Éric Séva

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Biography

Séva, an internationally acclaimed French saxophonist, owes his creative thirst to a singular personal journey. Unsurprisingly, his compositions illustrate his constant need to cross-pollinate and interbreed styles and cultures. Memories also hold a place of importance in Eric’s music, in a constantly evolving personal world marked by his travels.

Eric inherited this love of new horizons from his father. A musician at heart, Séva Sr. worked as ametal turner in a factory during the week and traded his overalls for a stage costume on the weekend at local dances. Music was so much at the heart of Eric’s education that picking up an instrument seemed natural, and his father presented him with a recorder in 1969, at the tender age of five. By the mid seventies, Eric has traded his flute for a saxophone. This buoyant period saw the aspiring musician hone his melodic and harmonic skills with his father’s band in local dance halls while pursuing classical studies at the Paris School of Music.

When most artists close their ears to popular tunes, Eric saw them as a way to communicate, as an inspiration that nourished his composing skills, eventually helping him launch his career in the jazz field at the end of his school curriculum. Cartoonist Jean Cabu, one of the victims of the recent Charlie Hebdo killings who happened to be a neighbor of the Séva’s at the
time, was instrumental in perfecting Eric’s jazz education. Eric’s encounter with Dave Liebman in 1989 was another decisive moment in his life. Within months, he had moved to New York in order to learn under the saxophone master who comforted him in his vision of the universality of music. Eric Séva has followed this motto ever since, while remaining faithful to his love of dance and rhythm when he writes. Although improvised music clearly was his priority — as proved his tenure with the French National Jazz Orchestra from 2005 to 2008 —, Eric used the studio as a proving ground, appearing on dozens of albums by the likes of Didier Lockwood, Chris Réa, Thomas Fersen, David Krakauer, Celine Dion, Henri Salvador, Michel Legrand, Sylvain Luc, Khalil Chahine, as well as international pop sensation Zaz with whom he recently made a world tour.

Eric’s interest in jazz has always been stirred by his love of freedom and hybridization. Eric typically widened his creative spectrum in 2005 when he recorded his first album, Folklores imaginaires, in which he explored the art of composing and improvising to the tune of his interior rhythm. His next recording, Espaces croisés, was hailed by critics four years later; Eric daringly showcased in it his mastery of the whole sax family, from the soprano to the baritone, asserting his creative independence in the way he projected his sound.

Several projects have followed since: Danse avec Bartók, Confluence (a translation for quartet and symphonic orchestra of Eric’s desire to trigger a fruitful confrontation between the jazz and classical worlds), the Nomade sonore album (2015), which reminds us that its creator is a traveler at heart; in the near future, a tribute to the blues that will showcase Eric’s wish to reincarnate the blue note and its heritage.

Like the world of dreams, Eric’s musical realm is a translation of his imagination that transcends his relationship with the listener, making it possible for audiences to travel in his wake. And travel they do, with blissful glee.

Sebastian Danchin

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Nouvel album

Adeo, un album produit par le label Laborie Jazz et exploité sous licence par Les Z’arts de Garonne.

Album ADEO Éric Séva
Adeo

Mardi 15 novembre 2022 à 20h30

Studio l'Ermitage, Paris

« Cet album, formidablement bien agencé du début à la fin, propose une narration musicale cohérente et fortement émouvante, autour de différents voyages évoqués par des paysages sonores portés par une musique de chambre acoustique, élégante et sophistiquée. »

Eric SÉVA • saxophones ténor, soprano, compositions, arrangements

Nicolas FARGEIX • clarinette basse

Philippe HANON • Basson

David VAINSOT • Violon alto

Grégoire KORNILUK • Violoncelle

Kevin REVEYRAND • Basse

Francis ARNAUD • Batterie, cajón

Invité spécial Olivier KER OURIO • harmonica