Splitter Orchester / Cécile McLorin Salvant Quartet / Vincent Peirani

Vincent Peirani, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Splitter Orchester

Vincent Peirani, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Splitter Orchester

© Sylvain Gripoix, John Abbott, Kai Bienert

Past Dates

Artist talk with Émile Parisien and Julia Kadel
Moderation: Nadin Deventer
Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Kassenhalle

Formed in 2010, Splitter Orchester consists of 24 Berlin-based improvisers involved in the Echtzeitmusik movement. Their founders are Clare Cooper, Clayton Thomas and Gregor Hotz, and the musicians represent many different countries of origin and several disciplines. Tonight they will give the world première of a piece by George Lewis, the celebrated American composer and trombonist. Born in Chicago in 1952, Lewis is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. He has worked with many ensembles, including the Globe Unity Orchestra and the Instant Composers Pool Orchestra, as well as collaborating with such individuals as Anthony Braxton, Laurie Anderson, Frederic Rzewski, Wadada Leo Smith and Evan Parker. He and has been a professor at Columbia University in New York since 2004.

The child of a French mother and a Haitian father, Cécile McLorin Salvant was born in 1989 in Miami, Florida, where she grew up. She studied at the Darius Milhaud Conservatory in Aix-en-Provence and at the age of 20 her precocious originality and creativity were recognised when she won first prize in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Her album “WomanChild”, released in 2013, was nominated for a Grammy for the best jazz vocal album, and she topped no fewer than four categories in the 2015 “DownBeat” critics’ poll. She is a regular performer with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. In the “New York Times”, the critic Ben Ratliff called her “the latest answer to the question of what jazz has to do with you”. Her new album, containing a mixture of new and rediscovered material, is titled “For One to Love”.

With his appearance as a member of Daniel Humair’s quartet last year, celebrating the festival’s 50th anniversary, the French accordion virtuoso Vincent Peirani showed that he has created a bold and wonderfully inventive new jazz voice for an old instrument. The swift return of Peirani symbolises the beginning of the festival’s second half-century. Born in Nice in 1980, he began playing the instrument at the age of 11 and went on to study at the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieure in Paris. His quintet – whose album, “Living Being”, was released this year – includes the saxophonist Émile Parisien, also a member of Humair’s group. In 2015 Peirani won two awards at the ECHO Prize, as an individual musician and for his duo with Parisien, and was named the artist of the year in the Victoires du Jazz awards.

Splitter Orchester
George Lewis
Creative Construction Set™ (2015) WP
World premiere
Supported by initiative neue musik berlin e.V.

Liz Allbee trumpet
Boris Baltschun electronics
Burkhard Beins percussion
Anthea Caddy cello
Anat Cohavi clarinet
Werner Dafeldecker double bass
Mario De Vega electronics
Axel Dörner trumpet
Kai Fagaschinski clarinet
Robin Hayward tuba
Steve Heather percussion
Chris Heenan bass clarinet
George Lewis trombone, electronics
Magda Mayas clavinet
Matthias Müller trombone
Andrea Neumann inside piano
Morten J. Olsen percussion
Simon J. Phillips piano
Julia Reidy guitar
Ignaz Schick turntables, objects
Michael Thieke clarinet
Clayton Thomas double bass
Sabine Vogel flutes
Biliana Voutchkova violin
Marta Zapparoli field recordings, tapes
Kassian Troyer sound engineer

Cécile McLorin Salvant Quartet
Fred Nardin piano
Lawrence Leathers drums
Paul Sikivie double bass
Cécile McLorin Salvant vocals

Vincent Peirani
Living Being

Julien Herné double bass
Émile Parisien saxophone
Tony Paeleman fender rhodes
Vincent Peirani accordion
Yoann Serra drums

World premiere Creative Construction Set™ by Splitter Orchester / George Lewis supported by

initiative neue musik berlin e. V.