Sandro Zerafa and Friends
Sandro Zerafa – jazz guitar
Sandro Zerafa is one of the most active guitarists on the Paris jazz scene. Graduate of the Lyons Conservatory he is winner of several awards at La Defense jazz contest and is a founder member of the Parisian based jazz musicians’ collective and recording label – Paris Jazz Underground. He has recorded 4 award-winning albums as a leader and 15 albums as a sideman. He has performed and recorded with musicians as diverse as Chico Buarque, Manu Katché, Laurent Coq, Yonathan Avishai, Youn Sun Nah, Sergio Krakowski, André Ceccarelli, Stjepko Gut, amongst others. He has performed extensively in France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Brazil, S.Korea, Germany, Poland, Turkey, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, Morocco and the UK. He is artistic director of the Malta Jazz Festival since 2009.
“The kind of jazz that does not build walls but creates bridges”
Alex Dutilh, FRANCE MUSIQUE
“Zerafa asserts himself as a refined, bright and elegant guitarist with a sort of winning lyricism”
JAZZ MAGAZINE ****
“Not even one second of boredom in this album where everything converges towards beauty”
JAZZ NEWS “Indispensable”
“Besides his undeniable talent as a guitarist, Sandro Zerafa also confirms that he is an inspired composer.”
“The image of jazz today”
Jean-Yves Chaperon, RTL
Olivier Zanot – alto saxophone
Olivier was born in 1973 in Sainte-Foy-les-Lyon (Bouches-du-Rhône). He is a graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse in Paris, obtaining his Premier Prix in 1998. Olivier quickly imposed himself on the Parisian jazz scene as one of the most unique voices on alto saxophone. Olivier possesses a remarkable versatility and is at ease in traditional contexts as in more contemporary outfits. His discography boasts projects as diverse as the Laurent Coq Blowing Trio, the Vintage Orchestra, Karl Jannuska group, the Petr Zelenka quartet, the Pierre Christophe quartet. He has performed worldwide (Japan, France, Brazil, Portugal, Czech Republic, Malta etc.) in a variety of contexts. He is currently teaching at the Conservatory of Pontault-Combault / Roissy-en-Brie and is a member of the collective Paris Jazz Underground.
Olivia Gutherz – viola da gamba
Olivia was born in 1984 in Nîmes, France. She commenced her violoncello studies in Bourg-la-Reine with Diana Ligeti, later on furthering her studies in baroque music at the Köln Hochschule für Musik in Rainer Zipperling’s class, obtaining her Masters degree in 2011. Olivia also studied viola da gamba with Philippe Pierlot at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels. She also attended several masterclasses with Paolo Pandolfo, Emmanuel Balssa, Mariann Muller, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Léonardo Garcia Alarcon (Académie Ambronay 2012). Olivia has performed worldwide together with various orchestral ensembles (Les Talens Lyriques, le Palais Royal, l’ensemble Zaïs, les Surprises) and chamber music ensembles such as the Ensemble Sépia and the Quatuor Manyways. She currently teaches at the Atelier de Feuillantines in Paris and she works regularly on pedagogical programmes for the orchestra class of the Talens Lyrique ensemble.
Sophie Charpentier – harpsichord
Following studies in France with Joël Pontent and Françoise Lengellé, and in Geneva with Christiane Jaccottet at the Conservatoire Supérieur, where she obtained a Médaille d’or in harpsichord and a Prix d’Excellence in recorder, Sophie started working in choral conducting. Her career as a harpsichordist and recorder player has led her to perform in various concert halls and festivals, various orchestral ensembles (Ensemble Amaryllis, Orchestre Jean-Marie Leclair, Ensemble Les Siècles, Ensemble orchestral baroque de Vaucluse) and also numerous chamber music ensembles (performing with Alexis Galperine, Christine Lacombe, Jean-Christophe Sampson and Caroline Katchatourian amongst others). As a choirmaster, Sophie has worked on a number of opera adaptations, baroque operas, various polyphonic works and contemporary compositions too. She is currently a professor in harpsichord, basso continuo and ancient music at the Conservatories of Bussy-Saint-Georges and Val d’Yerres.
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