BEN RANDO | TRUE STORY
RELEASED THE 10th OF MARCH 2017
« Ben Rando proposes a musical world which prevails melodic clarity » […] « The language of contemporary jazz is developped with talent »
"A cinematographic album" FIP
« The band shifts deliciously with a bittersweet jazz, rich of bluesy inflexions [….] Rando's piano play seeps a sens of groove. » Citizen Jazz
« The subtle orchestrations of this opus overflows with bright colors and melodic inventions » Blog de Choc
« An inspiring album, Sarah Elizabeth’s words into sound images: in a cinematographic climate settles captivating complicity and improvisation in a free and intense flow » Lylo
« The writing attached to the melodie’s force gives it a pop music touch with space for free flying improvisations » Culture Jazz
« An album with rich and deep sonorities, especially contemporary » Jazz Radio
« Creator of a true contemporary jazz universe, Ben Rando os not only a composer, but also a pianist virtuoso » La Provence
In 2016 , the pianist Ben Rando brings together a team of exceptional musicians to deliver his «True Story», first album in his own name.
Fascinated by classical music of the XXth century and also keening folk and pop music, he signs a jazz album resolutely contemporaneous with a modern sound carried by intimist and profound atmospheres.
Passionate by singing and built by previous successes with experienced vocalists, he chooses to give a key position at Sarah Elizabeth Charles pure and vibrant voice who also writes the album lyrics.
Ben Rando’s music is at a crossroads, taking the risk to mix simple musical forms and harmonic richness, linking these two worlds through the universal language of jazz.
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Ben Rando | piano, composition
Sarah Elizabeth Charles | Vocals, lyrics
Yacine Boularès | saxophones
Federico Casagrande | guitar
Sam Favreau | double bass
Cédrick Bec | drums
04.03 CRI DU PORT, Marseille
04.04 IMFP, Salon de Provence
04.05 NEW MORNING, Paris
04.06 MAGIC MIRRORS, Istres
05.08 NANJING, CHINA
05.09 HEFEI, CHINA
05.10 GUANGZHOU, CHINA
05.11 GUANGZHOU, CHINA
05.12 BEIJING, CHINA
05.13 BEIJING, CHINA
07.11 Festival Nocturnes Ste-Victoire
Live at New Morning, Paris
April the 5th 2017
Ben rando | Piano, composition
Bach is his first meet with music at the age of 8 : before he learns solfege, his father shows him how to reproduce this music on keyboard.
At the age of 17, he leaves high school and chooses to dedicate his life to music. He is trained at lMFP and then in Marseille and Paris conservatories where he learns writing for Big band and improves his theoretical and pianistic knowledge.
In 2006 he founds the Dress Code quintet with Yacine Boularès, Olivier Laisney, Cédrick Bec and Simon Tailleu.
Together they record the album FAR AWAY prefaced by the New-Yorker saxophonist Chris Cheek. The disc is nominated « Revelation » by Jazz Magazine.
« The pianist Ben Rando is a key pillar on the band. »
« A sound and a group cohesion of an absolute perfection with millimitered compositions and solos. “
From 2007 he discovers new improvisation forms by joining the project Anitya, a pluridisciplinarity band gathering musicians, dancers and actors for improvised performances directed by a gestual language called Soundpainting (Festival d’Avignon, residencies at Studio de l’Ermitage (Paris), radiophonic creations for France culture...) This experience allows him to develop his musical language and set free from musical conventions.
In 2008 the collaboration with the trumpet player Florent Briqué brings him to electric music also nourished by improvisation and jazz. Together they will often perform in China on prestigious stages (Hong-Kong International Jazz Festival, JZ Shanghai Music Festival, Hunan Grand Theater…)
In 2011 he is called to produce music to image. He produces several sound illustration albums with G-Sound label and writes music for different short films. He conceiveshis own studio for which he becomes a selftaught sound ingenior.
In 2013 he composes and produces the Original sound track of the full length movie Merci les jeunes (Réal. J.Polidor)
At the same period, he densifies his activity of « sideman » and composer by joining different scenic and discographic musical, dance, theater and audiovisual projects.
