A saxophone, a cello, a drums. And in the middle of all that, a music of the extremes which briskly does the splits, passing without complex of a rush of tenderness to a swirl of rage. Of a baroque melody delicately shelled swelling into a noisy thunder. It isn’t nothing, since they reach doing it while keeping a particularly accurate sense of sound textures and a rather rare control of dynamics.

Valentin Ceccaldi could be presented as the new revelation of cello in Europe. From experimental jazz to classical orchestras, its rough bow and its delicate pizzicati illuminates his music and our ears. We can feel his strong complicity with Sylvain Darrifourcq who after some great collaborations (Emile Parisien 4tet, Joëlle Léandre, Tony Malaby, Akosh S, Marc Ducret) develops his unpredictable and inventive music in his own bands In Love With and MILESDAVISQUINTET!. Together, they weave the ideal groundwork for the overlapping sax of Manuel Hermia, an adventurous saxophonist who furrows the roads of world music while carrying strongly alive the primal scream of a furiously libertarian jazz.

All three defend the idea of a music without borders, being nourished of all musics. A jazz of today like one says, smart and free at the same time, going from meticulous compositions to drifts without boundaries.

Hermia, Ceccaldi and Darrifourcq give an incredible music lesson : imbrication or clash of timbres, mastery of nuances, surprise of alloys of sounds, beauty of lyric passages ... Everything here is a source of delight. ( Jazzman , choc - Thierry Quénum )
One of the most exciting groups in Europe." ( London Jazz News - Tony Dudley-Evans )
Beyond his obvious rage (to play / to live / to surprise), this trio shows a true band sound: original, bitter and contemporary. ( Jazz news - Albert Laroux )
Spontaneity, energy and urgency of the moment ( Citizenjazz.com - Nicolas Dourlhès )

  • Manuel Hermia Saxophones, Bansuri

    Manuel Hermia

  • Valentin Ceccaldi Cello

    Valentin Ceccaldi

  • Sylvain Darrifourcq Drums

    Sylvain Darrifourcq

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jazzahead! 2018 - Hermia - Darrifourcq - Ceccaldi
jazzahead! 2018 - Hermia - Darrifourcq - Ceccaldi

Audio: Radio Bremen Line-Up: Hermia, Manuel (ts [Track 001 und 003], ss [Track 002]); Ceccaldi, Valentin (violc); Darrifourcq, Sylvain (dr, perc)

Hermia/Ceccaldi/Darrifourcq - Live at Belgian Jazz Meeting 2017
Hermia/Ceccaldi/Darrifourcq - Live at Belgian Jazz Meeting 2017


Manuel Hermia (saxophones), Valentin Ceccaldi (cello), Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums),

Hermia - Ceccaldi - Darrifourcq
Hermia - Ceccaldi - Darrifourcq

Manuel Hermia - saxophones
Valentin Ceccaldi - cello
Sylvain Darrifourcq - drums

clip produced and edited by Jackal Productions
images by Maël G.Lagadec

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On a brule la tarte
On a brule la tarte

"On a brûlé la tarte" composed by Valentin Ceccaldi with :
Manuel Hermia on sax
Valentin Ceccaldi on cello
Sylvain Darrifourcq on drums
Produced by Jackal Production
Recorded at the…

Hermia / Ceccaldi / Darrifourcq
Hermia / Ceccaldi / Darrifourcq
Manuel Hermia : saxes
Valentin Ceccaldi : cello
Sylvain Darrifourcq : drums, electronic

new album in Babel Label in autumn 2014.
24 Feb 2019 20:30 – 22:00
Bimhuis, amsterdam, holland

09 Mar 2019 21:00 – 22:00

27 Mar 2019 20:30 – 22:00
Budapest Music Center - Opus jazz club, Budapest, Hongrie

09 Apr 2019 20:30 – 22:00
persicope, Lyon, France

10 Apr 2019 21:00 – 22:00
Petite Halle de La Villette, Paris, France

05 May 2019 20:00 – 22:00
Cheltenham Jazz festival, Cheltenham, UK

06 May 2019 21:00 – 22:00
Vortex, London, UK

11 May 2019 19:00 – 22:00
Trondheim jazz festival, Trondheim, Norway

17 May 2019 20:00 – 22:00
Penza jazz festival - Russia, Penza, Russia

11 Aug 2019 20:00 – 22:00
Gaume Jazz Festival, Rossignol, Belgique

13 Dec 2019 20:00 – 23:30
La gare, Paris, France

14 Dec 2019 20:00 – 23:30
La gare, France