IN FRANCE, IN 2019, THE FOUNDATION CONCLUDED
a new partnership with Jazzdor, one of the biggest jazz festi- vals in Europe. Founded thirty-four years ago, this key event was initially held in the Grand Est region each spring, in Stras- bourg with its iconic Fossé des Treize club, and then this model was replicated in 2005 on the other side of the Rhine, with the Jazzdor Strasbourg-Berlin festival which takes place in the au- tumn. With its strong local ties and high-quality programme, this festival is a key event in jazz music creation.
IN CHINA, AT THE BNP RISING STAR PIANO FESTIVAL,
two young and promising musicians, Dong He et Lewis, from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, were invited to play their jazz compositions in concert for the first time in 2019.
Pierrick Pédron, an internationally- renowned jazz musician
His entire Breton family played the accordion, but it was with the alto saxophone that jazz musician Pierrick Pédron, who has been supported by the BNP Paribas Foundation since 2017, found his rhythm. In his early years, drawn to French pop music and progressive rock, he became the ambassador of a melodic form of jazz, expressing a virtuosity, in his album entitled Unknown , with an appeal that transcends borders. He is particularly popular in Japan, and this notoriety paved the way for performances in concert halls and at festivals. With the Foundation s support, his international career has also taken off across the Atlantic, where he is working on an album with a talented trio of North American musicians, and is still driven by a passion for innovation and a love of music.
The one thousand and one talents of Thomas de Pourquery
A newcomer to the varied group of artists sup- ported by the Foundation, Thomas de Pourquery is as talented as he is indefinable. His passion for rugby has given him a sense of team spirit, and he played his first scales with the Collectif des Falaises, after training as an alto and then a tenor saxophonist. Each of his albums marks a new stage in a career which has re- vealed a wealth of talents. The Endless Summer album was na- med Révélation de l année 2012 (Newcomer of the year 2012), while Play Sun Ra with Supersonic, his sextet of musicians from the rock, electro, jazz, and drum&bass scene, was crowned best Jazz album at the Jazz aux Victoires awards in 2014. With Sons of Love, composed and arranged by de Pourquery himself, he received the Jazz Artist of the Year award in 2017. He has also acted in theatre and film, and was invited to sing and play with Oxmo Puccino and Metronomy, working with Congolese dan- cers, and much more. A free and unselfish artist, with many projects on the go.
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Pierrick Pédron is considered to be one of the best alto saxophonists in French jazz.
singer and composer,
a multi- talented