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Sylvain Rifflet

Saxophonist, Clarinettist and French composer, graduated from the Conservatoire de Paris, Sylvain Rifflet is the winner of the competition of La Defense and has received several awards including a "victoire du jazz" and a "Django d’or". He has performed or recorded with many musicians, including some of the "must-see" performers on the European scene (Louis Sclavis, Aldo Romano, Michel Portal, Kenny Wheeler, Riccardo Del Fra ...) but also alongside American musicians such as Joey Baron, Jon Irabagon, Jon Hollenbeck, or Michael Formaneck ... Spearheading the young generation of jazz musicians from the first decade of the 21st century, he has collaborated with those who are today on the front of the European "new scene": Verneri Pohjola, Airelle Besson, Thomas de Pourquery , Alban Darche, Pascal Schumacher, Rembrandt Freirichs, Florian Weber, Eve Risser, Sébastien Boisseau, Henning Sieverts and Fred Pallem ..

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Jaco Parmentier

Jaco's universe is sewn together with limpid sources, subtle tastes, cinematographic landscapes, serenity and pure energy. A pianist who expresses himself with the spontaneity and freedom that is the essence of jazz, Jaco has always been influenced by many musical cultures (pop, progressive rock, classical and world music) as well as by the visual arts. (he regularly collaborates with artists coming from all walks of the performing arts and the cinema). He is an inspired composer developing a very personal style through his melodies and his rich harmonic, rhythmic climates.

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Jo Kaiat

Born in Nice in 1960, Jo Kaiat devotes himself to music, a territory whose limits are only those that man wants to give himself. His odyssey begins with jazz but, very quickly, the swing proves to be not enough to express all that is inside in him. He then turned to Bela Bartok, Olivier Messiaen, Stravinsky and the Impressionists. He spent his teenage years crunching chords in search of a mystery. At 18, he went to Paris. He stays there for five years, playing with Steve Potts, Oliver Johnson, Jean Jaques Avenel, Georges Brown, Jean Yves Colson, Jef Sicard… then he returned to Nice where he continued his musical activities with Barney Wilen, Bibi Rovere, Jack Sewing… With Jo Kaiat it is about travelling but travelling in depth, it is every time to try to make the tour of something

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Julie Slim

Julie is a multilingual, multicultural vocalist who sings in Arabic, French, English and Spanish. With a focus on world music, she performs in numerous groups including Layalina, the Austin Global Orchestra, and her own band, Rendez Vous. She currently lives in Austin, TX. Rendez Vous is Julie's most recent project, a collaborative quintet with Austin musicians, specializing in French, American and international standards from the 1020s to the 1960s. She is honored to feature special arrangements by jazz legend, Dr. James Polk. The band premiered in 2013 to a sold out house at Esquina Tango with Dr

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MarieVeronique Bourque

Marie-Véronique (MV) Bourque is a Saskatchewan artist who is not scared from stepping outside the normal path. Her French interpretation of jazz standards and original songs paired with a natural ability to adapt and perform in different genres makes her brand unique and coveted. To her credit, Marie-Véronique was a 2020 highlight artist at both the BOW 2020 and the Contact Ouest. She is the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts (Quarter Tones Flute Ensemble), the Saskatchewan Arts Board, SOCAN, and the Conseil Culturel Fransaskois. Marie-Véronique just finished the recording of two new jazz albums, to be released in 2021


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