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Cappozzo, Cecile Quintet (Cappozzo / Cappozzo / Bellanger / Grente / Ziemniak): Hymne d'Automne (Ayler)

The core trio of Cécile Cappozzo (piano), Patrice Grente (double bass) and Etienne Ziemniak (drums) release their second Ayler album, expanded to a quintet with Jean-Luc Cappozzo on trumpet and Guillaume Bellanger on saxophone, performing six works connected like a suite that flow beautifully through Cappozzo's warm compositions, including a piece dedicated to Carla Bley.

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UPC: 3473351400428

Label: Ayler
Catalog ID: aylCD-179
Squidco Product Code: 32712

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Meslay-du-Maine, France, on January 13th, 2022.


Cecile Cappozzo-piano, composition

Jean-Luc Cappozzo-trumpet

Guillaume Bellanger-saxophone

Patrice Grente-double bass

Etienne Ziemniak-drums

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"Four years after their all-improvised first album ("Sub rosa", 2018, ayCD-153), the trio of Cécile Cappozzo (piano), Patrice Grente (double bass) and Etienne Ziemniak (drums) returns to us with "Hymne d'automne", this time as a quintet, with the addition of two 'blowers': Jean-Luc Cappozzo on trumpet and Guillaume Bellanger on saxophone. Over the journey of the five improvising musicians in landscapes with autumnal colors, the music is in turn dreamlike, energetic, flamboyant (even fiery) and of great formal coherence in the sequence of improvisations with the three themes composed for the occasion."-Ayler Records

"For this record there are really only four compositions: 'Autumn Hymn', 'Dance Dance', 'Carla' and a rhythmic phrase without a fixed melody called "Orage'. I wrote the 'Carla' theme when I was 19, it's very short. At that time I listened to Carla Bley and Paul Bley a lot.

I wrote the other three songs about two years ago, during the time of Covid lockdown. My approach is as follows: first I sing the melody, write it, then I look for the bass to anchor it, then the harmony, and finally I imagine how to divide the voices between several instruments. I gave them to the musicians and the idea was to start with improvised pieces in which the themes can arise at any moment, from anyone's initiative, in any order. This record, Hymne d'automne, is better suited to listening in its entirety because it is designed as a whole, a single and same piece."-Cécile Cappozzo

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Artist Biographies

"Cécile Cappozzo was born in 1984 in Roanne of parents musicians.

Trained on the classical piano, she quickly turned to jazz and improvised music. After a visit to the Conservatoire de Saint-Étienne (jazz department) and to the Faculty of Musicology of Tours, she multiplied the musical experiences and formed during master classes with Mal Waldron, Charles Gayle, Jacques Loussier, Sophia Domancich ..., And won the Prix Fédécouverte 2006 with his own trio, at the age of 22, which will allow him to perform in the halls belonging to the Fédération des Scènes de Jazz de France.

At the same time, she became passionate about flamenco at the age of 20, took her first flamenco dance classes in Tours with Aurélia Vidal, was trained at various courses and festivals in France (Mont de Marsan, Rivesaltes, Paris) and Spain (Seville, Granada). Passionate, she leaves in Andalusia, in Jerez de la Frontera, guardian city of cante jondo or "deep song" according to the aficionados, for a duration of 2 years (2007 to 2009). She met her "maestra", Manuela Carpio, a great gypsy dancer with inexhaustible knowledge, completed her training with other artists such as Maria José Franco, Ana Maria Lopez and Carmen Herrera, and especially Mercedes Ruiz, a young internationally renowned jerezana dancer . She continues her training with great dancers such as La Lupi, Fran Espinosa, Israel Galvan, La Moneta ...

Back in France in 2010, La Cecilia continues her training with artists such as Bobote, Juana Amaya, Israel Galvan, José Maya, Manuela Carrasco, La Lupi and aims to promote traditional flamenco by offering internships and Spectacles, and always bearing in mind the generosity and the strength inherent to this art.

She returned to Andalusia very regularly to continue her training with Manuela Carpio (Jerez de la Frontera), in the schools of Seville and with La Lupi (Malaga).

In 2014, she created her own group La Cecilia y su gente . She is also part of the choreographic group (contemporary dance) by Dimitri Tsiapkinis ( Omnivion ), the first of which was given at the Center Chorégraphique de Tours in September 2014 in which she presents a contemporary flamenco solo.

Cécile Cappozzo also performs as a flamenco dancer, multiplying projects with different French and Spanish artists ( Cie Helena Cueto , Cie Acento Flamenco , Cie Sabrina Le Guen , show with Carmen Herrera, Duo with Karine Gonzalez ...), as a pianist. Jean-Luc Cappozzo, an internationally recognized jazz trumpet player, released his first album on the label Fou Records entitled " Soul Eyes " in November 2015 ). She is also a member of the Trio Alzea (world music: violin / voice / piano), the final project of which was carried out by both the Poitou-Charentes Region and SPEDIDAM and ADAMI. , Came to applaud them at the New Theater of Châtellerault during the Winter Festival of December 215, was triumphant.

