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Saxophonist Alexandra Grimal recorded this double CD with pianist Giovanni Di Domenico a the Theatre Du Chatelet, in Paris, France, for adventurous dialog in a dynamic set of original Di Domenico compositions plus freely improvised work, both duo and solo.

Grimal, Alexandra / Giovanni Di Domenico
Chergui [2 CDs]

Grimal, Alexandra / Giovanni Di Domenico: Chergui [2 CDs] (Ayler)
Label: Ayler    
Released in: France    

"Alexandra Grimal goes in her own way, elegant but robust, through the territories of jazz and improvised music over recent years. It was only natural she would meet and regularly play in duet settings with Giovanni di Domenico, as versatile an adventurer as Alexandra is, both in his musical choices and collaborations. Three years after their first recording together (2011's Ghibli on the Sans Bruit label), Chergui was recorded over two nights at the Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris, France) and showcases solos and duets, either based on Giovanni's compositions or improvised on the spot to catch the emotion of the moment."-Ayler

"Born in Cairo to a musical family, saxophonist Alexandra Grimal grew up between Egypt and Paris listening to classical music and jazz, alongside many other styles. She began studying piano classical at the age of five, and at thirteen years switched to saxophone and jazz, influenced by Louis Armstrong , Coltrane and Miles Davis. She went to study the saxophone in 2000 at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague under the tutelage of saxophonist and clarinetist American John Ruocco. In 2003, Alexandra Grimal joined the jazz department of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, with a grant from the European exchange program Socrates. In 2004 she moved to the Netherlands, where she obtained a bachelor in 2005 and a master's degree in saxophone at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.

In 2005 Alexandra Grimal returned to France and continued her studies at the National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris, and began performing in clubs at jam sessions, including La Fontaine. In 2007 she began a residency at the Banff Centre in Canada. She created Alexandrophone, a work of contemporary music with Ben Shemie for soprano saxophone and electronic music. In 2009 she won the "Fondation Jean-Luc Lagardère," which allowed her to record Owls Talk with Lee Konitz , Gary Peacock and Paul Motian. The same year she released her first album as a trio Shape with Antonin Rayon (organ) and Emmanuel Scarpa (drums), followed in 2010 with its European Seminaro Vento quartet consisting of pianist Giovanni Di Domenico , bassist Manolo Cabras, and drummer Joao Lobo, album rewarded with a shock of Jazz Magazine. She received a MacDowell Fellowship in 2009 and received a two-month stay at the prestigious MacDowell Colony, an artists' colony in New Hampshire. This experience of isolation and creative artistic encounters fed her work and allowed her to concentrate on writing her future compositions (including her album Andromeda.

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Product Information:

UPC: 7320470171462

Label: Ayler
Catalog ID: 141-142
Squidco Product Code: 19756

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at Theatre Du Chatelet, in Paris, France on May 21st and 22nd, 2013 by Celine Grangey.


Alexandra Grimal-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone

Giovanni Di Domenico-piano

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Track Listing:


1. Prana 8:40

2. The Window Was Camel-less 3:55

3. Koan No 7 3:39

4. Koan No 8 3:53

5. Koan No 9 4:32

6. Koan No 11 4:59

7. Diotime Et Les Lions 14:55

8. Bi-fluore 250 3:04


1. Let Sounds Be Themselves 2:55

2. Tema Per Jan Svankmayer 6:14

3. Metacommentary 6:05

4. The Koln Concept 3:40

5. Koan No 6 4:01

6. Koan No 10 3:32

7. Tremebondo Mondo 3:58

8. Ballata Dei Piedl Volanti 3:22

9. Chein Savant 2:37

10. Sea Blooming 2:15

11. Sea Blooming 4:18

12. Harmattan 5:22