LOVE OF LIFE

Vincent Courtois

Daniel Erdmann

Robin Fincker

« LOVE OF LIFE »

repertoire inspired by the work of Jack London

répertoire inspiré par l’oeuvre de Jack London

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I discovered Jack London fairly recently – in August 2016: first “South Sea Tales” then the seminal, indispensable “Martin Eden”.This dense, semi autobiographical work, so powerful so rich, has been by my side ever since. In my daily life, a companion on my travels and an inspiration to my music. That’s where I see Jack London’s real force as being: an intimate sensitive ability to reach into our lives with his own, to become the friend, brother, comrade in whose company each day brings a new story. Love of life, The road, To Build a Fire, The Sea Wolf, The Dream of Debs, Goliath, or The South of Slot – all these novels,  short stories and  collections have directly inspired a new repertoire, created to celebrate the 7th anniversary of my trio – giving it, in turn, the opportunity and the pleasure of telling stories and sharing emotions. (Vincent Courtois)
J’ai découvert  Jack London assez tard, en automne 2016 : d’abord, les  » Chroniques des mers du Sud »  puis l’initiatique et incontournable   » Martin Eden » . L’oeuvre dense et souvent autobiographique de cet écrivain américain, si riche et si puissante, n’a alors cessé de me suivre d’accompagner mon quotidien, mes voyages et donc la musique que je joue. C’est bien là, j’imagine, la véritable force de Jack London : une sensible et intime faculté d’avec  ses vies de rencontrer la nôtre, de devenir cet ami, cet ancêtre éloigné, ce frangin, ce camarade de qui chaque jour on attend de nouveaux récits. Love of life,  The road, To build a fire, The sea wolf, The dream of debs, Goliah, ou The south of slot, autant de nouvelles, romans et recueils qui ont inspiré directement un nouveau répertoire pour célébrer le septième anniversaire de mon trio, lui  offrant   le plaisir à son tour  de partager et  de raconter.  (Vincent Courtois)

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Alain Gauthier for CultureJazz (Photo Christian Ducasse)

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 Xavier Prévost for Jazz Magazine:
C’est la création d’un nouveau programme, intitulé «Jack», non parce que Kerouac l’aurait inspiré, mais parce qu’il repose sur une lecture passionnée de Jack London. Les compositions (du violoncelliste surtout, mais aussi pour partie de ses partenaires) partent des impressions de lectures d’un roman, d’un recueil, voire d’une nouvelle de ce grand écrivain états-unien, chantre de l’aventure autant que de la nature. Le concert commence autour de Love of Life, recueil et nouvelle éponyme : c’est comme une procession, en majesté recueillie, bientôt bouleversée par les éclats de ténor de Daniel Erdmann. Puis vient l’évocation de Martin Eden, roman où se lit un peu du destin de l’auteur : sur le violoncelle en pizzicato, la clarinette avance avec un calme qui bientôt se fera volubile. D’un contrepoint en trio jusqu’à une improvisation collective, on couvre tous les territoires qui s’étendent du baroque à Bartók, et bien au-delà. Et les improvisation se croisent jusqu’au paroxysme conclusif. De thème en thème, on parcourt toutes les provinces de la musique américaine : ici je reconnais l’esprit de Ain’t Misbehavin, ailleurs le souvenir de Philip Glass, et entre les deux la chaleur de la Soul Music et le souffle du jazz. Du très lyrique au très anguleux, d’une mélodie de chambre à des lignes sophistiquées, et à des mises en suspens pleines de surprises, chacun se donne, dans une entièreté qui va parfois jusqu’au bout du désir d’expression individuelle, mais sans jamais oublier le sens très collectif de ce projet. Cette musique est, dès son émergence, une totale réussite. On lui souhaite, au fil de sa maturation, d’aller plus loin encore.
ABOUT VINCENT COURTOIS
DANIEL ERDMANN BIOGRAPHY:
Daniel Erdmann was born in 1973 in Wolfsburg, Germany. He started playing the alto saxophone at the age of ten years, after that lived in Washington, DC for a few years and played the tenor saxophone in his school Bigband. Back in Germany, he studied five years with the American saxophonist George Bishop before joining from 1994 to 1999 the professional jazzclass  at the Hanns Eisler Conservatory in Berlin with Gebhard Ullmann, Jiggs Whigham and participated in master classes with Michael Brecker Steve Lacy, Ray Anderson, Lee Konitz and others. He is very active on the Berlin scene (he works with Rudi Mahall, Ed Schuller, John Schröder, Aki Takase, Herb Robertson) and while touring the United States in 1998 with the Gebhard Ullmann Tentett he recorded his first CD trio for Timescraper label in New York. With his quartet called Erdmann 3000 he recorded four CDs (including for Enja Records) and made a hundred concerts throughout Germany and Europe.
Daniel Erdmann performed as a soloist in the « Klangkörper Schweiz » by Daniel Ott and Peter Zumthor for the Expo 2000, and in 2001 he obtained a grant of the High Cultural Council Franco-German move to Paris, where he played with musicians from very different backgrounds. With Edward Perraud and Hasse Poulsen he created Das Kapital. The group has recorded five CDs and two DVDs (with filmmaker Nicolas Humbert) and did a lot of concerts in Europe, America and Central Asia. For the first CD with Hanns Eisler music, « Ballads & Barricades, » Das Kapital received the « Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2011 » and has toured for the Goethe Institute. In 2005 and 2007 Daniel made two creations with New York choreographer Joshua Bisset for the Biarritz Dance Festival and the Tacheles in Berlin. In 2010 worked with Joachim Kühn, they played live together with Johannes Fink and Christophe Marguet. Also in 2010, a trip to Mali was carried out for a project with the Kora player Cherif Soumano. Since 2008 Daniel also works with Cameroon storyteller André Ze Jam Afane. In 2010 a new project with Vincent Courtois, Frank Möbus and Samuel Rohrer was created, the group released it´s third album in 2015. With the help of Jazz D’Or festival a band with the legendary saxophonist Heinz Sauer was created in 2011. Daniel played as a sideman in groups of Mikko Innanen and Edouard Bineau, with whom he played in a quartet at the Olympia for TSF. He also performs with the trio of Vincent Courtois, 3 Cds have been recorded with this group. With drummer Christophe Marguet he recorded a highly acclaimed duo-CD and a quartet qith Henri Texier. Daniel also composes for theater (including « Passages » with texts by Peter Weiss) and films, as well as doing live performances with visual artists and painters. In 2014 Daniel founded his own company, « Das Atelier“ and in 2015 he started his new trio „Velvet Revolution“ with Theo Ceccaldi on violin/viola and Jim Hart on vibraphone. Their first album came out on BMC Records and won the Echo Award as well as the Year prize of the german critics. 
ROBIN FINCKER BIOGRAPHY:
French saxophonist and clarinettist Robin Fincker lived in London for over 10 years and now divides his time between the British and the French music scenes. A hyperactive project instigator and an in-demand sideman, Robin’s work is reflective of his taste for new experiences as well as his desire to draw from a musical spectrum that is free from stylistic concerns. Interested in the multi-faceted frontier between composed and improvised music and in the idea of bands in general, Robin co-leads many groups (some have said too many) yet has an insatiable hunger for new musical encounters. He has performed in many of the major European festivals and has been lucky to share the stage or a recording session with Bill Frisell, Evan Parker, Hilmar Jensson, Vincent Courtois, John Tchicai, Paul Rogers, Mikkel Ploug to name but a few. He has recorded 9 albums as a leader/co leader and his music has been featured on BBC Radio 3, Radio France and WDR radio.