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Louis Sclavis

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Over a career spanning four decades, the French clarinetist Louis Sclavis has proved himself to be one of the leading improvisers—and experimenters--of our times.

The Atlas Trio (clarinet, keyboards, guitar) is his current “mini musical laboratory” with which he explores rhythms and inner resonances that provide the scope for dense soundscapes. His Sources album brings together every musical influence that can convey the idea of a journey and represents personal and group expressive freedom in the creative music of today. As a critic aptly points out, these are different viewpoints on a world between Messiaen and Miles Davis.
Louis Sclavis’s band of the season is the Atlas Trio, an ensemble with a global reach of reference. Chamber-improvisation, polyrhythmic grooves, minimalistic pulse patterns, enveloping ambience, rhapsodic piano and funky Fender Rhodes, distorted guitar, clarinet soliloquies, contrapuntal themes, free group playing, a bit of everything. An open-form aesthetic applies in multi-facetted music simultaneously exploratory and involving. Recorded in the South of France last September, the album - Louis’s ninth for ECM – features a programme of new Sclavis compositions, and is issued in time for tour dates including a major showcase at the Europa Jazz Festival in Le Mans.

Louis Sclavis Trio (Louis Sclavis - Benjamin Moussay - Gilles Coronado) on January 18, 2013 at Onassis Cultural Center - 107-109 Syngrou Avenue – Athens - 210 900 5 800 -

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