Raphaël Imbert, saxophonist and jazz composer, recipient of a ‘Villa Médicis hors les murs’ award for his research into sacred music and jazz, who won the 28th national jazz competition at La Défense in 2005 with his ensemble Newtopia. Selfmade man, Raphaël Imbert started jazz at Marseille Conservatory with Philippe Renault and met there regional musicians with whom he plays regularly (Emile Atsas, Jean-Luc Difraja, Vincent Lafont, Pierre Fenichel…). He wins with Jean-Jacques Élangué the first price of Marseille Conservatory and creates 2 groups “Hemlé orchestra” and " Atsas imbert consort", with whom he will play in numerous festivals (Vienne, Nice, Fiesta des Suds, Théâtre des Salins…). He develops his taste for composition and the most eclectic musical situations. He creates a vision of music and jazz connected to spirituality very essential to the jazzman approach. For this purpose, he creates « Nine Spirit » to play “sacred music” of Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler and others, and to produce shows which are inspired by powerful texts written by Théodore Monod, Amadou Hampatê Bâ, Martin Luther King … Raphaël Imbert worked on a study focused on the Sacred in Jazz and becomes recipient of Villa Médicis Hors Les Murs, managed by AFAA and the french foreign affairs ministry which enabled him to stay in New York during october 2003. Raphaël Imbert develops many teaching project in Marseille Conservatory, at Festival Cluny and Fai’art. He belongs to the Orchestre National de Jazz administration board since september 2004 and wins the 28th national jazz competition at La Défense in 2005 with his ensemble Newtopia. He writes music for cinema and television for Philippe Carrése et Isabelle Boni-Claverie projects.
Heavens - Amadeus & The Duke
Label: Jazz Village
Distribution in France: harmonia mundi
Release date: February 26, 2013
This prject creates an exciting bridge between Western classical music and African-American music. With his band of virtuosos, Raphaël Imbert weaves together the common themes in the worlds of Ellington and Mozart. Making each echo to the other’s sound, he conjoins them in a musical marriage which brilliantly merges their work. Heavens is an immense modern jam session, drawing on eclectic mutlicultural sources : blues, chamber music, secular song, German lied, sacred music, stomp, gospel, opera… Driven by improvisation and a swinging momentum, the saxophonist reveals the genius of these two great Masters. In Heavens, the music lover is raised to a rainbow paradise where the hearts of jazz and classical music collide and beat together, and where music is as much a state of mind as a question of style. How happy are we to experience the union of this trinity !
Live au Tracteur
Label: Zigzag Territoires/Outhere Music
Release date: March 17, 2011
After his New_York Project, which excited much attention in the press in 2009, Raphaël Imbert again draws his inspiration from the Afro-American tradition and his personal experiences based on cultural exchange and his own Provençal roots.
On his return from a month of musical exploration of Dixieland, that other key environment of American jazz, and his research into the workings of improvisation (a project under the auspices of IMPROTECH – CNRS, EHESS, LAHIC, IRCAM), Raphaël Imbert took up residence at ‘Le Tracteur’, a restaurant and exchange forum in the Upper Provence countryside, in order to record with his quartet his new suite USUITE, a document of his journey to the American South, with Joe Martin, Gerald Cleaver, and Stéphane Caracci on vibraphone.
‘A South that cultivates curious resemblances with “my” South, the Provence region, in its relationship with rurality, its shared culture of town and country, its distrust of a North seen as historically implacable and offensive, and a tradition of oral exchange which has retained its musical particularities in the USA to a much greater extent than in France.’ – Raphaël Imbert
Raphaël Imbert offers us here a new composition steeped in these varied experiences.
Label: Zig Zag Territoires
Distribution in France: Harmonia Mundi
Release date: September 01, 2009
omposing plus his meeting with two American jazzmen, Joe Martin on double bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums, have been a catharsis for Raphael Imbert, transforming his vision of jazz by injecting new inspiration into his relationship with its history and imagination.
This American CD is a manifesto of that committed jazz, the hallmark of the true jazzman’s quest for sense: from the drums of Ellington’s Harlem to his evocation of John Zorn leader of the New York underground, via The Cloisters, a tribute to Albert Ayler, the pulse and throb of New York, to a meditation of Coltrane on Central Park West.
- March 26: Grasse, France - Théâtre de Grasse
- April 05: Château-Arnoux, France - Théâtre Durance
- April 06: Barcelonnette, France - El Zocalo
- April 13: St Maxime, France - Le Carré Gaumont
- May 28: Baux-de-Provence, France - Château
- May 31: Marseille, France - Meson
- June 01: Marseille, France - Meson
- June 02: Arles, France - Musée Départemental de l'Arles Antique
- June 05: Paris, France - Sunside
- June 14: Châteauvallon, France - Archie Shepp Big Band
- June 15: Marseille, France - Théâtre du Gymnase
- June 17: Lyon, France - Les Nuits de Fourvière, Archie Shepp Big Band
- July 05: Vitrolles, France -Domaine de Fontblanche, Le Moulin à Jazz
- July 06: Manosque, France -Théâtre Jean le Bleu, Mediterranean Charlie Orchestra
- July 07: Saint-Martin-de-Crau, France - Etang des Aulnes, Mediterranean Charlie Orchestra
- July 13: Puimichel, France - Jazz Agricole Day
- July 18: Gent, Belgium - Jazz Festival
- July 25: Marseille, France – Palais Longchamp Festival Jazz des 5 Continents, Archie Shepp Big Band
- August 31: Tournai, Belgium - Les Rencontres Inattendues