Fidel Fourneyron

Origin: France

A goldsmith in matters of orchestration, and an instrumentalist with a passion for the drama to be found in music.

Fidel Fourneyron

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A goldsmith in matters of orchestration, and an instrumentalist with a passion for the drama to be found in music, Fidel Fourneyron has gradually developed a singular style that is immediately recognizable, and which moves in a determinedly post-jazz universe that remains open to today's music forms. After the success of both his albums by the trio Un Poco Loco, Fidel presents now his new trio 'OKO', his first Brass band 'Bell' and his Pan-African Jazz project 'Bengue'.

Bengue is a slang word in West Africa to refer to Europe. Fidel Fourneyron creates a Pan-African Jazz concert on texts by authors from Pan-African literature which explores the question of the Diaspora. Bengue carries different stories and gives voice to rich languages. The basis of the septet rests on the percussions and the beautiful twinning of the balafons of the Hié sisters and the marimba of Vassilena Serafimova.

For this creation Fidel Fourneyron, commissioned texts from young authors (Penda Diouf, James Noël, Blick Bassy ...) in which resonates the history and issues of the diaspora.

In this songbook carried by singer Emma Lamadji, each song, in French, Bassa, Sango, Wolof, Creole, Noushi, Lingala ... makes the viewer discover a different light, a particular story. The inventiveness and finesse of Fidel's orchestral writing weave invisible links between these texts to make hear a real polyphony of Afropéanité, echoing the richness of the orchestra's timbres where voices, balafons, marimba mingle. , percussion, violin, double bass and trombone.

Touring bands:
OKO trio
Bell brass band
Un Poco Loco trio

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Line-up: Emma Lamadji - chant, Fidel Fourneyron - trombone, Clément Janinet - violon, Vassilena Serafimova - marimba, percussions, Thibaud Soulas - contrebasse, Melissa Hié - Djembé, balafon, percussions, Ophélia Hié - Balafon, doums, percussions

Découvrir Bengue

Line-up: Fidel Fourneyron - trombone, Quentin Ghomari - tromput Fanny Meteier - tuba, Fabrizio Rat - keyboards, Héloïse Divilly - drums

How many times have brass bands travelled around the world since their childhood under the bandstands of the belle époque? The instruments are still more or less the same, but it's fascinating to hear the entire history of a people in the first sounds of its brass bands, whether they are Neo-Orleans, Balkan, Sardinians, Beninese or Catalans.

Fidel Fourneyron is one man we'd love to hear tell his side of the story. While his prolific imagination has already been nourished by themes as diverse as bebop, medieval tales, Afro and Cuban music, Fidel, despite his upbringing in brass bands, had never yet polished brass instruments.

Here he explores them through the prism of Fabrizio Rat's synthesizers, invoking Wendy Carlos as much as Lester Bowie. Héloïse Divilly's Reunion-style rhythms open up a whole new world of possibilities. As for the bells played by Quentin Ghomari and Fanny Meteier, who will be leading the dance alongside him, Fidel was seduced by the unadorned beauty of their phrasing and the roundness of their sound. A new idea of the genre, in an essential and renewed form, without bluster.


Découvrir Fidel Fourneyron "Bell" brass band

Line-up: Fidel Fourneyron - Trombone, compositions - Thibaud Soulas - ac.bass - Antoine Paganotti - drums

Oko is the orisha invoked by the Yoruba to ask for prodigality, abundance and fertility. 

Fidel Fourneyron has chosen the study of the Yoruba pantheon (whose vibrancy in the Afro-acraibbean diaspora is the source of incredible musical creativity) as the focus for feeding his imagination and continuing to develop the aesthetic of a return to the roots of jazz. Born of the encounter between the melodic and rhythmic traditions wrested from Africa and the harmonic language of Europe, jazz, for Fidel Fourneyron, draws its essential strength from its African roots. 

The idea of this new trio is to continue in a small group the work begun in a large ensemble with Que Vola, then Bengue: music that takes melody and its rhythmic underpinnings as the starting point for collective play. In this pared-down trio, with no polyphonic instruments, everything is based on the encounter between the drums and the singing. While allowing themselves harmonic and formal perspectives drawn from contemporary European music, it is by digging into the earth that the group draws its strength. 

Telluric instruments par excellence, Antoine Paganotti's drums and Thibaud Soulas's double bass are the foundations of Oko's music, over which Fidel Fourneyron's warm trombone breath hovers.

Découvrir Fidel Fourneyron OKO trio