Sylvain Rifflet "Perpetual Motion, a celebration of Moondog"

Origin: France / USA

"Saxophonists Rifflet and Irabagon salute the spirit of Moondog, celestial tramp and post-modern prophet, by bringing his imagination back into play in a musical and multimedia maelstrom".


Sylvain Rifflet - sax / Jon Irabagon - sax / Sylvaine Hélary - flûte / Philippe Gordiani - guitare / Benjamin Flament - percussions / Rembrandt Frerichs - piano


Sylvain Rifflet "Perpetual Motion, a celebration of Moondog"

About us

Saxophonist Sylvain Rifflet revisits in sound and image the somewhat forgotten personality and music of Moondog, an extravagant figure in the New York underground of the 50s and 70s, a friend of Leonard Bernstein and Charlie Parker, and a source of inspiration and influence for the pioneers of repetitive music...

The surrealist may have left the world of the living, but his soul still lives on in many musicians.

Perpetual Motion', the event-creation conceived by Sylvain Rifflet with fellow American saxophonist Jon Irabagon, takes this approach, inviting his brilliant Alphabet quartet, pianist Eve Risser and even two choirs of schoolchildren from Bobigny.

The aim is to reinterpret Moondog's music, to explore the sprawling, spectacular city (video has its place here), and to take off into other imaginary worlds.

Created for the Banlieues Bleues festival, with the support of the French American Jazz Exchange and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation