Jazz lovers are in for a treat. Alliance Française Panjim and partners present acclaimed jazz violinist Guillaume Blanc in concert at the Menezes Braganza hall on Wednesday 11 June 2014 at 7 pm. Entry is free. .
Born in 1981, Guillaue Blanc began playing the violin at age 5. He began his studies at the Conservatoire de Marseille, and then continued in the Aulnay-sous-Bois where he received his first prize in classical violin. Interested in the approach of the violin in the context of current and improvised music, he studied under the great jazz violinist Didier Lockwood.
Music lovers may well remember Didier Lockwood’s electrifying performance, also hosted by Alliance Française at the Kala Academy open air auditorium some decades ago.
Lockwood has this to say about Guillaume Blanc: “The Jazz violinists are not yet legions and Guillaume Blanc is certainly one of the best of them. In his Electric Suites project, he presents original compositions of a high and rare quality. He deserves a very bright future, so do go and listen to him!”
Based in Paris, Blanc participated in many music and film projects which led him to perform regularly in France and abroad. He made arrangements for string quartet rock band The Rabeats, and accompanying singers from worlds as diverse as soul ( Jool – Olympia 2009) or slam. In the jazz world, recognized artists such as SportoKantes, Didier Lockwood, André Ceccarelli, Louis Winsberg , have regularly invited Blanc as a soloist.
Since 2005, he has performed his own compositions in various forms: a genre of jazz open to other musical styles and subtly colored by folklore.
From 2007, he experimented collaborating with other art forms including dance, participating in the creation of the choreographic concert Ainsi soit-Elle of the company Tour de Babel. In 2009, he became interpretative musician and dancer for the duo CPK-30 ans , a choreographic piece for a dancer and a violinist (compagnie Céline Pradeu), taking charge of all the musical compositions for the show.
In 2011 he was a finalist in the Stéphane Grappelli International Jazz Violin Competition, and won the prize for “Scenic Performance.”
He possesses the State diploma as violin professor and taught at the School of Arts Marcoussis. He teaches violin and viola at several conservatories in France.
He recently composed the original music for the dance conference and solo choreography Hybrid, with the theme of shared identity between France and India, working with the choreographer Céline Pradeu-Kanagasabai (tours hosted by the Alliances Françaises of India and Sri Lanka in 2012 and 2013). He also composed the music staged plays Les Parents Terribles (Terrible parents) and Un numéro d’équilibre (A Balancing Act for the company Minuit44 (Avignon festival France in 2012 and 2013).
Today, he is mainly dedicated to two projects: Suites Magyars ., musical project combining aesthetic cross between Balkan folklore, Jazz and Classical music; and Electric Suites , electronic music-themed music for Solo Violin.
(An edited version of this article appeared in the Buzz pullout section of the Navhind Times Goa India on 7 June 2014)