Renaud Garcia-Fons

Écrit par Thierry Barbé. Posted in Classique

Renaud Garcia-Fons is a French double-bass player and composer, notable for his virtuoso musicianship and for using a customised 5-stringed bass.

Garcia-Fons' father is the painter Pierre Garcia-Fons, and his family is of Catalonian origin; his affinity for Spanish and oriental culture is understandable. In the early 1980s Garcia-Fons enrolled at the Paris Conservatory; he has studied with François Rabbath who taught him his special technique of playing arco. Garcia-Fons is known for his overwhelming virtuosity, his Mediterranean melodic sense and his viola-like col arco sound.

Garcia-Fons is not only influenced by jazz and classical music, but also by flamenco, new musette, and "imaginary folklore" traditions. He started playing jazz in trumpet player Roger Guérin's band. From 1987 to 1993 he was part of the unique French all-double bass ensemble L'Orchestre de Contrebasses before he played in the Orchestre National de Jazz directed by Claude Barthélémy. His artistry led to many exciting and successful collaborations with other open-minded jazz musicians like Jean-Louis Matinier, Michael Riessler, Nguyên Lê, and Michel Godard. Actually he is working in his own projects, but also contributing to recordings of Gerardo Núñez, or of oriental players such as Kudsi Erguner, Dhafer Youssef, and even Cheb Mami.



Claude Tchamitchian

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Contrebassiste et compositeur
Né le 28 décembre 1960

Depuis bientôt 20 ans, il travaille dans différents domaines artistiques : création de musiques originales pour la danse et le théâtre, toutes ces créations étant toujours jouées et intégrées dans les différents spectacles.

En 1994, il créé et co-fonde Emouvance. Avec ce label installé à Marseille, il développe des projets artistiques qui s'inscrivent tous dans le monde la musique actuelle, soit écrite, soit improvisée. Emouvance est ainsi devenu, au-delà d'un label, une véritable structure de production.

Egalement depuis plus de 15 ans, il s'investit régulièrement dans des projets pédagogiques, en tant qu'artiste associé, sur des résidences, ou bien encore en tant qu'intervenant sur des publics très divers, amateurs ou professionnels.

Très impliqué sur la scène européenne, il a joué avec Eric Watson, Cristof Lauer, Andy Sheppard, Linda Sharrock, Gian Luigi Trovesi, Barre Phillips, Ray Anderson, Ersnt Reiseger, Henri Texier, Jean-Marie Machado, Phil Minton, Chris Biscoe, etc...


Vassilis Papavassiliou

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PAPAVASweb.jpgVassilis Papavassiliou, a leading greek artist, is a double bass soloist. Very active and innovative, he is highly energetic in classical, contemporary and experimental music.

Vassilis made, early on in his career, a distinct mark for his talent to perform the most «unplayable» works in the double bass repertory. The new repertory and the innovative ideas are central in his artistic interests.

He studied at the Hellenic Conservatory of Athens and had postgraduate studies with T. Martin in Guildhall School of Music (London) and E. Levinson in Juilliard School of Music and Drama (New York). He met and had lessons with most of the eminent bass-players in his time. As a soloist, he has performed with Greek and foreign orchestras, distinguished artists and ensembles.

He is the dedicatee of several new compositions (by G. Adamis, M. Adamis, T. Antoniou, G. Zervos, D. Themelis, D. Kamarotos, L. Liebermann, P. Rozsa, C. Samaras, V. Tenidis etc.).

In 1998, he has done the world-premiere recording of the «Double bass Concert by N. Skalkotas for the BIS label, receiving world-wide enthusiastic acclaim.

Every season Vassilis draws from both the classical and the innovative repertory, as well as combining ideas from both, in his concert appearances.

Vassilis Papavassiliou holds the position of the principal bass-player in the Greek National Opera in Athens and teaches in various master classes for double bass around Europe and USAFerenç List» Academy, Hungary, Michaelstein, Germany etc).

Lately, he is the editor of a series of Greek works for solo double bass in «Orpheus» editions.


Marc Buronfosse

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MBuronweb.jpgMarc Buronfosse, acoustic bass  Born in 1963 in Soissons (France).

After classical guitar studies at the age of ten, he studied the upright bass in 1982 with Thierry Barbé while achieving studies in sound engineering and musicology.
After receiving a prize at the Conservatoire de Paris XII, he began playing more and more jazz, working with bass players such as Cesarius Alvim, Charlie Haden, Reggie Workman and Henri Texier. He has also worked with symphonic orchestras (Opéra de Paris) and chamber music orchestras (tour in Japan with the “Solistes de Versailles”).
In June 1991, he obtained a grant from the French Ministry of Culture and studied one year in New York at The New School of Music. During this time he worked regularly with Gary Peacock, Marc Johnson and Mark Dresser. He also met and played with Jimmy Cobb, Steve Kühn, John Abercrombie, Lew Soloff, Jim Hall, Tim Berne, Dave Liebman, and Billy Harper…
In Paris, he plays with Stéphane Guillaume Quartet, René Aubry Septet, Michel Elmalem Quartet, Gueorgui Kornazov “Horizons” Quintet…and presently has his own quartet with musicians Benjamin Moussay, Jean Charles Richard and Antoine Banville.

