Richard Galliano New Jazz Musette Quartet

Copenhagen Jazz festival 2018

Tuesday 10 July 2018 at 20:00 The Queens Hall

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The French accordionist Richard Galliano, like no one else, has explored the potential of the instrument and further developed its traditional expression, providing a refreshing new approach with French jazz

Richard Galliano feels a great love and respect for French musical traditions, particularly the musette waltz, which offers him great inspiration, but which he also takes to new, modern destinations. In his new interpretation of the genre he combines his sources of inspiration from jazz, blues, tango and Brazilian music. All these sources are welded together via his love of a good melody that forms a thread throughout music that otherwise ranges wide in terms of feelings and moods.

 Richard Galliano began playing the accordion at the early age of four, instruction coming from his father, Lucien Galliano, who also mastered the instrument, and this sparked off a long and colourful career that has taken him far and wide in terms of genre. He has recorded more than 50 albums and played alongside such legends as Chet Baker, Gary Burton and Ron Carter.

After having written, played and published music for 30 years, he decided a couple of years ago to take stock of his own life as an artist and marked his standpoint with the album New Jazz Musette, which once and for all underlined his eternally creative and enthusiastic approach to jazz.

Hear him talk about the emergence of the album along with excerpts from the music here.

The quartet consists of:

Richard Galliano, accordion

Jean-Marie Écay, guitar

Yaron Stavi, bass

Jean-Christophe Galliano, drums