Alban Darche
saxophonist and composer

Album after album, through an ever increasing number of line-ups and experiences, Alban Darche has been building a highly original, free-spirited and coherent body of work.
He’s the ingenious composer and leader of several bands including Le Gros Cube, a bigband featuring the finest jazz talents in France, with several albums to its name, one featuring French singer Philippe Katerine.
In addition to his personal projects, Alban Darche has worked with, amongst others, l’Orchestre National de Jazz, Le sacre du Tympan, John Hollenbeck, Samuel Blaser, Gabor Gado, Tim Berne and Driss El Maloumi…
He’s also one of the founders of the dynamic Yolk label, which has allowed a whole generation of young musicians to flourish.
An avid multidisciplinary collaborator, Alban is currently working with choreographer Nasser Martin–Gousset, director Sylvain Maurice, writer Pierre Bordage, and accordionist Sébastien Bertrand.
L’OrphiCube, his latest project, allows him to explore the links between music and visual arts through a collaboration with graphic designer Silvain Joblin.
Latest commissions:

  • La jeune fille au Saxophone, théâtre musical pour Odyssées en Yvelines (CDN 78), 2016
  • Le Tombeau de Poulenc, pour 2 pianos et orchestre de jazz, DRAC Centre et Pays de la Loire, 2015
  • Queen Bishop, pour big-band et chœur mixte, Le phénix, sc. Nat. De Valenciennes 2011
  • Pièces pédagogiques pour quatuor de saxophone et chants trad. algériens, ENM de Rezé (44) 2010
  • La Chute de la Maison Usher », théâtre musical, pour voix et 3 insts, CDN de Franche Comté 2010
  • Répertoire « Broadway in Satin » pour l’Orchestre National de Jazz, AJON 2009
  • Pièce pour brassband & solistes, pour Europa jazz festival 2008
  • Pièce pour fanfare, festival Banlieues Bleues, Commande d’Etat 2005
  • Pièce pour orchestre d’harmonie , créée à l’Europa jazz festival, 2005
  • Alban Darche has played with…
    Steve Argüelles, John Hollenbeck, Samuel Blaser, Thomas de Pourquery, Daniel Yvinec, David Chevallier, Tim Berne, Marc Ducret, Julien Lourau, Kenny Wheeler, Driss El Maloumi, Baptiste Trotignon, André Minvielle, Vincent Courtois, Katerine, Geoffroy de Masure, Evan Parker, Olivier Sens, Franck Vaillant, D’ de Kabal, Dgiz, Médéric Colligon, Stéphane Payen, Christophe Lavergne, Sylvain Rifflet, Julien Lourau, Laurent Blondiau, Eric Vloiemans, Julian Siegel, Gilles Coronado, François Thuiller, Daniel Casimir, Fred Pallem, Jeanne Added, Tom Arthurs, Didier Ithursarry, Laia Genc, Jean-Philippe Morel, Ingrid Laubrock, Jon Irabagon…

    … in numerous festivals, theatres and clubs in France :
    Banlieues Bleues, Europa Jazz Festivat , Jazz à Cluny, Jazz à Couches, Jazz au fil de l’Oise, Jazz sous les Pommiers, Jazzdor à Strasbourg, Les Rendez-Vous de l’Erdre, Nancy Jazz Pulsation, Flâneries musicales de Reims, Paris jazz Festival, Tourcoing Jazz Festival…

    … and abroad:
    Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Belgium, the Netherlands, Turkey, China, USA, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Morocco, England , Korea, Japan.



     

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