Emile Parisien

soprano saxophon | France
Management Artist, Live Artist

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.

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

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

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)

During the Jazz Festival in Marciac in 2015, a new quintet got together: a unique musical symbiosis between Emile Parisien, upcoming guitar player Manu Codjia, bassist Simon Tailleu, Mario Costa on the drums and the German jazz piano master Joachim Kühn. With free improvisations, high-energetic moments, emotional sounds and wild eruptions the dream team sets the concert halls on fire. In addition, the quintet made his international mark with the studio album 'Sfumato' and received one of the most important music awards in France, the Victoires du Jazz, for the best album in 2017.

Manu Codija (guitar), Mário Costa (drums), Joachim Kühn (piano), Emile Parisien (soprano saxophon), Simon Tailleu (double bass)

29.04.2021 LU - Luxemburg // CUBE 521 Emile Parisien Quartet Buy Tickets
22.05.2021 BE - Brüssel // Jazz Station Roberto Negro PAPIER CISEAU (feat. Emile Parisien)
23.05.2021 BE - Gent // Ham Sessions Roberto Negro PAPIER CISEAU (feat. Emile Parisien)
25.05.2021 DE - München // Jazzclub Unterfahrt Roberto Negro PAPIER CISEAU (feat. Emile Parisien)
26.05.2021 DE - Berlin // A-Trane Roberto Negro PAPIER CISEAU (feat. Emile Parisien)
05.08.2021 SE - Ystad // Ystad Jazz Festival Emile Parisien Quartet Buy Tickets
20.09.2021 FR - Paris // Café de la Danse Roberto Negro PAPIER CISEAU (feat. Emile Parisien)
21.09.2021 FR - Tours // Le Petit Faucheux Roberto Negro PAPIER CISEAU (feat. Emile Parisien)
04.12.2021 DE - Braunschweig // LOT-Theater Emile Parisien Quartet Buy Tickets
24.02.2022 FR - Orléans // Scène Nationale Roberto Negro PAPIER CISEAU (feat. Emile Parisien)