He also teaches jazz at the Conservatoire National de Région of Paris.

 Recordings :

-Bojan Z Quartet Label Bleu 1994

-Sylvain Kassap Quartet «Quixote»  Evidence 1994

-Pascal Bréchet Quintet «Autour de Monk» Accord Accort 1996

-Bojan Z Quartet  «Yopla» Label Bleu 1996

-Josetxo Goia Aribe  «Aunamendi» Label TX 1996

-Marc Buronfosse Quartet «Reflections» Essonne en Jazz 1996

-Les Tambours de Brazza «Congo Drums» PlayaSound Africa 1996

-Fawzy Al Aiedy «Dounya»  Adès 1998

-Fawzy Al Aiedy «Le Paris Bagdad» Buda Music 1999

-Paris Jazz Consort «Escape» Emotions Jazz 2000

-Josetxo Goia Aribe  «Herrimina» Nuba Records  2000

-René Aubry  «Invités sur la Terre»  Hopi Mesa 2001

-Darko Rundek «Ruke»  Label Menart 2002

-Nico Morelli Trio «Nico Morelli» Cristal Records 2003

-Josetxo Goia Aribe et Maddi Oihenart «Ilhargi-Min» Metak 2003

-Curl  «Inner» La Chaise Bleue 2003

-Stéphane Guillaume «Soul Role» Label O+  Music 2004

-Yorgos Delphis «Greece Peace» Greece, Peace and Music 2004

-Bertrand Renaudin «United Flowers» Quartet, LaBorie 2006

-Catherine Antoine «Illusion» Cristal Records 2006

-Stéphane Guillaume 4tet «Intra Muros» Label O+ Music 2006

-René Aubry «Playtime» Hopi Mesa 2008

-Catherine Antoine «Nature» Label O+ Music 2008

-Gueorgui Kornazov «Horizons» Quintet Label BMC 2008

-Michel Elmalem Quartet  Fresh Sounds Records 2008




Volkan Orhon

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Acclaimed for his musicality and virtuosity, Volkan Orhon has established himself as one of the top double bassists in the world today. He was a finalist and prizewinner in the Concert Artists Guild Solo Competition in New York City, and was the co-first place winner of the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition. Additionally, he distinguished himself as the first double bass player ever to win the grand prize overall and first prize for double bass at the American String Teacher's Association Solo Competition.

Mr. Orhon has performed with internationally recognized musicians including Gary Karr, Fazil Say, and the Emerson String Quartet, and has been a soloist with the Adana, Antalya and Bursa State Symphony Orchestras (Turkey), the El Paso, Cedar Rapids, and Hartford Symphony Orchestras, The Connecticut Orchestra, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and New Britain Symphony. He was one of the performers for the international consortium of Pulitzer Winner composer John Harbison’s Concerto for Bass Viol and Orchestra. He was recently a featured soloist at the Polish World Bass Festival, performing the Bottesini Concerto No. 2 with the Academy Orchestra under the direction of Franco Petracchi. An avid chamber musician, Orhon has been a guest with the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival (NY), the Saint Vincent College Chamber Music Series (PA), and the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music. He has also performed at prestigious festivals including the Montreux, Saint Denis-Paris, Antibes, Montpellier, Istanbul, and Izmir jazz festivals. As an orchestra musician, performed with the Detroit Symphony, Hartford Symphony and Connecticut Opera Orchestra.

As a pedagogue, Mr. Orhon has been an invited clinician to workshops across the U.S. and abroad, including conferences for the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the International Society of Bassists. He has given recitals and master classes at institutions including the Bursa State Conservatory and Eskisehir Anatolian University (Turkey), Arizona State University, University of Michigan, Butler University, Northwestern University and North Carolina School of the Arts. He has served on the faculties of the University of Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, The Hartt School Community Division of the University of Hartford, Kinhaven Music School (VT) and Summer Strings Music Festival in Pocatello, Idaho.

Born and raised in Turkey, Mr. Orhon began playing the double bass at the age of 12, and spent much of his youth touring Europe with the Mediterranean Youth Soloists. After receiving his bachelor's degree from the Ankara State Conservatory under the tutelage of Tahir Sumer, he became a member of the Ankara Presidential Symphony Orchestra. In 1991, Mr. Orhon came to the United States to continue his studies with Gary Karr at The Hartt School of Music, where he earned an Artist Diploma and Master of Music.

Mr. Orhon is currently the assistant professor of double bass at The University of Iowa and principal double bass in the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra. He is a D'Addario Diamond Performing Artist.
He is a member of the Bad Boys of Bass (Bass Quartet) which released a CD in the summer of 2007.

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