hervé
* Nice sounds, great playing! — Greg Lyons
* Great quality Jazz music. — Yves Carbonne
* You have a neat touch and a very limpid playing. — Sébastien Charlier
* Your playing reminds me of Jimmy Raney's which I love for its fluidity and its obviousness

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Mike Stern
guitar, electric
Michael Brecker
saxophone, tenor
Bobby McFerrin
voice / vocals
Pat Metheny
Weather Report



¡En Seguida!

DVL Records


Roots And Leaves

Plaza Mayor


Roots And Leaves

Self Produced


Roots and Leaves

DVL Records



DVL Records


¡En Seguida!

From: ¡En Seguida!
By Didier Verna


From: Roots And Leaves
By Didier Verna



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