Fri 10 Nov 2023, 20:00 – Nefertiti, Jazz Quartet 10-year anniversary


10 November 2023
Starts: 20:00
Door open: 19:30

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Let’s celebrate! Nefertiti is exactly ten years old this year, which is unique for such a young jazz band. With their fourth album Live in Paris – the city where the band members first met – they celebrate the highlights of the past decade.

And in doing so – in search of adventure and musical discoveries – there is plenty of challenge and inspiration. From singable melodies to energetic free jazz – paradoxical and at the same time recognizable and ‘liberating’. With Live in Paris they go for even more freedom and improvisation than with their previous albums.

You can’t ignore it: Nefertiti has a great talent for bringing you into their musical energy. This close-knit group of musicians and friends dares to opt for unconventional jazz compositions with traditional instrumentation (sax, piano, double bass and drums).

The group Nefertiti takes its name from the composition by Wayne Shorter, the musical poet whose dreams find their expression in such improbably shaped melodic lines.
Delphine Deau draws on that idea in the passion she has for working on the form of compositions. The group which she started in 2013 from people she first encountered at the CRR conservatoire in Paris might look like a classic jazz quartet, and these are indeed superb players, but appearances can be deceptive. We could not be further removed here from those endless repetitions of ‘tune – improvised solos – tune again’.
In Nefertiti, Delphine uses a very different dramaturgy. The form appears only when it needs to, after preliminary frolicking and shadow-play. Then, and only then, does the composition move forward. In a paradoxical and very appealing way, it is liberating. And that is because, once the free sounds have created their own tension, the arrival of
melody and pulse brings certainty; and yet the line has the liberty to zigzag, to whirl about, and to be peppered with polyrhythms.

The lyrical playing of saxophonist Camille Maussion complements
and extends this marvelous pianist’s concept, and in an ideal way.
It is not by chance that the saxophonist is also involved in
‘soundpainting’, and collaborates in the fields of dance, theatre
and storytelling. Drummer Pierre Demange is another musician
with similar leanings, and is familiar with both the film and the
circus worlds. His mode of working with the wonderfully flexible
Brazilian double bassist Pedro Ivo Ferreira often feels like they
have together discovered the secret of perpetual motion.

[…] Morse Code” by Nefertiti Quartet was the most memorable piece of the Jazz Migration night 2019 at La Dynamo de Banlieues Bleues, Paris. The opposite in tempo to trio Kepler, the quartet founded by pianist Delphine Deau, is elated by joyfully forward rushing polyrhythm, sophisticated about-turns and improvisational elaborations. The masterful interplay of the four musicians of this gender-equal unit contained all achievements of modern North American jazz in a highly developed manner and offered highly precise soloing.
Pianist Delphine Deau, saxophonist Camille Maussion, bassist Pedro Ferreira and drummer Pierre Demange forming a close unit presented an impeccable performance with rich dynamics, texture and color. […]
Henning Bolte – All About Jazz, dec. 2019

Let’s celebrate! Nefertiti bestaat dit jaar precies tien jaar. Een unicum voor zo’n jonge jazzband. Met hun vierde album Live in Paris (de stad waar de bandleden elkaar voor het eerst ontmoetten) vieren ze de hoogtepunten van het afgelopen decennium.

En daarbij wordt – op zoek naar avontuur en muzikale ontdekkingen – volop uitgedaagd en geïnspireerd. Van zingbare melodieën naar energieke free jazz – paradoxaal en tegelijk herkenbaar en ‘bevrijdend’. Met Live in Paris gaan ze zelfs voor nog meer vrijheid en improvisatie dan met hun eerdere albums.

Je kunt er niet om heen: Nefertiti bezit een groot talent om je helemaal mee te nemen in de energie van het moment. Deze hechte groep musici én vrienden durft met traditionele instrumentatie (sax, piano, contrabas en drums) voor onconventionele jazzcomposities te kiezen.