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  • Antoine Hervé (2000)

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    Pianist, composer, conductor, artistic director and producer, Antoine Hervé is a man of many talents. Born in Paris on 20 January 1959, he started piano lessons at the age of eight and went on to complete his education at the Paris Conservatory, where he studied piano with Pierre Sancan, orchestration with Marius Constant, and composition with Daniel Lesur, Henri Challan, Jean-Claude Reynaud, and Claude Ballif.

    Prize winner at the International Jazz Festival of La Défense, he was given his first engagements at the age of fifteen with his orchestra. He went on to create his own record label, Philoé Music, for which he produced "Horizons" in duo with Andy Emler, followed by "Trio" with M. Benita and P. Gritz. At Radio France he created the orchestra "Bob 13" with which he recorded and produced the albums "Live in Paris" and "Tutti".

    After winning the Django Reinhart Prize of the Académie du Jazz in 1985, Antoine Hervé was appointed conductor of the Orchestre National de Jazz in 1987, which he led until July 1989.

    Those years included worldwide tours—over 140 concerts by the full orchestra—with prestigious guest performers (Gil Evans, Quincy Jones...) and led to a number of creations, notably the CDs "ONJ 87" and "African Dream".

    In 1990 he founded the association "Hexameron" to promote all forms of improvisation. Having met the Bulgarian Turkish singer Yildiz Ibrahimova, he formed the Antoine Hervé Quintet, with which he recorded the CD "Paris-Zagreb".

    Antoine Hervé composed the music to Philippe Découflé's ballet "Tutti":

    He arranged the sound track to Eric Rochant's film "Un Monde Sans Pitié", and composed the score for "Mr. Astaire", a musical by Gérard Paquet with Dee-Dee Bridgewater.

    As part of his international career, he has performed or recorded with Dee-Dee Bridgewater, Gil Evans, Quincy Jones, Carla Bley, Didier Lockwood, Michel Portal, Daniel Humair, Peter Erskine, Chet Baker, Ray Barreto, Randy Brecker, Cab Calloway, Martial Solal, Vinko Globokar, Louis Sclavis, Mino Cinelu, Paco Sery, Joëlle Léandre, Claude Nougaro. Dick Annegard...

    During that same period he created a certain number of music and dance shows including "L'Opéra des Pékins" with Dominique Rebaud, " Macadam-Macadam " with Blanca Li, " A Chacun Son Serpent " with Laura Scozzi, "Sonate d'Automne" with Anne Carrié, "Mes Bien Chers Frères" in which he interpreted songs by Serge Gainsbourg and his brother François Hervé.

    He writes a trumpet concerto "Tribute to Miles Davis", a string quartet "La Maison Brûlée", a piece for percussion and orchestra, "Transit", commissioned by l'Ensemble Inter-Contemporain, and"Transactions", for the "Ensemble Alternance. He starts performing in duo with the violonist Didier Lockwood, improvising on themes from the classic music repertory.

    In 97, he creates "Mozart, By Night", a musical directed by Laurent Pelly, lights from Joël Adam, with a classical choir (120 chorists dressed in pojamas), with his jazz quartet featuring François and Louis Moutin, and Markus Stockhausen on trumpet.

    He forms a new quintet with Markus Stockhausen, Moutins brothers and Arnaud Franck (percussions).

    The Quintet recors his first live CD in Paris in november 97 : "Invention Is You" on ENJA.

    In august 97, he creates "Les Caprices De Morgane", a musical for the Festival Inter-Celtique in Lorient, with 19 musiciens. Among them, 9 traditionnals: bagpipes, bombardes, britain snare drums and Kristen Noguès on celtic harpe.

    During years 2000-2001 he collaborates with "Suresnes Cité Danse".He composes the music to Blanca Li's hip-hop ballet "Macadam-Macadam", and Laura Scozzi/Boris Vian's musical "A Chacun Son Serpent". His last creation was "Absolute Dream", commission from La Cité de La Musique, with his Quintet and a 17 strings ensemble.

    Since 2001, he released three CD's and one DVD on Nocturne label. First CD is "Summertime", in trio with twins brothers François and louis Moutin (Bass-Drums).

    A second CD "Mozart, La Nuit" with a classic choir and guests like Markus Stockhausen and Didier Lockwood.

    The last CD was a solo piano, "Inside", and a DVD "Inside Live" at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (Paris-2003).

    He is now touring in solo, trio, big-band, with symphonics orchestras all around the world, and with a new swedish quintet with guitar player Ewan Svensson, singer Linda Pettersson, Yasuhiyo Mori on bass and Magnus Gran on drums.

    Artist in residence since 2005 at Radio-France, he just wrote a concertino for piano and symphonic orchestra which will be first performed on 3rd of march 2007.

    His last CD "Road Movie" was released on november 2006 on Nocturne. It is a real "all Star" of european jazz artists such as Michel Portal, Markus Stockhausen, François Moutin, but also Ari Hoenig from USA, and a string quartet from Praha. The album has been awarded "Album of the Year" by the main french jazz review "Jazzman", and "disque d'émoi" by "Jazzmag".
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Greg Abate Bop City Bop City (Candid)
    # 2 Cannonball Adderley A Portrait of Cannonball Minority (OJC)
    # 3 Nat Adderley Work Song Work Song (OJC)
    # 4 Toshiko Akiyoshi Toshiko Mariano Quintet When You Meet Her (Candid)
    # 5 Eric Alexander Man with a Horn Man with a Horn (Milestone)
    # 6 Monty Alexander Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival Night Mist Blues (MPS)
    # 7 Monty Alexander, Ray Brown and Herb Ellis Triple Treat Meet the Flintstones (Concord)
    # 8 Charlie Haden featuring Gerry Allen Etudes Lonely Woman (Soul Note)
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