Roberto Negro

piano | Italy

Internationally acclaimed French saxophonist Emile Parisien is regarded as one of the most important protagonists of contemporary jazz. „Parisien's inventiveness and energy are simply stunning",saysTélérama. Downbeat made clear: „To say that French alto and soprano saxophonist Émile Parisien is doing well in Europe would be an understatement.“ With his brand new electric sextet ‘Louise‘, Parisien continues to expand his musical world between traditional and contemporary jazz, with great sensitivity and imagination. The programme consists of original compositions, inspired by his great admiration for border-crossing, French-American sculptor Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010). For this endeavor, Parisien is joined by masterful European and US-American players: Adventurous trumpeter Theo Croker, original guitarist Manu Cordja, poetic pianist Roberto Negro and the New York City-based jazz greats Joe Martin (bass) and Nasheet Waits (drums). With this project and line-up of renowed musicians Emile Parisien sets path for a new adventure defying musical and cultural borders.

Manu Codija (guitar), Theo Crocker (trumpet), Joe Martin (bass), Roberto Negro (piano), Emile Parisien (soprano saxophon), Nasheet Waits (drums)

After three years sharing artistic adventures with the trio DADADA, and recording a first album, called « Saison 3 », produced by the prestigious Label Bleu in 2017, Roberto Negro, a pianist and a composer with ‘boundless energy and a look that seems unconcerned with carreer plans’ (Le Monde), boldly progresses through unexpected musical paths with a brand new repertoire called ‘Papier Ciseau’. For this project, the piano player is accompanied by one of the most important protagonist of contemporary French Jazz, Emile Parisien. Roberto Negro won the “Sensational album of the year” award at the Victoires du Jazz in 2018 for his trio, Dadada.

A miraculously inspired saxophone, a piano used in many ways, a percussionist who seems to be a sensualist choreographer, and in this new album, a blazing bassist : the teamgathered in ‘Papier Ciseau’ goes in quest of musical essentialism. Through his compositions, Roberto Negro takes us back to childhood memories and coming-of-age adventures. On an unusual and sometimes puzzling path, where time can be cut and perceived out of control, music carries us away in a world developped into melodies that can be sometimes playful, sometimes naive, and sometimes even electric and overwhelming. This repertoire is the result of compositions where intensity and simplicity are combined with more complex and burning sounds, enhanced by a lyricism always unexpected

"It is hard to be more stimulating, in the category uninhibited avant-garde."
- Les Inrocks
"We have enjoyed his astounding associations of images for years now."
- Libération
"...wonderful alchemy between the three musicians."
- France Info

Valentin Ceccaldi (bass), Roberto Negro (piano), Emile Parisien (soprano saxophon), Michele Rabbia (drums)

28.01.2022 FR - Vitry-sur-Seine // Sons d'hiver Emile Parisien Sextet | Louise
24.02.2022 FR - Orléans // Scène Nationale Roberto Negro Papier Ciseau
26.02.2022 FR - Cenon // Le Rocher de Palmer Roberto Negro Papier Ciseau
18.04.2022 FR - Saint Denis // Saint Denis Jazz Club Roberto Negro Papier Ciseau
04.11.2022 FR - Strassbourg // JAZZDOR Emile Parisien Sextet | Louise
08.11.2022 FR - Nevers // D'Jazz Nevers Festival Emile Parisien Sextet | Louise
19.11.2022 FR - Cenon // Le Rocher de Palmer Emile Parisien Sextet | Louise