_____________________________ B I O G R A P H Y
Benoît Delbecq was born in St Germain en Laye (F), June 6, 1966. He lives in Bondy, near Paris.
A dreamer and an adventurer in music, pianist/composer/producer Benoît Delbecq has been one of the activists of Hask (1992-2004) and Astrolab (1994-1999), two Paris-based cutting-edge jazz/improv collectives that have contributed to significantly revitalize the french creative music scene around the club Instants Chavirés in Montreuil/Paris. His music and projects include works for theater, dance, litterature, visual arts and motion pictures, that are being regularly invited by major festivals worldwide. He has released about 35 records as a leader or co-leader among a discography of more than a hundred discs.
Anchored in both jazz history as well as in aesthetical stakes of today's new musics, Delbecq’s works are world-widely acclaimed since the early nineties. He is a renown specialist for a personal and polymetric approach of "prepared piano", and has also an regular activity in the electronic department. His works are experimenting a blend of improvisation and composition in which he reveals a rich pallet of sounds, enlightened by stratas of multiple momentums, articulations and seemingly floating harmonies. Inspired by alternative urban musical experiments and electronic music adventures, he also improvises a personal approach of drum’n bass and ambient.
His works at the acoustic piano are mainly published by Songlines (Canada), when his electronic-oriented works with maverick accomplice Steve Argüelles are on Plush (GB).
Benoît was awarded ‘Prix jeunes affiches de la SACEM’ in 1995 with group KARTET, prix de la Villa Médicis Hors-les-murs 2001 for his first solo piano recording « Nu-Turn » (Songlines, 2003), was awarded with the fellowship of Civitella Fundation (New York, 2009), was awarded in 2010 a double Grand Prix International du Disque (Académie Charles Cros, the French Grammy Awards), and his trio CD «The Sixth Jump » (Songlines) was listed in the New York Times top ten jazz/pop records of 2010. His works for the Fred Hersch/Benoît Delbecq FUN HOUSE double trio (premiered and recorded in May 2012, to be released FEB 2013) have recently received the French Ministère de la Culture « Commande d'Etat » funding. Recently he was commissioned by JAZZTOPAD Festival in Wroclaw (Poland) for a new piece for the Lutoslawski String Quartet and two improvisers (Miles Perkin on bass and himself on piano).
During his formative years, Benoît has studied with Mal Waldron, Muhal Richard Abrams, Steve Coleman, Dave Holland, Solange Ancona, Nicolle Mollard, Jean-Pierre Fouquey, Abraham Adzenyah, George Russel, Kenny Wheeler, Julian Priester... (IACP Paris, Versailles Conservatory, Banff Jazz Workshop 1987 and 1990, Cachan national Conservatory).
Benoît embraced a musical career in his early twenties after studying electronics and sound engineering (at CNAM Paris, ISTAR Paris and BTS Cinéma Janson de Sailly Paris) after which he worked for a little while as an assistant director for French director Jacques André in 1986.
biographical interview by Gerry Hemingway's on his blog Music Talks,
An interview by Ethan Iverson on his blog dothemath.com, 2005
A portrait by Jorge Lopez De Guereñu in MAS JAZZ, 2011 (Spanish)
biographical elements to come)
Delbecq has performed mostly in major contemporary jazz festivals and venues as well as new music festivals around the world and/or recorded with, among many others players : Steve Argüelles, Marc Ducret, François Houle, Jean-Jacques Avenel, Guillaume Orti, Mark Turner, Mark Helias, Oene Van Geel, Emile Biayenda, Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, Alan Silva’s Celestrial Communication Orchestra, Hubert Dupont, Chander Sardjoe, Stéphane Galland, Andy Milne, Serge Adam, Philippe Foch, Alan Weeks, Rokia Traoré, Katerine, Ashley Slater, Christophe ‘Disco’ Minck, Michel Portal, Han Bennink, Jorrit Dijsktra, Louis Sclavis, Noël Akchoté, Mischa Kool, DJ Req, Ashley Slater, Julian Argüelles, Lukas Ligeti, Ali Keita, Gianni Gebbia,Thierry Madiot, Albrecht Maurer, Julian Argüelles, Steve Watts, Wolter Wierbos, Tony Coe, Michael Moore, John Hébert, Gerald Cleaver, Tim Berne, Tom Raney, Lotte Anker, Tony Wilson, Tony Coe, Happy Apple, Dave King, Michael Manring, Antonin-Tri Hoang, Daniel Yvinec, Nelson Veras, Toma Gouband, Kim Myhr, Nils Ostendorf, Thom Gossage, Miles Perkin, Lutoslawski string quartet, Bozzini string quartet, Michael Williams, JT Bates, Cepia, Henry Lowther, Tony Hymas, Hasse Poulsen, Edward Perraud, Bart Maris, Arnault Cuisinier, Vincent Courtois, Franck Vaillant, D' de Kabal, Franco Mannara, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Lucy Railton, Peter Evans, Arjen Gorter, Jim Black, Jorrit Dijsktra, Curt Newton, Mischa Kool, Stéphane Payen, Christophe Lavergne, Arve Henriksen, Lars Juul, Aka Moon, DJ Grasshopper, David Gilmore, Kris Defoort, Eric Legnini, Fabian Fiorini, Bertrand Denzler, Hélène Labarrière, Didier Petit, Tony Hymas, Eric Vernhes, Gilles Coronado, Lipitone, Régis Huby, Beniat Achiary, Michael Bland, Yohannes Tona, the Hornheads, Miles Perkin, Tom Arthurs, Thom Gossage, Philippe Lauzier, Fred Hersch, Gerry Hemingway, Ethan Iverson, Petter Eldh, Jonas Burgwinkel, Hayden Chisolm, Greg Osby, Vincent Chancey, Michael Attias, Gianluca Petrella, Bobby Previte, Nils Davidsen, Wolfgang Püschnig, Petr Cancura, Samuel Blaser, Taylor Ho Bynum, Mary Halvorson, Tomas Fujiwara, David Boykin, Josh Abrams, John Hollenbeck, Tsugumi Yamamoto, Ai Kajigano and many more.
.end, back to top