Rhizottome* brings together Armelle Dousset on accordion and Matthieu Metzger on sopranino saxophone, with the goal to get back to their roots and so improve innovation. The French duo offers an exhilarating and challenging live experience, generous concerts which may even turn into a dance party. Their rare extensive tour in the Baltics celebrates the Francophonie during three weeks. Starting on February 28th in Finland, it takes them to Estonia and Latvia from March 3rd to 11th, and back to Finland till March 20th.

Rhizottome plays and expands upon themes of traditional music – exploding them into improvised flights in order to « re-compose » them in different and challenging ways. Armelle Dousset and Matthieu Metzger create a remarkable dialogue between the accordion and the sopranino saxophone, a soft and harmonious alliance of timbre and precision. Their music is at once both sensitive and energetic – jumping from sweet and subtle passages one moment to twisted and chaotic passages the next. Their fascinating exchange brings out a continuous flow of new stories and new dances.

Armelle and Matthieu started their duo in 2008. At first, they played in the streets, at dancing parties with a repertoire based on neo-traditional tunes and also some classical melodies (Rameau, Telemann, Schubert…). Through the years they have composed their own music, which they mostly perform nowadays, in concert halls, theatres, festivals… They have recorded two albums released by NoMadMusic. Rhizottome has performed in France, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Japan and Korea.

* Rhizot(t)ome comes from an ancient French word which names the “root cutter”

photos by Vladimir Aliard

photos by Matthieu Vladimir Alliard

Tour program from February 28th to March 20th

Finland kiertuetiedote suomeksi
Tue 28/02 Salo, Art Museum Veturitalli
Wed 01/03 Riihimäki, Vihreätalo
Thu 02/03 Espoo, Sellosali / also Unissakävelijät

Estonia and Latvia
Fri 03/03 Tallinn, Philly Joe’s / Jazzkaar’s Winter Season / Estonia
Sat 04/03 Viljandi, Parimusmuusikka Ait / Estonia
Sun 05/03 Oleri, Manor House / Latvia
Tue 07/03 Tartu, ERM Estonian National Museum/ Estonia
Wed 08/03 Preili, House of Culture / Latvia
Thu 09/03  Koceni, Cultural Centre/ Latvia
Fri 10/03 Liepaja, Promenade / Latvia
Sat 11/03 Cēcis Concert Hall / Latvia

Finland kiertuetiedote suomeksi
Mon 13/03 Kerava, Library
Tue 14/03 Loimaa, Taidetalo
Wed 15/03 Joensuu, Pakkahuone
Thu 16/03 Äänekoski, Wille
Fri 17/03 Oulainen, Kulmajazz
Sat 18/03 Vimpeli, Ylisuutarinkoti
Sun 19/03  Pori, Porin Pääkirjasto / Validi Karkia klubi
Mon 20/03 Turku, Turun seudun musiikkiopisto


L’Amaranthe and Rhizottome, label NoMadMusic:

Biography of Armelle Dousset
Biography of Matthieu Metzger

Tour Support: Adami, Sacem, Institut Francais
In collaboration with the French Institute of Estonia and the French Institute of Latvia
Tour Production: Nemo Music www.nemomusic.com
Tour booking and tour managing: Vapaat äänet