Even in history are its benefits not only for his fellow countrymen. Even outside France's Louis Sclavis for a quarter century one of the first jazz voices to the clarinets of all sizes and the saxophone. And it is simply not tired to walk continually new style paths with ever new projects and Sidemen.
Louis Sclavis was born on 1953 in Lyon, where he also studied clarinet at the Conservatory of Music and incidentally occurred in local bands. During this time Sclavis played not only in ensembles such as the Marvelous band Marmite Infernale and Workshop of Lyon. He established contact with colleagues as Michel Portal, Bernard Lubat and Henri Texier, he was able to inspire all musicians for his initiative ARFI (Association pour la recherche d'un folklore imaginaire). There the legendary birth of an attempt to combine traditional music with jazz. 1982 was especially the irrepressible imagination of Sclavis. On the one hand, he and Le Tour de France his own combo, with six musicians from different regions of France: with Gerard Siracusa, Benat Achiary, Philippe Deschepper, Yves Robert, Michel Doneda and Alain Gibert. Secondly followed recordings and performances with the Free Music prominence of Evan Parker About Tony Oxley to Peter Brötzmann. After numerous concerts at European festivals he founded in 1984 his quartet feat. Bruno Chevillon, with it i.a. ECM album "Rouge" (1991) grossed; In 1987, exclusively for the festival Banlieues Blues the Sclavis Septet. The feat was founded in 1988 Clarinet Trio. Jacques di Donato and Armand angster be Sclavis focused on improvisation and contemporary classical music, including compositions by Pierre Boulez and Brian Ferneyhough, and began to work with the choreographer Mathilde Monnier. And with whom he continued his love for the theater, in 1980 Image Aigue suggested in cooperation with the theater company. Since then Sclavis but is also sought after film composer (among others fOr Jean-Louis Comolli), he has made since 1982 with the world-famous photographer Guy Le Querrec numerous multi-media spectacle as "Jazz comme une image" on the legs. Le Querrec it is also, of the musical trips to Africa holds that undertakes Sclavis with Aldo Romano and Henri Texier for several years. The decisive signposts in Sclavis' polyglot career documenting over the years changing chamber music formations, the Acoustic Quartet from 1994 (Dominique Pifarely, Bruno Chevillon, Marc Ducret) could build on the previous successes and are all represented on ECM. The same applies to the 1994 founded Trio with B. Chevillon and Francois Merville. Sclavis has received numerous honors in his Lufbahn: the Prix Django Reinhardt (1988), 1st prize of the Biennale Barcelona (1989), British Jazz Award (1990).
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