EUROPA OSLO

PREMIERE JANUARY 2017

OLIVIER BENOIT composition, guitar
HANS PETTER BLAD texts
MARIA LAURA BACCARINI voice
JEAN DOUSTEYSSIER clarinets
ALEXANDRA GRIMAL tenor saxophone
HUGUES MAYOT alto saxophone
FABRICE MARTINEZ trumpet
FIDEL FOURNEYRON trombone
THÉO CECCALDI violin
SOPHIE AGNEL piano
PAUL BROUSSEAU keyboards
SYLVAIN DANIEL electric bass
ÉRIC ECHAMPARD drums

After Paris, Berlin and Rome, the ONJ is now revealing the final chapter in its European project, the album “Europa Oslo”: new city, new artistic directions, and a first multidisciplinary project that mixes music, poetry and voice. Olivier Benoit remains faithful to the singular traits of his writing — his compositions are at the limits of jazz, rock, repetitive and minimalist music — in taking inspiration from various artistic trends in northern Europe and the special architecture of the Norwegian capital, which lies between the most ancient traditions and all that is most incredibly modern. To pay this sensitive homage to a city of such contrasts, the composer has joined with the contemporary writer and poet from Oslo, Hans Petter Blad, who has selected four realist poems from his works that have echoes with composed music. The multi-faceted artist Maria Laura Baccarini — she is both a singer and an actress — features as their guest in this new programme, and she brings a striking intensity to the above texts.

The fourth album from the ONJ, recorded from January 24 to 30, 2017, at Studio ICP, Brussels. Scheduled for national release on April 28, 2017 / ONJ Records – L’Autre Distribution

Photo © Olivier Benoit


DECEMBER 1 TO 11, 2016 
CREATIVE RESIDENCY
AT THE NORWEGIAN ACADEMY OF MUSIC / OSLO
With the support of the Institut français in Norway

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PREMIERE SCHEDULED

JANUARY 21, 2017
FOR “JAZZ SUR LE VIF” CONCERT
AT RADIO FRANCE’S STUDIO 105 / PARIS
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APRIL 21
JAZZ OR JAZZ FESTIVAL 
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APRIL 22
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NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE
APRIL 28, 2017

ONJ Records – L’Autre Distribution


HANS PETTER BLAD

Filmmaker, writer, poet… Hans Petter Blad is all of that, and also a friend of painters, a fan of jazz and art from Monk to Munch, and an acute observer of every nook and cranny in his native Oslo: he has walked all its streets. His work is an opus written in rhymes and rhythms, and cardiac rhythms especially, because beneath the surface of his work lies rage: the rage to create. To observe. To listen. To read. Since his first feature-film — “Hodiak”, shot in the early Nineties, launched a new Norwegian wave — and also in his many novels and plays, Blad has never ceased swaying between black and white: the fragile equilibrium of humans in search of identity. Hans Petter Blad takes a chisel to the chiaroscuro of souls. Outwardly humorous and poetic, but deep down, icy and opaque. Like a frosted version of French writer Olivier Cadiot. Every text he writes is a proposal. An invitation to go on a journey. An extension to the domain of struggle beneath the midnight sun. At the age of 54 he has traversed every art form in the world, and his Rimbaud-like accents have taken him to numerous continents, but with a slight preference for the old one and particularly its Paris-the-City-of-Light. It is the city of all things possible for this artist from the North: this explorer of vagabond moods is sculpting his own creations like some tipsy onlooker drifting with the currents of his own sensibility.

With an ear permanently screwed to the hearts of the living, Hans Petter Blad is a hunter: he hunts poetic breaths, and as a younger man his dreams were of Albert Camus and “The Rebel”. For this collaboration with the ONJ he has sifted through all his poetry collections, from “Bibliothèque” (2008) and “Marbre” (2010), to “Musée” (2014) and “Clair-obscur” (2016). His selection contains fragments of life more realist than surrealist, fragments where the dialogue between Man and Nature takes place over a good verse, and words become the final cure for all ills.

Original titles, publishers and dates of publication of the poetry collections used for this creation with the ONJ:

Biblioteket –Cappelen Damm (2008)
Marmor– Flamme (2010)
Museum– Flamme (2014)
Clair-obscur– Oktober (2016)

MARIA LAURA BACCARINI

An actress, singer and dancer of Italian origin, Maria Laura Baccarini began her career in musical theatre. Her performances have included all the major roles belonging to the great American classics, and she has appeared not only in Italy but also in the USA and the United Kingdom (as Sally Bowles in “Cabaret”, Cassie in “A Chorus Line”, Anita in “West Side Story”, Roxie Hart in “Chicago”, etc.) In 2004 she took part in the “Nuit américaine” spectacular, a tribute to 20th century American music produced by Lambert Wilson (who also appeared in the show), with Régis Huby as Artistic Director. Her meeting with the latter was the beginning of a long collaboration that gave rise to two albums: “Furrow – A Cole Porter Tribute” (2010, Abalone Productions) and “All Around”, an original Régis Huby creation with texts by Yann Apperry (2011, Abalone Productions). Her collaboration with the author has continued with several projects to date: “Terra Vagans” (music by Claude Barthélemy), “La Foire aux Chansons” (music by Régis Huby) and “Calvinologie” (music by Massimo Nunzi), the last two having been recorded for Radio France. She has also been involved in the project “Poète, vos papiers”, composed by Yves Rousseau and based on Léo Ferré’s famous poetry anthology.


Maria Laura Baccarini continued her acting career in Italy with principal roles in “Concerto per un Poeta”, “I Have a Dream”, “Ascolta il Canto del Vento”, “La Nuit des Rois” (Verona Italy Shakespeare Festival) and “Maria Stuarda”. In 2011, again in association with Régis Huby, she gave the first performance of “Gaber, Io e le Cose”, a violin-voice duet based on works by Giorgio Gaber, one of the most intelligent, militant and poetic authors in the history of Italian song and theatre. The première of this concert-spectacular was given at the Astiteatro33 Festival in Italy, and it produced the eponymous album “Gaber, Io e le Cose (2015, Abalone Productions). 

The new creation “Waiting For The Night To Smile” was the fruit of her love of Stephen Sondheim’s music, which she shares with singer Stephy Haik; it also gave her the opportunity to work for the first time with pianists Stephan Oliva and Bruno Angelini.


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