A Tribute To Bill Evans
Marie Séférian (vocals), Ronan Guilfoyle (bass) & Tommy Halferty guitar).
The three Jazz musicians devoted their new program to the famous Piano Player Bill Evans. The reason why there is no piano in this group is because auf the transparency which is automatically given by this line-up. Without Drums and Piano the group plays a lot of lines in a finesse way and the rhythmical accentuation lose sight of the missing Drums. This Trio makes chamber music in a flexible, fluent and jazzy way. The Trio arranged most of the beautiful Tunes of Bill Evans in a new way, but you will also hear Standards which adopt Evans as his owns.
Marie Séférian is the daughter of a chamber musician and a French chanson singer. In 2006 Marie moved to Berlin to study at the Jazz Institute in Berlin with Judy Nimack, Peter Weniger and David Friedman.While in Berlin Marie was part of the German Yamaha Big Band vocal group, conducted by Peter Herbolzheimer. In 2009 her trio 'Gerry Getz Chet' took part in a tour of Chile organized by the Goethe Institute who also organized a tour in the Lebanon with her quartet in 2010. In 2009 she gained a scholarship from the 'Live Music Now' society. She also sang for the soundtrack of the German movie "Freche Mädchen 2“. In 2009 she took part in an exchange with the Royal Conservatory Brussels where she took lessons with John Ruocco. Marie's quartet won first prize in the Berlin Jazz Awards in September 2009. Marie’s first album with originals came out in May 2010 on the Jazz Label Mons Records. In 2010 Marie moved to Switzerland to complete her Masters with Lauren Newton and Nils Wogram. In 2011 her trio‚ 'Gerry getz Chet’ released an album on the Jazz label Octason Records followed by another Chilean tour. In summer 2011 Marie won the 3rd prize in the international Voice Competition in Zory, Poland.
Ronan is a bassist, composer and an acknowledged innovator in the area of rhythmic technique. He has toured extensively in Europe, Asia, and America, performing with such artists as Dave Liebman, Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, Kenny Wheeler, Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Benny Golson, and Jim McNeely. Ronan's book, "Creative Rhythmic Concepts for Jazz Improvisation", is now seen as the standard text for the teaching of advanced rhythmic techniques. He has taught this at many schools around the world including Berklee College of Music, The New School, and is an associate Artist of the Royal Academy of Music in London. As a composer he has written a vast body of work for both jazz and classical ensembles, from pieces for solo violin to three-movement works for symphony orchestra.