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. After two albums, « Danses Futuristes » from 2015 and « Morse Code » from 2018, the band has developed its collective sound, a process deepened by the touring they have done. The Nefertiti Quartet won the 2019 Euroradio Jazz Competition (Pierre Demange also won the Prize for the best soloist) and is a selected band for Jazz Migration #5.
Delphine Deau – Piano
Pianist since she was a kid, Delphine studies classical music until her majority and starts studying jazz at the Annecy’s Conservatory while graduating a physics degree. Back to Paris in 2012, she enters the regional conservatory and obtain her diploma in 2014 after 2 years with working with Benjamin Moussay, Pierre Bertrand and Emil Spanyi. As a leader and composer, Delphine manages to rise her quartet Nefertiti to the European scene (from Euroradio jazz Competition to Jazz Ahead in 2021). As a side woman, Delphine is particularly active with Tactus quintet leaded by guitarist Clement Piezanoski with whom she won the 1st prize soloist at the Sunset Trophy. The groupe is about to record its second album in 2021. Also interested in all forms of artistics collaborations, Delphine was selected twice to enter European workshops such as « SOFIA » in 2016 and « International Jazz Platform » in 2019. Those will give her the oppotunity to meet great feminine jazz players like Nicole Johänntgen and Kaja Draksler who will give her the idea of a prepared-piano solo creation for 2022.
Camille Mussion – Saxophones
At the end of her musical studies at Perpignan’s and then Paris’ conservatories, Camille gets 2 diplomas in classic & jazz and a national diploma of pedagogy which allows her to teach saxophones and sound painting in different conservatories around Paris. She worked in a lot of various project involving dance, soundpainting… In july 2014 she participated to the JM Jazz World Orchestra in Norway and created her trio Flood Back in 2015 for which she wrote the whole repertoire mainly influenced by modern music and improvisations of all kinds ! Since 2018, she organize her time as saxophonist between various project (the duo “Mamie Jotax” she co-created with Carmen Lefrançois and with who she release her first album, the quartet “Nefertiti”, the rockers from “Ich bin Wallou”, the world music trio “Abeona”) and the artistic direction of her collective “Saa”.
Pedro Ivo Ferreira – Double Bass
Born in Juiz de Fora (Brazil), Pedro began to learn bass at 15 in local bands. At the age of 21, he moved to Sao Paulo to study music and double bass. He then played a lot of jazz and Brazilian music and recorded and co-wrote his first album with the quartet “In bloco”. He moved to Paris in 2012 and entered the Paris conservatory. During his time in France, he worked with Anissa Bensalah, Catherine Falagyrac and Alexandre Gismonti. After getting his musical degree, he decided to pursue his studies in Amsterdam . where he collaborates with various artists like Adrian Moncada, Maripepa Contreras, Jonathan Dafgard and Gabriel Milliet. As a leader & composer, he wrote for the trio “Canvas” who recorded two albums in 2015 and 2017, and for his large ense
Pierre Demange – Drums
Drummer since he was 7, Pierre studied also as a sound engineer and had a degree of film composition. After having worked a few years writing music for short films, Pierre moved to Paris to study music and entered the Paris Conservatory where he studied with Joe Quitkke and Frederic Delestré. Fond of African music, he’s especially interested in Mali’s tradionnal music which led him to learn djmenbe with Maré Sanogo and sagar with Yvan Ormond. During his time in Paris, he has been playing in a lot of projet like , the trio “Flood Back” the quartet “Lown” with whom he released a first album in 2021, the big ensemble “Panoramic Project” … Since 2018, he aslo collaborates with great singers such as Camille Bertault, Estelle Meyer, Charlotte Planchou and Chloé Astor.