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Claudine François

Claudine François

Claudine François


A talented pianist and musician of multitudinous adventures (Don Cherry, Jim Pepper, Jane Bunnett…) Claudine François is a many-faceted artist who, within the expression of her art, incorporates African, Caribbean and African-American post-bop influences without ever renouncing her European roots. After outstanding classical studies followed by a career as a concert pianist and parallel teaching activities (in high schools and workshops for children Read more on Last.fm
A talented pianist and musician of multitudinous adventures (Don Cherry, Jim Pepper, Jane Bunnett…) Claudine François is a many-faceted artist who, within the expression of her art, incorporates African, Caribbean and African-American post-bop influences without ever renouncing her European roots. After outstanding classical studies followed by a career as a concert pianist and parallel teaching activities (in high schools and workshops for children, adolescents and adults), she turned to improvisation and jazz after being exposed to other influences, notably the memorable performance of The Art Ensemble of Chicago's in Paris. She went on to participate in jazz workshops with Jacques Thollot, Daniel Humair, Henri Texier and Claudine eventually founded a free jazz group. In 1983 she obtained a SACEM prize at the la Défense competition. Claudine composes for theater, dance and has also put out a compilation of her works (publisher: Henry Lemoine). Claudine began touring with the musical show , "Cirque de Barbarie", then with her own groups after being influenced by the American drummer John Betsch, with whom she recorded her albums " Camargue " (as well as with the regretted saxophonist Jim Pepper) and " Healing Force " - between European sensibility et American groove. Her love of African cultures and rhythms has led her to collaborate with musicians from Cameroon and Benin with whom she created the Metis Quintet, a band which mixes jazz and sounds from contemporary African sources. The Quintet has toured in France and Africa. In 2002 the album "Amazon" was released with saxophonist Jean-Jacques Élangué, trumpeter Nicolas Genest, bassist André Nkouaga and drummer Denis Tchangou. While continuing her adventure with the Métis Quintet, at the beginning of 2004 she released "Lonely Woman" (Marge) by Claudine François Quartet a new 'Post Bop" album with Steve Potts (saxophone), Jean-Jacques Avenel (double bass), and John Betsch (drums)..

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