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EYM Trio Featuring Vocalist Varijashree Venugopal Begin World Tour With New Release!

When things are simple, when the music doesn’t need to be discussed, when it springs forth spontaneously as if to sublimate an already existing painting.
—Elie Dufour
EYM Trio
If there was one word to describe the creative process behind this album, it would be spontaneity. It was born on stage, motivated by a request from the audience, in a natural impulse. “There are times when you meet someone who knows how to take your music down uncharted paths, where everything becomes possible. Such is the case with Varijashree Venugopal,” says Elie Dufour.

The album Bangalore, was recorded under live conditions, in just one afternoon. Only one take was needed for each track, and no alterations were made to keep it true to the band’s live sound. Bangalore is a “small town of 14 million inhabitants in the South Indian state of Karnataka*. This is where the trio of Élie, Yann and Marc (EYM) met Varijashree. It’s a town with which the band retains a particularly strong bond after years of touring.

EYM Trio’s ability to travel the world and soak up the music they discover feeds an open-ended game. Varijashree knew how to play Carnatic** music even before she could walk. She then developed a passion for Western music and jazz. “That’s the kind of collaboration we’re all looking for in our lives as musicians.

This album is a crossroads between jazz and Carnatic music, blurring the boundaries between the two worlds. Like a kapla structure, the trio’s pieces are deconstructed to be rebuilt in new ways. Only the title track, Jagadoddarana, is taken from the traditional Carnatic repertoire.

*State in southwestern India, with Bangalore as its capital
**Classical music from South India

Tour Dates

Sat, June 22 at 8:30pm

JetLAG Festival
Downsville, NY

Thu, June 27 at 8:30pm

Villa Albertine
Washington, DC

Fri, June 28 at 8:30pm

New York, NY

Sun, June 30 at 8:00pm

Festival De Jazz De Québec
Québec, Canada

Mon, July 8 at 7:00pm

Jazz à Vienne
Vienne, France

Tue, July 16 at 8:30pm

The Bird's Eye Jazz Club
Basel, Switzerland

Wed, July 17 at 7:00pm

The Bird's Eye Jazz Club
Basel, Switzerland

Fri, July 19 at 8:30pm

Festival Vochora
Tournon, France

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Track Listing

No Madness; Borders; Song For Anilou; Bangalore; Jagadoddarana; I'm Travelling Alone; Emile; Namaste!.


EYM Trio
band / ensemble / orchestra
Yann Phayphet
bass, acoustic
Additional Instrumentation

Varijashree Venugopal: flute.

Album information

Title: Bangalore | Year Released: 2023 | Record Label: Self Produced


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