George Gershwin revisited by a phenomenal clarinet and piano duo from France. In their intimate interplay Jean-Marc Foltz and Stéphan Oliva reinterpret the master of the ultramarine blue in magnificent night music that breathes and resonates with silence. Ten year after his first septentrional visit with Vision Fugitive program, the French duo comes back to the Nordic-Baltic area for an extended tour which will get started in Finland on September 20th-29th, will continue in Estonia on October 1st-8th and will end in Latvia on October 9th-13th.

Stephan Oliva, Jean-Marc Foltz – photo by Maxime Francois

The album GERSHWIN has been released on Vision Fugitive -records on May 2016:
Clearly, a George Gershwin tribute recording doesn’t just come down to a selection of celebrated standards played by accomplished musicians emulating his style. More so than with any other repertoire, a deep understanding of his rich harmonies, keen awareness of his history – making music that never gets old sound new again – and singular savvy to eschew every jazz cliché in the book while respecting tradition is paramount. Clarinettist Jean-Marc Foltz and pianist Stéphan Oliva have been cultivating these three distinctive qualities for over a decade.

The whole liner notes by Gilles Torjdman.

Jean-Marc Foltz
clarinet, bass clarinet (Fr)
Stéphan Oliva piano (Fr)

Finnish-Baltic Tour program – September-October 2019
FINLAND kiertuetiedote suomeksi
Fri 20/09 Vantaa, Koivupää Soi
Sat 21/09 Riihimäki, Riihimäen taidemuseo
Sun 22/09 Joensuu, taidemuseo Onni / Jazzkerho -76 ry
Mon 23/09 Vantaa, Koivupää Soi
Tue 24/09 Loimaa, Taidetalo
Wed 25/09 Turku, Turun seudun musiikkiopisto
Thu 26/09 Pori / Validi Karkia -klubi
Sat 28/09 Mänttä, Serlachius-museo Gösta
Sun 29/09 Seinäjoki, pääkirjasto / Jazzoikoon!
ESTONIA * presented by Eesti Kontsert / in collaboration with the French Institute of Estonia
Tue 01/10 Viljandi, Pärimusmuusika Ait
Wed 02/10 Kuressaare kultuurikeskus
Thu 03/10 Pärnu Konserdimaja*
Fri 04/10 Jõhvi Konserdimaja*
Sat 05/10 Tallinn, Raekoda*
Sun 06/10Tartu, Vaenmuise Concert Hall*
Mon 07/10 Paide, Muusika- ja Teatrimaja*
Tue 08/10 Võru Kannel
LATVIA in collaboration with the French Institute of Latvia
Wed 09/10 Oleri Manor House
Thu 10/10 Riga, Ziemelblazma
Fri 11/10 Madona, House of Culture
Sat 12/10 Luznava Manor
Sun 13/10 Preili, House of Culture

Tour production: TAKLIT / Management : Wanbliprod
Tour booking and managing : Vapaat äänet
Tour support: Adami, AJC, Institut Francais, Spedidam

Album on Vision Fugitive record label (incl. biographies, photos, reviews):