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Antonin Gerbal

Drummer, improviser and composer based in Paris. Active in bands like [Ahmed] with Pat Thomas, Seymour Wright and Joel Grip ; [Ism] with Pat Thomas and Joel Grip ; Sbatax with Bertrand Denzler ; large ensembles like Umlaut Big Band or ONCEIM. As an eclectic musician, Antonin Gerbal has developed a singular approach to rhythms and sound - questioning the unity of the drums in the first swing orchestras, bebop, free jazz and in the fields of contemporary improvised, composed and experimental musics. He has collaborated with Alexander Von Schlippenbach, Éliane Radigue, Peter Ablinger, Evan Parker, John Tilbury, Stephen O’Malley, Jim O'Rourke, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Seijiro Murayama or Axel Dörner.

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Article: Live Review

Jazz em Agosto 2022

Read "Jazz em Agosto 2022" reviewed by Stefano Merighi


Jazz em Agosto Fondazione Gulbenkian -Varie sedi Lisbona, Portogallo 30.7-7.8.2022 L'ultima edizione di Jazz em Agosto conferma il fiuto infallibile della direzione artistica per ciò che profuma di nuovo nelle musiche contemporanee afferenti al jazz. Vi sono larghi mezzi qui, che permettono di invitare appositamente artisti non necessariamente in ...

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Japanese Flower

Label: Umlaut Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Dahlia; Tomato.

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Nights on Saturn (communication)

Label: Astral Spirits
Released: 2021
Track listing: Nights on Saturn (communication).

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Article: Album Review

اسم [Ism]: Japanese Flower

Read "Japanese Flower" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The trio اسم [Ism] is comprised of pianist Pat Thomas, bassist Joel Grip and drummer Antonin Gerbal. Japanese Flower by the trio is the second release from a 2018 recording session from Knuttal House in Tokyo, Japan. It is the trio's third release and it follows Metaphor (2019) and إنتقام الطبيعة اسبب تعقدها = Nature In ...

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Article: Live Review

Moers Festival 2021

Read "Moers Festival 2021" reviewed by Martin Longley


Moers Festival Eventhalle/Rodelberg Moers, Germany May 21-24 2021 Just a few days before the start of this 50th anniversary festival, the local governmental authorities suddenly switched their virus regulations, allowing a crowd of 500 to attend each evening's outdoor park gig on the Rodelberg stage. During the daytimes, ...

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Article: Festivals Talking

Moers Festival Interviews: Pat Thomas

Read "Moers Festival Interviews: Pat Thomas" reviewed by Martin Longley


In 2020, the Moers Festival in Germany presented one of the first full post-lockdown events, with its performers physically in place, and its four-day programme resolutely running in the accustomed Eventhalle venue. There was a stage at each end of this cavernous space, with the French-German Arte television crew filming for broadcast on its channel, as ...

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Sbatax

Label: Umlaut Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Sbatax

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Article: Album Review

Bertrand Denzler / Antonin Gerbal: Sbatax

Read "Sbatax" reviewed by Mark Corroto


With six and one-half minutes remaining in this single thirty-eight minute live tenor saxophone/drums recording, an audience member at a club in Berlin begins howling. Listeners to this recording will probably be saying to themselves, “where have you been? I've been shouting encouragement since I pressed play!" It's that kind of record. The two ...

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Article: Album Review

[Ahmed]: Super Majnoon (East Meets West)

Read "Super Majnoon (East Meets West)" reviewed by John Sharpe


It's well known that artistic constraints can in fact aid creativity, but few have put the theory into such good practice as [Ahmed]. The international co-operative of improvisers, comprising the British pair of pianist Pat Thomas and saxophonist Seymour Wright, Berlin-based Swedish bassist Joel Grip and French drummer Antonin Gerbal, takes as its unlikely premise the ...


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