Alex Stuart, « Place to Be »

Gaya Music Production, 21 avril 2014
Alex Stuart, guitare – Irving Acao, saxophone ténor & Fender Rhodes – Stéphane Guillaume, saxophone soprano & saxophone ténor – Christophe Wallemme, contrebasse & basse électrique – Antoine Banville, batterie & gong
« Place to Be » follows Alex’s last album « Around » released in 2010 and recorded with his quartet featuring the highly regarded Guillaume Perret on the saxophone, Yoann Serra on the drums and Juan-Sebastien Jimenez on the bass. Franck Bergerot of Jazz Magazine / Jazzman, France’s top jazz magazine, awarded Around its prestigious  »Revelation! (Discovery!)” tag (January 2011 edition). John Mcbeath also gave it a four star review in ‘The Australian’ in March 2013. Around has been featured on many radio stations such as Australia’s top national radio jazz program, ABC FM’s ‘Jazztrack’, and France Musique and the quartet also performed live on Radio National ABC’s ‘The Music Show’ presented by Andrew Ford.
In July 2011, the quartet took out the prestigious competition “Jazz A Juan Revelation” and was given the “Grand Jury Prize”. Previous winners include Tigran Hamasyan, Youn Sun Nah and Tineke Postma.
The quartet performed at Jazz a Juan 2012 alongside Mike Stern, Richard Bona, Bireli Lagrene, Sylvain Luc, Philippe Catherine and Troc. The Quartet has performed at festivals and venues across the world such as Jazz a Juan, Jazz en Touraine, Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Pune Jazz Utsav, Congo Square Jazz Fest, Jazz Contreband, Festiva’son, Jazz a Frontenay, Goa Heritage Jazz Festival, The Blue Frog Mumbai, The Sunset/Sunside, The Baiser Salé, Bennetts Lane, ANU School of Music…
Alex was nominated for the Freedman Fellowship in Australia in 2013.
Alex recorded his first album « Waves » in Sydney in 2005. The eleven other performers included some of Australia’s top jazz musicians such as Eric Ajaye, Miroslav Bukovsky and James Hauptmann. ABC FM’s ‘Jazztrack’ and other FM stations featured Waves, while the ABC’s internet jazz radio station made it their ‘Feature Album’ for an extended period. ‘Jazztrack’s’ Mal Stanley described Waves as « strong, original music from an Australian talent to watch » .
Alex also plays and has played with bands in a range of styles including ‘Groove Stance’ (groove), ‘Alula’ (world jazz), ‘Black Sesame’ (rock/electro), ‘Tulika Srivastava’ (Hindustani light classical), ‘The Alex Stuart/Warren Walker Band’ (jazz), ‘Abakuya’ (traditional Camerounian), NewElectroSoulSession’ (electro), ‘TANG!’ (rock jazz), Moira (rock/jazz/chanson), and musicians Brice Wassy, Bruno Angelini, Munir Hossn, Tim Willis, Remi Vignolo, Luc Isenmann, Julien Wilson, Ben Vanderwal, Miroslav Bukovsky, Eric Ajaye, Dave Panichi and Alex Jacquemin.
As a composer Alex is inspired by modern jazz, rock musicians such as Dirty Projectors, Bjork and Grizzly Bear, and the musics of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Inspired by these different elements he creates an organic new music, an ode to cultural openness. Most recently, a stint in ‘Abakuya’, led by Camerounian Francois Essindi, provided a wonderful opportunity to explore the spirit and techniques of West African music, while a 2009 residency in India with master sarodist Anindya Banerjee plunged him into the beautiful melodies and complex rhythms of the Hindustani classical tradition.



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