French double bass player, improviser and composer, Joëlle Léandre is one of the dominant figures of the new European music. Trained in orchestral as well as contemporary music, she has played with l’Itinéraire, 2e2m and Pierre Boulez’s Ensemble Intercontemporain. Joëlle Léandre has also worked with Merce Cunningham and with John Cage, who has composed especially for her – as have Scelsi, Fénelon, Hersant, Lacy, Campana, Jolas, Clementi and about 40 composers.
Unfolding a music-language filled with subtle nuances while constantly seeking to reconcile fire, lyricism and sophisticated form, Théo Ceccaldi is definitely one of the great revelations of the contemporary jazz scene in France.
Théo Ceccaldi seriously started studying classical music at a tender age and received First Prize for Violin, Notation and Chamber Music in 2004. But he was always drawn to the freedom of jazz, and in 2010 he genuinely found his own voice when he founded an original trio — with his brother Valentin on cello and Guillaume Aknine on guitar — which established the link between the western chamber-music tradition and free improvisation. The Théo Ceccaldi Trio won the Tremplin Orléans’ Jazz in 2011, and they have since confirmed what everyone thought was good about them, releasing two albums in succession for the Ayler Records label and then taking the laurels of the 2014 “Jazz Migration” programme organized by AFIJMA-AJC.