Corinne Francais

Singer, composer (Bossa Jazz), author, guitarist and arranger (polyphony, SATB, brass).

As a professional, Corinne has experimented in a wide variety of musical styles ranging from funk to jazz (performing in duets, quartets and vocal groups) and improvisation (especially with a company of contemporary dance). She sang in a nonet choir with Michelle Hendricks (the opening act for the Ray Charles Show) and has participated in three CD's: "D'Asie et d'ailleurs" with the vocal jazz group SCATSY, "Cycladapoulos" in the duet cello and voice "l'une et l'autre"; "Matounoir" in the duet, guitar and voice.
Corinne learned through participation at the Jazz Action Montpellier and then with professional jazz singers Michelle Hendricks and Roger Letson . She was taught to improvise by Denis Badault and Laurent Dehors.
She uses a variety of teaching methods derived from bodily techniques such as breathing, "ancrage", spatial awareness, timbre quality and the ability to create a presence.
For many years she has been giving short courses which include vocal techniques, interpretation and rounds. Corinne leads jazz workshops in swing, free improvisation and scat in Paris, Montpellier and Switzerland.
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Pierre Palmarini

Pierre is a self taught guitarist. He started in 1972 trying to replicate the guitar sounds of the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, etc. During this time his skills and style as a guitarist developed and he went on to study the techniques of the best French and US musicians such as Joe Diozio, Pat Metheny, Ted Greene, John Scofield, Joe Baron, Harvey Schwarts, etc...
The 1980's was an intense period of improvement for Pierre. He played with pop artists and dance bands. Later he experimented and performed in a number of clubs, jazz and "musique actuelle"festivals . In 1998 he was the opening act in the Dee Dee Bridgewater Show. Pierre has also performed in the United States in Colorado and California.
Pierre has played and recorded with Bobby Rangell, Mark Diamont, Chuck Silverman, JPDalmassy, Alain Bedier and numbers of local musicians.
Pierre has made a number of albums: 1990, La Palmeraie; 1996, Melodies; 2002, Thessalie; 2004, Conversations and in 2009/2010 an album still to be issued made with Stephane Marras (accordion and voice), Bertrand Ray (bass and double bass), Gilles Combalet (drums).
Here is what the press have to say about Pierre: Midi Libre, "Pierre's melodies must grab our attention!" and la Gazette de Toulouse, "Pierre, a cool musician. His playing and melodies are rich in poetry."
Pierre is the author of a blues guitar method and several CD's which have backing tracks for jazz, blues, bossa, samba, funk, rock and pop music. He founded Musiques Festives in 1994.

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Francois Richomme

Professional activities since 1984:
- Composer / Musician
- Sound designer
- Sound engineer
- Collaboration between art forms
- Teacher: music, dance, sound technology, Yoga

References (extract…)
Düsseldorf Tanzmesse (Düsseldorf - Germany) - Saarländischer Rundfunk (Saarbrücken - Germany) - Tanz Fabrik (Potsdam - Germany) - Festival International de Video i Arts Digitals de Girona (Girona - Spain) - Festival of Visual Arts of Casablanca (Casablanca - Morocco) - His Majesty’s Theatre (Perth - Australia) - Centre National de la Danse (Paris - France) - Le Cabaret Sauvage (Paris - France) - Festival Montpellier Danse (Montpellier - France) - Théâtres de St André, St Benoit (Reunion Island) - New Territory Festival (Glasgow - Scotland) - Gekken Theatre (Kyoto - Japan) - Korean National University of Arts (Seoul - Korea) - Busan Dance Festival (Busan - Korea) - Talking Stick Festival (Vancouver - Canada) - MAI Montréal Arts Inter-culturel (Montréal - Québec) - Montreux Jazz Festival (Montreux - Switzerland) - Stern Grove (San Francisco - USA) - Culver Center for the Arts (Riverside - USA) - Judson Church (New York - USA) - Red Eye Theatre (Minneapolis - USA) - The Myrna Loy Center (Helena - USA) - Columbia Theatre (Chicago - USA)…

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Bertrand Ray

Born in 1964 he discovered the flute at the age of five when he began his first musical studies. Selftaught on guitar and electric bass and performed in different bands around Paris. Bertrand studied jazz at the CIM and IACP and at the age of twenty, double bass, winning a gold medal in Classical Music at the Nimes Musical Academy. He graduated in FNEJMA.
Performing as a professional since the age of seventeen, he has worked with artists playing jazz, songs, funk, salsa, blues and rock.
Bertrand is an experienced stage musician who has participated in numerous festivals both in France and abroad, (first prize at the "musicales de Bastia", Ferrara buskers in Italy, Brighton in England). He has been the opening act in several shows: C.Khaled; J Birkin; Guy Béart; Michel Legrand; Benebar; Michel Portal; E Kusturica.
Bertrand has made recordings with Ginkobiloba (Patchamama, Mamacita), O l'Hotes (au plaisir, Melancolies). He gives private tuition, teaches in music schools and short courses.

Manuel Durand

A pianist and keyboard player, Manuel started with classical training at the academy of music. He became interested in pop music and learned to play guitar and bass before studying jazz piano. Manuel's music has continued to develop. He has set up a project which experiments with musical influences from all over the world while he is trained in composition. For example, he happened to meet Angel Preval from Cuba (drummer, percussionist, composer).

On stage Manuel performs with a variety of bands that play reggae, soul, salsa, new soul and jazz. He plays duets and frequently takes part in Magic Circle improvised sessions organised by the drummer Neil Conti (David Bowie, Youssou N'Dour). His personal project the Jabulani Trio is a tribute to the South African pianist Abdulla Ibrahim and his compositions.

Manuel gives private lessons, offers training courses and he teaches in schools.

Thierry Cheze

Born in Tulle in 1964, he studies classical as well as jazz saxophone at the conservatory of Montreuil with Jean Claude Fohrenbach. He participates in lots of music bands ranging from trio to big band.
He especially performed with Georges Arvanitas, Maurice Vander, big band régional du limousin, Carlos Maza ...

He is currently jazz music teacher at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Départemental de Tulle. DIplomas: jazz DE and CA.