He co-writes and produces what will become the first publication of the label : Days & moods by the french english singer Anna Farrow. («Must TSF JAZZ», Le MONDE selection,...)
SARAH ELIZABETH CHARLES | VOCALS, LYRICS
«Ms. Charles has a soulfully articulate vocal style, a mix of strong projection and subtle detail.
The New York Times
«...Genre of one...Charles may just be taking command of the studio, but she is fully in control, and figures to be for a very long time.»
Sarah Elizabeth Charles is a rising vocalist/composer based in New York City. She has worked and studied with artists such as George Cables, Geri Allen, Nicholas Payton, Sheila Jordan, Jimmy Owens and Carmen Lundy and released her debut record, “Red” in September of 2012 with her band the S.E.Charles Quartet.
As the active vocalist in a number of bands (including AJOYO, Manner Effect, Transient Beings and Enoch Smith Jr.’s “Misfits”), Sarah has performed at many venues throughout her career.
These venues have included The White House, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Gillette Stadium as a National Anthem singer for the New England Patriots, the Bern International Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Blue Note NYC and the Rose Theatre with Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Sarah’s sophomore project, “Inner Dialogue”, released March 24th, 2015 on Truth Revolution Records, features her band along with co-producer/special guest Christian Scott.
En 2015, elle sort son album « Inner Dialogue”, chez Truth Revolution Records, co-produit par le trompettiste Christian Scott.
YACINE BOULARÈS | SAXOPHONES
Yacine Boulares is a French-Tunisian saxophonist, clarinetist and composer based in New York.
Leader of the band AJOYO, a mystic brew of African tradition, jazz and soul, he's also played with many great musicians such as Ran Blake, Tabou Combo, Sheila Jordan, Theo Bleckman, Becca Stevens and for various projects such as Japanese singer/songwriter Senri Oe (3 albums for Sony Japan).
In 2014 he is part of an intimate band picked by producer and arranger Robert Sadin to accompany Opera legend Placido Domingo on his remarkable record Encanto Del Mar.
In 2015 his trio project with Vincent Segal and Nasheet Waits is granted the French American Jazz Exchange.
FEDERICO CASAGRANDE | GUITAR
Paris based jazz guitarist Federico Casagrande started in early age the study of classical music in Italy.
In 2003 he moved on a scholarship to Boston, U.s.a., where he attended the Berklee College of Music and graduated summa cum laude in 2006.
He studied with Giampaolo Gobbo, Sandro Gibellini, Tommaso Lama, Dave Tronzo, Mick Goodrick, Rick Peckham, Greg Hopkins, Jeff Galindo, Garrison Fewell, Dave Santoro, Hal Crook, Ed Tomassi
In 2007 he won the first prize at the Gibson Montreux Jazz Festival Guitar Competition with George Benson president of the jury.
He released 11 records as leader or co-leader.
He performed in Italy, U.S.A., Canada, Denmark, Austria, Estland, Latvia, Portugal, Switzerland, France, U.K., China, Taiwan, South Korea, Belgium, Ukraina, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Germany.
SAM FAVREAU | BASS, Double Bass
Born in 1983 in the south of France, his father taught him very young the percus- sions of West Africa. At 9 years old he took guitar lessons, and started to learn drums and bass self-taught.
Later on, he got the first prize uninamously in 2006 at Marseille’s music academy. Along the way, he multiplied experiences and his influences diversified over the years (Funk, jazz-rock, pop or latin music.)
Sam Favreau has been involved in many projects, mostly jazz, as a double bass player and some- times as a composer or arranger. He has also performed in concerts with André Ceccarelli, Archie Schepp, Liz Mc Comb and many others.
CÉDRICK BEC | DRUMS
Graduate from conservatory of marseille in 2002, he’s now among the most active and versatile french young druller of his generation.
Performing in numeros european jazz clubs and festivals with great artists such as Yaron Herman, Ambrose Akinmusire, Logan Richardson, Ben Aronov... and having re- corded on a doezn of CDs, he continues to share music in many bands with the same soulfull and exiting drumming...