28 may, 15:45 - Place de la Bourse

Emile Londonien

Coming from the Strasbourg scene and the Omezis collective which brings together around twenty artists, musicians, D’s, videographers, Emile Londonien immerses himself in the English jazz scene of the past fifteen years to offer a personal version. Trained at the Strasbourg Conservatory, the three musicians meet during themed evenings organized by the Omezis collective, co-founded by drummer Matthieu Drago. This is followed in 2020 by a studio session paying tribute to the English scene. The name of Emile Londonien, a double nod to their UK influences and to a famous French saxophonist, springs up spontaneously.

Regularly playlisted on the BBC, their first productions find an enthusiastic echo and the praises start to rain, starting with those of the influential dj and producer Gilles Peter-son himself who sees in them heirs: "I saw these guys recently live. They are a sort of celebra-tion of the last 10-15 years UK jazz scene (…) It’s a crossroads place”. Still unknown a few months earlier, the group performed at the Worldwide Festival in Sète, at the Montreux Jazz Festival in the summer of 2021 and at the Nancy Jazz Pulsations, confirming on stage all the good that one could think of them listening to them.

Influenced by Yussef Kamaal, The Comet Is Co-ming, Atjazz, SunRa, but also Ornette Coleman or Thelonious Monk and by the Broken Beat, Jazz, House, Hip Hop scenes, Emile Londoner perfectly embodies this "next gen of French jazz alongside Léon Phal, to whom they are close. Freed from labels, she mixes without complex the tradition and the current musics with the dancefloor as standard meter.

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