In addition, she is invited by various jazz groups (duo with Sébastien Boisseau, among others) on the initiative of Les Sources Sonores project (contemporary flamenco and free improvisation with the Marseille dancer La Fabia).

She is also part of the new band of the famous guitarist Juan de Lerida as a pianist and dancer.

All these projects nurture her teaching of flamenco dance, which she teaches during regular courses (Tours, Bourges, Blois, Lyon, Paris, ...) "

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"Jean-Luc Cappozzo was born in Belfort, France, in 1954. He started playing the trumpet in the local orchestra of his native town where he performed both jazz and classical music. Following a meeting with the diatonic accordionist Serge Desaunay, he started to perform traditional music as well.

His meeting with Dizzy Gillespie in 1984, who invited him to participate in his concert, was a turning point in Jean-Luc Cappozzo's career.

In 1988 he obtained the State Diploma of Professor of Jazz and subsequently taught trumpet improvisation at the Music School of Lyon (CNSM).

He has taken part in various groups of musicians of the ARFI.

He has been a member of he Louis Sclavis Quintet "L'Affrontement des Prétendants" and of Claude Tchamitchian's "Grand Lousadzak". In addition he has played in Sophia Domancich's Quintet "Pentacle", the Denis Fournier Quartet and with Joelle Léandre's Quintet "Fragments et suite lyrique". He has formed a quartet with Jean Aussanaire , Rémi Charmasson and Bernard Santacruz and created a musical work "Du Vent chez Johannes" with the Johannes String Quartet.

In 2005 he joined the European Mythical Orchestra: the Globe Unity Orchestra. He has played with the Apollo Trio and composed duo s with the cellists Joelle Léandre or Eric Brochard, the singer Géraldine Keller, the drummer Paul Lovens, the tuba player Michel Godard, the pianist Umberto Petrin and the trumpet players Axel Dorner or Herb Robertson. Actually, he is playing with: - "The Bridge" with Joëlle Léandre (cb), Bernard Santacruz (cb), Mickaël Zerang (dms) and Douglas Ewart (sax - flûte) - - " Can You Hear Me" of Joëlle Léandre (cb) - " 2 ème étage " with Christine Wodrascka (p) and Gerry Hemingway (dms) - Duo with Famoudou Don Moye (dms) - Duo with Cécile Cappozzo (p) - Quartet à l'Ouest with Jean Aussanaire (sax), Eric Brochard (cb) and Alfred Spirli (dms) - Duo with Géraldine Keller (voice) - Duo with Eric Brochard (cb) - Trio with Didier Lasserre (dms) and Paul Rogers (cb) For his strength, his creativity, his magnificent sonority, the clarity of his phrasing, Jean-Luc Cappozzo is today an indispensable trumpet player on the European musical scene and is in increasing demand. Jean-Luc Cappozzo, powerful and mellifluous trumpet player, is "a discreet man who would blush to be labeled one of the most relevant soloists and the most complete on the French jazz scene. He may blush".(S. Siclier, Le Monde 1/08/2002)"

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Guillaume Bellanger is a French saxophonist based in Meslay du maine, known for his solo work, for the Benoist Duo, and the trio Grente / Bellanger / Ziemniak.

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"Patrice Grente is a self-trained doublebass player who has worked in jazz and free improvisation for several years. In his personal research, he explores sound as an entity, working with electronics, field recording, materials and sound installations. He has worked with visual arts, dance, theatre, sound poetry and performance with artists such as Pan Huysen, Phil Niblock, Jerôme Noetinger, Paul Dunmall, Luc Bénazet, Deborah Lennie, Fred Hocké, Guillaume Bellanger, Etienne Zemniak, Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Sonia Chiambretto, Benoît Casas, Hugues Vincent, Yumiko Nii. He is also co-founder of the festival [Interstice] in Caen."

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Étienne Ziemniak is a French drummer and percussionist. Influenced by jazz and improvisation, he joined the jazz school in Tours and then the jazz class of Guillaume De Chassy. He has been a member of the groups Carnalisme, Cécile Cappozzo Trio, Electric Vocuhila, Mange Ferraille, The West Lines, Théo Ceccaldi Freaks, and Vocuhila.

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Track Listing:

1. Exposition 7:15

2. Hymne D'Automne 7:24

3. Dance Dance 11:30

4. Carla 8:29

5. Orage 3:12

6. Hymne D'Automne (Reprise)6:00

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