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Samuel Blaser & Marc Ducret (France/Switzerland)

Jun 19, 2018 - Jun 19, 2018 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
City of Asylum
40 W. North Ave
Pittsburgh, Pa 15212

A rare and exciting opportunity to see two masters of European jazz improvising together in a duo situation! Sure to be a transcendent and beautifully challenging exploration of the outer limits of instrumental expression, this duo features two of Europe’s most idiosyncratic musical talents. French guitarist Marc Ducret has “a penchant for exploring bewildering musical vistas” (All About Jazz), while Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser extends his instrument into impressionist territory.

Marc Ducret was Born in Paris in 1957. As a guitarist he debuted in 1986 playing with Patrice Caratini octet. He collaborated in the first French Orchestre National de Jazz. He was awarded Django Reinghardt Prize in 1987, in 1988 and 1989. Jazz Hot magazine elected him the best French jazz guitarist, and in 1989 he was hailed as a SACEM star. Marc Ducret today is one of the few European musicians regularly playing overseas. Since 1991, he has collaborated with a long list of great talents such as American saxophonist Tim Berne Big Satan, Caos Totale, Bloodcount, Larry Schneider, David Friedmann, Michel Portal, Joachim KühnF, ranco Ambrosetti, Didier Lockwood, Miroslav Vitous, Enrico Rava, Adam Nussbaum, Django Bates, David Sanborn, Joey Baron, Michel Godard, Dominique Pifarély, David Linx, Bobby Previte and many others.

At a time when more musicians are trying to be heard than ever before, rare gems like Samuel Blaser seem paradoxically, to rise above it all. Since his 2007 debut as a leader, 7th Heaven (Between the Lines), Blaser has grown at an almost incomprehensible rate, from a straight-ahead hard bopper in his mid-twenties to an innovative free player and ever-searching composer and bandleader in his early thirties – one whose improvisational strength has received high praise from the media world over. Born and raised in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, Blaser lived in New York City for many years before relocating to Berlin, where he currently resides. He began trombone lessons at the age of 9, and his early interests ranged from Swiss folk music to American R&B and jazz. He entered the local conservatory at 14 and graduated in 2002 after being awarded prizes in both the jazz and classical spheres, including the 2000 Benny Golson Prize. Participation in the heralded Vienna Art Orchestra and European Radio Big Band eventually led to a Fullbright Scholarship, facilitating studies in the United States at the SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Music. A year later, Samuel won the J.J. Johnson Prize in 2006. In his relatively short career, Blaser has worked with Swiss percussion legend Pierre Favre, pianist Hal Galper, drummer John Hollenbeck, saxophonist Michael Blake and François Houle’s 5+1 group; he has worked closely with Grammy Award winning producer Robert Sadin and most recently with Billy Mintz. 2015 will see Blaser touring with two trios: one with guitarist Marc Ducret featuring Danish drummer Peter Bruun and the other with French pianist Benoit Delbecq and American drummer Gerry Hemingway. As of November, Blaser is back on the road with his original quartetto promotehis new album Spring Rain (Whirlwind Recordings) an homage to Jimmy Giuffre, with Russ Lossing on piano, Drew Gress on bass and drummer Gerald Cleaver.

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