Remy and Pascal Le Boeuf (saxophone and piano) are part of a growing New York jazz scene characterized by odd time signatures, alternative rock, and the influences of artists such as Radiohead, Brian Blade and Kurt Rosenwinkel. What makes the 23-year-old Le Boeuf Brothers sparkle among other young jazz musicians is their uncanny ability to communicate with each other using their own secret musical language. This isn't surprising when you discover that Pascal and Remy Le Boeuf are identical twins.
In their short musical career, the Le Boeuf Brothers (pronounced “le buff”) have garnered an impressive tally of national and international awards and accomplishments, the most notable being the ASCAP/IAJE Commission honoring Quincy Jones, which premiered at the 2004 IAJE conference and featured tenor saxophonist Chris Potter. The Le Boeuf Brothers have also received awards from Downbeat Magazine, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and dominated the 2006 Independent Music Awards, winning Best Jazz Album and Best Jazz Song for their prior release “Migration”. Most recently, the track “Code Word” on their new album “House Without A Door” received 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition.
Upon graduating from the Manhattan School of Music in 2007, Remy and Pascal made the difficult decision to separate for a year. Pascal explains, “we decided it would be best for the two of us to pursue our individual interests for a year and share our knowledge with each-other upon reuniting.” This gave Remy the opportunity to develop multiple projects incorporating 20th century classical composition, while allowing Pascal a chance to travel around the U.S. and Canada, writing and collaborating with various artists for a soon to be released rock/electronica album under the alias “iPascal”.
The Le Boeuf Brothers have since reunited to record their most recent album “House Without A Door.” Described by the New York Times as an “impressively self assured new album… which reaches for the gleaming cosmopolitanism of our present era.” “It showcases their evermore-confident composing. While half of the album features a tough, young rhythm section of their musical peers, the other half finds the twins keeping company with stellar New York cats like drummer Clarence Penn, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland.” (Monterey County Weekly).
Pascal describes ‘House without a Door’ as “an attempt to create the perfect balance between intellect and emotion. After spending time apart working on contemporary classical composition and rock/electronica individually, it made sense for us to combine forces on this album.” These influences shine on tracks such as Remy's “Tabula Rasa,” a thru-composed maze of colorful saxophone arpeggio's resembling Claude Debussy and Miguel Zenon, and Pascal's “Wetaskiwin,” a dreamlike hymn clearly influenced by Radiohead. “Our hope is that by connecting with our own personal emotions through music, we can connect with our audience.”