Clarinetist Louis Sclavis, violonist Dominique Pifarély and Cellist Vincent form a super trio of chamber jazz. These major figures in contemporary French creative music will hit the Finnish and Baltic roads from October 3rd to 16th. Their journey starts in Finland with five concerts, continues in Latvia with three concerts and ends in Estonia with five more concerts.

The album Asian Fields Variations released on ECM in 2017 marks the first time that clarinettist Louis Sclavis, violinist Dominique Pifarély and cellist Vincent Courtois, long-time colleagues, have recorded as a trio. All three are major figures in contemporary French creative music: this is a new group with a lot of history. Sclavis and Pifarély have played together in diverse contexts for 35 years, Sclavis and Courtois for 20 years. As one can hear on the recording, they have retained the capacity to surprise each other – and their listeners – as improvisers. Alertness and freshness are key qualities here. “We’re always drawing also on a lot of different playing experiences. And those experiences are reflected in what we write, and what we play. We’re continually bringing new things to the project, and we keep going deeper.”

If the instrumentation – clarinet, violin, cello – implies a chamber music orientation, each of the players has his own compositional signature, however, with Dominique Pifarély’s pieces being perhaps the most rigorously “written” here. The balance of composition and improvisation, Sclavis notes, was also readjusted in the course of the recording session, produced by Manfred Eicher, at Studios La Buissone in Pernes-les-Fontaines in the South of France September 2017.

Vincent Courtois, Louis Sclavis, Dominique Pifarély (c) Jean-Baptiste Millot

Louis Sclavis clarinets
Dominique Pifarély violin
Vincent Courtois cello

Tour program from October 3rd to 16th
FINLAND kiertuetiedote suomeksi
Sun 03/10/2021 Joensuu, Konservatorion sali
Mon 04/10/2021 Helsinki, Hakasalmen Huvila / jaZZanti /with Kari Ikonen solo
Tue 05/10/2021 Loimaa, Taidetalo
Wed 06/10/2021 Seinäjoki, Kalevan

Fri 08/10/2021 Madona, Cultural Centre
Sat 09/10/2021 Luznava Manor House
Mon 11/10/2021 Saldus, Music School / Cancelled

ESTONIA / presented by Eesti Kontsert
Tue 12/10/2021 Pärnu Concert Hall
Wed 13/10/2021 Kuressaare Cultural Centre
Thu 14/10/2021 Tallinn, Town Hall
Fri 15/10/2021 Tartu, Vanemuise Concert Hall
Sat 16/10/2021 Jõhvi Concert Hall

Tour production: Archipels – Cie Dominique Pifarély
Tour booking and tour managing: Vapaat äänet
Tour support: French Institutes of Finland, Latvia and Estonia, ministère de la Culture DRAC Nouvelle Aquitaine, AJC – Association Jazzé Croisé, Spedidam

Asian Fields variations – album on ECM Records (2017)

Archipels – cie Dominique Pifarély