The multitalented guitarist David Chevallier forms a telepathic unit with double bassist Sébastien Boisseau and drummer Christophe Lavergne. Following a successful five concerts tour in Estonia in February 2021 with the singer Anett Tamm, the French trio comes back to the Nordic Baltic area in August 2021. Their journey starts in Finland where they perform nine concerts from August 11th to 20th, out of which three will feature the trumpetist Tomi Nikku on the brand-new program Curiosity. On August 21st they perform in Estonia with Anett Tamm. The tour will reach its final point in Latvia with four concerts from August 22nd to 27th.

David Chevallier has been one of the outstanding figures on the French creative jazz scene for many years. The trio he put together in 2013 with double bassist Sébastien Boisseau and drummer Christophe Lavergne has became a corner stone of his projects in recent years. The band started with a repertoire of revisited standards on electric guitar “Standards & Avatars”.  Praised for its fresh perspectives the trio moved on to a “Second Life” in 2016 with a new and entirely original repertoire. David Chevallier changed his electric guitar for 6 & 12-string acoustic guitars and banjo, creating a unique trio sound, a kind of imaginary jazz-folk. Eager to get a wider and more complex sound, the whole creation is subtly computer assisted. “Second Life” is a new incarnation of an inspired trio.

With the new program “Curiosity” Chevallier comes back to the electric guitar and his early teenage years, when he discovered the legendary guitarists of the ECM sound: Ralph Towner, John Abercrombie, Pat Metheny, Terje Rypdal… The French guitarist also wanted to change the sound of the group by adding a wind instrument. He explains: “I chosed the Belgian trumpeter Laurent Blondiau because he carries within him an exact synthesis of what I was looking for, combining lyricism and great freedom in the practice of improvisation. For these concerts in Finland, we will have the pleasure to collaborate with the young talented Tomi Nikku who will also perform with us at the Nevers Jazz Festival in November 2021.”

Brought up in a family of musicians, David Chevallier studied classical guitar and became deeply fascinated by the idea of composing and the notion of improvisation in jazz. In his early years he made a name playing with jazzmen such as Laurent Dehors, Patrice Caratini and John Taylor. He founded his own musical company, the SonArt, which explores the possibilities of creating stimulating bridges between very different musical worlds. He is particularly interested in creating meeting points between baroque music and contemporary jazz. Through these musical emotions, he adopted the theorbo and the baroque guitar which he uses both to play Björk songs and to play in continuo.  But rest assured, David Chevallier has not however discarded the electric guitar nor jazz!

David Chevallier, Sébastien Boisseau, Christophe Lavergne (c) Anne Magouët

Tour program in Finland, Estonia and Latvia from August 11th to 27th
Wed 11/08 Kotka, Merikeskus Vellamo / Kotka Jazz*
Thu 12/08 Janakkala, Keltainen talo / cooperation with Kumu drums
Fri 13/08 Äänekoski, Wille olohuone ja keittiö
Sat 14/08 Mänttä-Vilppula, Serlachius-museo Gösta
Sun 15/08 Pori, Validi Karkia -Klubi
Mon 16/08 Helsinki, Hakasalmen Huvila / jaZZanti*
Tue 17/08 Savonlinna, Kulttuurikellari / Olavin Jazz
Wed 18/08 Joensuu, Pakkahuone /Jazzkerho 76
Fri 20/08 Turku, Turun konservatorio ja musiikkiopisto*
David Chevallier trio Curiosity with Tomi Nikku
Sat 21/08 Haapsalu, Liivia Leškin gallery / The Ophelia Songbook, with Anett Tamm
Sun 22/08 Cesvaine Castle (District of Madona)
Tue 24/08 Grasi orphan house / workshop
Wed 25/08 Preili, Cultural Centre / concert
Thu 26/08 Daugavpils, Theater of Union
Fri 27/08 Luznava Manor House

David Chevallier trio 
David Chevallier, acoustic 6 & 12 string guitars, banjo, laptop / electric guitar on “Curiosity”
Sébastien Boisseau,  double bass
Christophe Lavergne, drums

David Chevallier “Curiosity”
in quartet with Tomi Nikku, trumpet

David Chevallier trio & Anett Tamm “The Ophelia Songbook”
With Anett Tamm, vocals
Lyrics by Kyrie Kristmanson

The blog of the tour:
Blog | Le SonArt

Tomi Nikku – trumpet player, composer, educator

David Chevallier trio & Anett Tamm, Estonian tour in February 2021


Tour production: Lune de trois
Tour Booking and management: Vapaat äänet
Tour support:  French Institute of Finland,  French Institute of Latvia, Institut Français/Ville de Nantes,  CNM Centre National de La Musique, Préfet des Pays de la Loire, Département de Loire Atlantique, Sacem, France Relance, AJC – Association Jazzé Croisé
In partnership with Kumu drums