Jean-Paul Estiévenart + Il Gardellino


Two seemingly apart musical worlds, baroque and jazz, meet here.

But Marcel Ponseele and Jean-Paul Estiévenart quickly realized, while elaborating the repertoire, that an artist is a humble servant at the service of Art, which transcends any ideology or belonging. The meeting between Ponseele, an eminent oboist, and the young trumpet player Estiévenart is not a shock of contexts: they live the music and speak about it in the same way. 

For the album of this project, 'Triptyque' (2022, Fuga Libera), they have agreed on a repertoire mainly by J.S. Bach, in three tableaux of different emotional intensity. They will respond to each other, adapting the German master’s compositions somewhat to introduce jazz flights of fancy.

The third soloist in the ensemble is the unbridled harpsichordist Anthony Romaniuk. He is used to breaking the boundaries between styles and is a jazz enthusiast. Finally, among the string instruments, double bass player Sam Gerstmans, a jazz virtuoso, links the two worlds and follows Jean-Paul in his escapades...

A triptych is a painted or sculpted work of art in three panels, whose outer flaps can be closed on the middle one. By opening the shutters, Jean-Paul Estiévenart, Marcel Ponseele and their musicians wish to present a musical painting in three panels, with different emotional intensity. 

After its première in Flagey (Brussels) in April 2022, the repertoire was presented at PBA (Charleroi) and Brosella Festival (Brussels). The album was recorded in June 2022, released in september 2022 (Fugera Libera) and available for selected concerts. 

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"Bach swingt, om het maar even simplistisch te stellen."

JazzFlits (NL)

"De subtiles connivences naissent entre baroque et jazz."

L'Echo (BE)

"Amoureux de Bach, Jean-Paul Estiévenart sort son triptyque réunissant jazz et classique"

RTBF Culture (BE)

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