Sclavis / Pifarély / Courtois

  Louis Sclavis, clarinettes / Dominique Pifarély, violon / Vincent Courtois, violoncelle

Nouveau CD « Asian Fields Variations », sortie le 17 mars 2017 sur ECM

« Louis Sclavis s’est imposé comme un des musiciens les plus créatifs du jazz contemporain. Dominique Pifarély est un violoniste et un compositeur incontournable sur la scène actuelle. Vincent Courtois est bien plus qu’un violoncelliste virtuose. Depuis plus de 25 ans, ils collaborent à de multiples projets et forment aujourd’hui un trio d’une rare maturité, pour une musique vive et créative. » (Armand Meignan, Europajazz Fesival)

Asian Fields Variation marks the first time that clarinettist Louis Sclavis, violinist Dominique Pifarély and cellist Vincent Courtois have recorded as a trio. For a ‘new’ group, it has a lot of pre-history : Sclavis and Pifarély have played together in diverse contexts for 35 years, Sclavis and Courtois for 20 years, but they retain the capacity to surprise each other as improvisers. “We’re drawing also on a lot of different playing experiences, and we’re continually bringing new things to the project. We keep going deeper.” The album was recorded at Studios La Buissonne in Pernes-les-Fontaines  last September, with Manfred Eicher as producer, and it is issued on the eve of a major French tour.  International  festival dates follow in summer 2017. 

The first trio performances – “fifteen or sixteen years ago” – found Sclavis, Pifarély and Courtois on the road in Africa and South America. After crossing each other’s paths repeatedly in the following years (Pifarély and Courtois, in and out of Sclavis’s projects, have often played duo concerts, and Sclavis has also guested with Courtois’ groups) all three came together again in 2013 for a project with Japanese pianist Aki Takase, which underlined the special musical understanding these players share.

The trio was officially re-launched in March 2015 with a new programme of compositions premiered at the A Vaulx Jazz Festival, near Lyon.

Louis Sclavis, Dominique Pifarély and Vincent Courtois have between them a rich, multifaceted discography on ECM. In addition to his recordings as leader, Sclavis can be heard on the recently issued Ida Lupino with Giovanni Guidi, Gianluca Petrella and Gerald Cleaver. Dominique Pifarély has had two ECM albums released in the last two years, the solo violin recital Time Before And Time After and the quartet album Tracé Provisoire, with pianist Antonin Rayon, bassist Bruno Chevillon and drummer François Merville. He also appears on Poros with François Couturier and recordings with Stefano Battaglia (Raccolto and Re:Pasolini, the latter also featuring Vincent Courtois). Courtois can furthermore be heard onIn Touch with trombonist Yves Robert. (ECM Records)