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Celine Bonacina

Bonacina started learning music at the age of eight. She got classical saxophone lessons at various conservatories in Belfort, Besançon and Paris. Between 1996 and 1998, Bonacina played baritone saxophone in various jazz big bands in Paris. She then moved to Réunion, for seven years to teach saxophone at the Conservatoire National de Région During this time, she participated at numerous festivals in the Indien Oceans region. She was musically influenced of the inclusion of the living rhythms there, and this is reflected in her later compositions. Returning to Paris, her debut album Vue d'en Haut was released in 2005. Bonacina has collaborated with musicians such as the French pianist Laurent de Wilde, Cuban pianist Omar Sosa, vibraphonist Mike Mainieri, saxophonist Andy Sheppard and guitarists Yannick Robert and Nguyên Lê


Céline Bonacina, Keith Jarrett, Carla Marciano and More New Releases

Read "Céline Bonacina, Keith Jarrett, Carla Marciano and More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Another week repleate with deliciuos new releases, from those of European jazz queens Céline Bonacina, Yazz Ahmed and Carla Marciano, to the Pan-African manifesto of Russell Gunn's Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra, to the collaborative trios of Ben Perowsky—-John Medeski—Chris Speed, Zach Brock—Matt Ulery—Jon Deitemyer, and Alban Darche—Matthieu Donarier—Meivelyan Jacquot, not to mention the latest by Keith ...

Open Heart

Label: ACT Music
Released: 2013
Track listing: Souffle D'Un Songe; Circle Dance; Wild World; Bayrum; So Close So Far; Watch Your Step; Out Of Everywhere; Pierrot; Desert; Open Heart; Snap The Slap; Lonely Dancer.


Hrayr Attarian's Top Dozen with a Feminine Bend for 2013

Read "Hrayr Attarian's Top Dozen with a Feminine Bend for 2013" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Here is my top dozen for 2013 (with a feminine bent and in alphabetical order). Women remain unjustly underrepresented as instrumentalists in jazz. Hopefully these superb records will help improve that disparity by introducing listeners to these outstandingly creative artists and their stimulating work. Jamie Baum In This Life ...


Celine Bonacina Trio: Open Heart

Read "Open Heart" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The baritone saxophone is right at the heart of Céline Bonacina's Open Heart, her second album for ACT Music. This particular sax is too often consigned to the role of “rhythm saxophone," operating at the lower reaches of its register, with only a handful of players making full use of its potential. Bonacina, a French saxophonist ...

Way Of Life

Label: ACT Music
Released: 2010
Track listing: Zig Zag Blues; Course Pour Suite; Ra Bentr'ol; Wake Up; Free Woman; Travel Story; Ekena; Deep Red; RAB; Histoire De; Jungle; Entre Deux Reves; Toty Come Bach.


JazzFest Berlin 2010 Programme Available & Tickets On Sale

JazzFest Berlin 2010—Goes Europe! This year's edition of the Berlin Jazz Festival (JazzFest Berlin 2010) will take place from November 3 to 7. Artistic director Nils Landgren and the Berliner Festspiele treat you to a resounding jazz experience with 23 events, more than 30 jazz ensembles and roughly 250 musicians. The recent festival focusses on the ...


Celine Bonacina: Way Of Life

Read "Way Of Life" reviewed by Chris May

It may not approach the freak-show proportions of the bass saxophone Adrian Rollini popularized in the 1920s, but the baritone is still an impressive beast, one that has frequently been employed as much for its visual impact as for the notes it produces. Ever since Little Richard introduced the unwieldy instrument to his touring band in ...


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