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The Quartet

meet the band

  • Shauli Einav - saxophones
  • Paul Lay - piano
  • Florent Nisse - contrabass
  • Gautier Garrigue - drums
  • Shauli Einav - saxophones

    Shauli Einav - saxophones

    Saxophonist & Composer Shauli Einav has been described as a "remarkably complete musician, a virtuosic soloist with a lush sound on both soprano and tenor whose compositions are daring and deep" (All About Jazz). His album “Opus One” (Plus Loin Music) was reviewed as a "Smartly played, swinging and evocative jazz album” (DownBeat Magazine). Einav recently relocated to Paris after seven fruitful years in the vibrant music scene of NYC. Over there, he played with some of the leading jazz figures as Aaron Goldberg, Avishai Cohen, Don Friedman, Eliot Zigmund, Omer Avital, Johnathan Blake, Shai Maestro, Walt Weiskopf, Frank Gambale, Dave Liebman & Gilad Hekselman. Einav has performed with his ensembles on the main stages such as Duc des Lombards, Sudtirol Jazzfest, Rochester Jazz Festival, Swing Hall Tokyo, Bohemia Jazz Festival, Venice Jazz Festival, Red Sea Jazz Festival, Enjoy Jazz Festival, Smalls, Kitano, The Knitting Factory, Unterfahrt among many others. Born 1982 in the countryside of Israel and started playing the violin at the age of 4, at 13 he switched to the saxophone and started playing with many Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv based bands. In 1998 Einav was discovered by the legendary American saxophonist Arnie Lawrence who came to Israel to bring peace between Jews and Arabs through music. Mr Lawrence (who was mentored by Ben Webster) was the connecting piece between Jerusalem & Tel Aviv musicians to NYC’s Jazz heritage. Einav, later on, completed his BA at the Jerusalem Academy and earned his Master’s degree at the prestigious Eastman School of Music, Rochester NY.
  • Paul Lay - piano

    Paul Lay - piano

    “Excellent harmonic imagination, diverse playing, most interesting compositions, and obvious knowledge of jazz history as well as a personal voice: Paul Lay has got everything it takes to go right to the top and make a lasting career” Martial Solal Nov 2014: Paul Lay “Mikado” ” (ミカド (ゲーム)) Quartet, just won in Paris the prestigious Prize of Charles Cros Academy, for the best international jazz album of the year. Paul Lay has won numerous prizes both in national and international competitions: Soloist prize at the National Jazz Competition of La Defense, like glorious predecessors as Bojan Z or Baptiste Trotignon, laureate of the International Piano Jazz Competition of Moscow, Martial Solal International Piano Jazz Competition, Montreux International Piano Jazz Competition. Paul Lay is guest to the most prestigious venues in France and abroad, in solo recital as well as at the head of his various groups. Most recently his “Mikado” quartet played at Duc des Lombards , Sunside, Jazz à la Villette , North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Radio France Montpellier Festival, Festivals of Annecy Festival, Biarritz , Cologne , Midsummer Hardelot Festival.
  • Florent Nisse - contrabass

    Florent Nisse - contrabass

    Born in 1983 in Colmar (France), Florent Nisse starts studying double bass at the age of six. In 2002 he moves to Lyon in order to attend an engineering school. While studying science he never stops his musical studies, and finally gets in 2007 three degrees, one in mechanics, one in classical music, and one in jazz music. Very active on Lyon’s jazz scene at that time, Florent chooses to give up science and to follow his musical career. The year after he’s accepted in Paris Conservatory (CNSM) in Jazz, in Riccardo Del Fra’s class. He graduates in 2011. Professionally, Florent Nisse started his career in Lyon before moving in Paris in 2008. There he quickly became a part of the rising generation of jazz musicians, and had the opportunity to perform both with rising artists (David Enhco Quartet, Shauli Einav, Fred Borey Quintet, Flash Pig, Thomas Enhco Trio) and with more recognized ones (Logan Richardson Quintet, Yaron Herman Quartet, Didier Lockwood, Stéphane Guillaume Quintet, Manu Codjia, Louis Moutin, Emile Parisien). In 2012, Florent Nisse also starts his career as a leader and records his first album, to be released in 2014.
  • Gautier Garrigue - drums

    Gautier Garrigue - drums

    Born & raised in Parpignan, the capital of the Eastern Pyrenees region, Gautier studied drums and guitar at the regional conservatory. After graduating he moved to Paris in 2007 to pursue his professional career. Since then, Garrigue has been one of the busiest drummers in the French Jazz scene playing with the Yaron Herman Trio, Chris Cheek, Rick Margitza, Emile Parisien, Ben van Gelder, Jakob Bro, Logan Richardson, Laurent Coq, Eric Legnini, Thomas Enhco, Franck Amsallem, Cyrille Aimée, Manu Codjia, Emmanuel Bex among others. Garrigue’s career led him to play on important stages all over the world such as North Sea Jazz Festival, Venezia Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, Jazz in Marciac, Victoria jazz festival, Vancouver jazz festival, Belgrade Jazz festival.


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