Emile Parisien

soprano saxophon | France

Saxophonist Emile Parisien is one of the most important protagonists of contemporary French jazz. A jazz visionary, who may have one foot in that ancient soil, but his gaze is firmly fixed on the future. The leading French newspaper Le Monde has called him “the best new thing that has happened in European jazz for a long time,” while the Hamburg radio station NDR made the point of telling its listeners to give Parisien their “undivided attention.” The reference points on Parisien’s personal musical map are very widely spread indeed. They range from the popular folk traditions of his homeland to the compositional rigour of contemporary classical music, and also to the abstraction of free jazz. And yet everything he does has a naturalness and authenticity about it. Rather than appearing pre-meditated or constrained, his music has a flow, he traverses genres with a remarkable fleetness of foot and an effortless inevitability. What is it that makes the simple urgency of Parisien’s music quite so enjoyable? How does he manage to combine a provocative and anarchic streak with such a captivating sense of swing? Anyone who has seen and heard him on stage will know: it is because he lives his jazz with body and soul, because there is an authenticity and honesty inflecting every breath and every note.

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 Croker (trumpet), Joe Martin (bass), Roberto Negro (piano), Emile Parisien (soprano saxophon), Nasheet Waits (drums)

eXplore
eXpand
eXploit
eXterminate

German pianist Michael Wollny, once again, shows a yet unheard side of his musical personality, performing almost entirely on electric keyboards and extending their range with real time effects which seem like a turbo for his complex harmonic and melodic thinking, that draws inspiration from classical and contemporary classical, pop, indie, film music and jazz. This wide-spread musical background is probably the biggest reason, why Wollny clicks so perfectly with US-American electric bassist Tim Lefebve. As a collaborator with such diverse artists like David Bowie, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Mark Giuliana, Knower and countless others he is the musical glue between the musicians of the quartet, giving the free-flying ideas of his collaborators the rhythmic grounding - through his signature sound and harmony and unparalleled musical authority. French soprano saxophone great Emile Parisien, one of the most in-demand European jazz musicians and a true innovator of his instrument and German drummer Christian Lillinger, certainly one of the most forward-thinking drummers of today infuse the quartet with unrestrained, nervous, heated energy. With them, anything can happen at any given moment - monster grooves, cascades of single-notes, dense clusters, and just unbound expressiveness.
It is these contrasts, this excitement, the pure joy of playing and improvising, the hunger for surprise and the magic of the moment, that is not only obvious in every note but is also transfused to the audience, making this band such a deep, unique, emotionally, and intellectually challenging experience that one will not forget. „A stellar trans-Atlantic quartet. “ JAZZIZ (US)

XXXX (eXplore | eXpand | eXploit | eXterminate), Tim Lefebvre (bass), Christian Lillinger (drums), Emile Parisien (soprano saxophon), Michael Wollny (piano)

With breathtaking technical skills, great sensitivity, imagination and a good amount of anarchy, Emile Parisien investigates, challenges and expands the jazz genre. The result is fresh, European music, rousing, virtuoso and full of emotion.
In more than ten years the Emile Parisien quartet has played various concerts all over the world. They got inspired by freethinkers like Wayne Shorter or Ornette Coleman, but their ingenuity and their way to try something new are not to compare with other ensembles. The quartet has its own way of telling musical stories and to show its exuberant creativity and friskiness.
The new album of the band, "Double Screening", combines all of their exceptional qualities.

Ivan Gélugne (double bass), Julien Loutelier (drums), Emile Parisien (soprano saxophon), Julien Touéry (piano)

Roberto Negro and Emile Parisien’s duet is a mischievous adaptation for piano and saxophone of Giorgy Ligeti’s first string quartet, ‘ Les métamorphoses nocturnes ’.

« Ligeti ? I love it !
I love it too ! »

This is how ‘Métanuits’ was born, this adaptation of György Ligeti’s ‘Métamorphoses Nocturnes’ by Emile Parisien and Roberto Negro which is both generous and deferent towards the Hungarian master. It is at the same time a shortening and a re-writing for saxophone and piano of Ligeti’s first and famous string quartet, written between 1953 and 1954.
Emile Parisien and Roberto Negro rewrite, adapt and rearrange Ligeti’s music, they re-imagine this original piece from inside, next to it, beyond it and between its lines all at once. They open the doors of improvisation while respecting the deep and playful themes. Rhythm pervades the writing, sometimes like a slow engine, and sometimes like a restless devil. The rhythmic intensity and the almost cathartic physical engagement dwell on the duet’s interpretation.
The two musicians first discussed this project in 2014, however Roberto and Emile matured until now this idea of making their own this highly intense and committing music, which has been so deeply influential in their artistic history. After they imagined this project for years, they decided to create on stage and to record this music that will be out in March 2023, the year of the Hungarian composer’s centenary.

Roberto Negro (piano), Emile Parisien (soprano saxophon)

17.03.2023 SE - Stockholm // Konserthuset Stockholm Jan Lundgren // Lars Danielsson // Emile Parisien
29.04.2023 DE - Hannover // Theater Am Aegi Emile Parisien Sextet | LOUISE feat. Theo Croker
03.05.2023 DE - Erfurt // Theater Erfurt Emile Parisien Sextet | LOUISE feat. Theo Croker
05.05.2023 DE - Baden-Baden // Festspielhaus und Festspiele Baden-Baden Emile Parisien Sextet | LOUISE feat. Theo Croker
06.05.2023 DE - Hamburg // Laeiszhalle Emile Parisien Sextet | LOUISE feat. Theo Croker
07.05.2023 DE - Berlin // Admiralspalast Emile Parisien Sextet | LOUISE feat. Theo Croker
09.05.2023 DE - Frankfurt // Alte Oper Frankfurt Emile Parisien Sextet | LOUISE feat. Theo Croker
10.05.2023 DE - Dortmund // Konzerthaus Dortmund Emile Parisien Sextet | LOUISE feat. Theo Croker
12.05.2023 DE - München // Prinzregententheater Emile Parisien Sextet | LOUISE feat. Theo Croker
30.05.2023 DE - Hameln // Doubletime Jazz Club Roberto Negro | Papier Ciseau
31.05.2023 DE - Berlin // A-Trane Roberto Negro | Papier Ciseau
01.06.2023 DE - Berlin // A-Trane Roberto Negro | Papier Ciseau
14.07.2023 DE - Stuttgart // Jazzopen Emile Parisien Sextet | LOUISE feat. Theo Croker