Bigre ! Journée Big Bands
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After ten years, six albums and a series of notable collaborations, Bigre ! have sent shockwaves through the big band scene, forever exploring the uncharted territories of contemporary jazz. Unafraid to fuse new rhythms and genres, Bigre ! take mischievous delight in breaking down the outdated barriers between musical styles.
Doing away with these musical truisms is the mastermind behind Bigre ! and the Grolektif collective, Félicien Bouchot, author of this steadfastly composite sound with so much to offer. This marriage of Cuban Rumba and complex Balkan time signatures offers glimpses of an idyllic landscape somewhere between afrobeat and metal, taking you on a stunning journey through musical hybrids.
Whether reinventing the five-step Ottoman waltz or veering into anarchic R&B, Bigre ! rejoice in taking a traditional format – a big band with convergent saxophone, trombone and trumpet sections – and playing it off against a musical vision of the utmost audacity.
The band’s tendency to never say never has seen Bigre ! take the stage at Jazz à Vienne and Francofolies de la Rochelle, as well as grace prestigious concert halls the likes of Olympia and the Salle Pleyel.
Their culture of explosive fusion has given birth to a truly transcultural breed of jazz, as unifying as it is exhilarating.