36th Vilnius Jazz Festival. 12-16 October, 2022

Journal Intime Plays Jimi Hendrix


Sylvain Bardiau - tp
Fred Gastard - bs
Matthias Mahler – tb

Lithuanian jazz festival aficionados are already familiar with prankish French style and inventiveness. Journal Intime members have indulged the Lithuanian audience in the past. Two years ago they appeared in Vilnius Jazz with La Campagnie des Musiques à Ouïr, a company of wisecrackers juggling myriads of music colours and instruments.

This time the audience is up to even bigger surprise – an unusual trio made up of trumpet, bass saxophone and trombone will serve the hits of rock legend Jimi Hendrix. Journal Intime has been travelling around the world forth year with this programme, has recorded it as Lips on Fire, but the interest does not seem to subdue. With the appearance in Vilnius Jazz the trio ends Baltic tour of ten concerts.

This project is not an anomaly. The three musicians worship Jimi Hendrix, for he wasn’t just the all-time greatest guitar wrangler, but also a totally unprejudiced and passionate musical maverick, who always looked for the unmapped territory, while simultaneously building a cosmic bridge between endless space and timeless blues.

The French horn trio pays tribute to Hendrix giving his music a new life without imitating the original. This dialogue is up to their abilities, for their technique is stupendous, the range of sounds and timbres inexhaustible.

Journal Intime travels with total freedom among non-labelled wind music spheres offering original compositions and daring arrangements. This company could stand in for big band or electric guitar.

The trio’s partners attest to its calibre – uncompromising French guitarist Marc Ducret, well known in Lithuania, an icon of experimental rock Rodolphe Burger, and accordion star Vincent Peirani, who blew minds of the Lithuanian audience last summer.

Journal Intime was founded by Sylvain Bardiau in 2006. The creative horizons of this trumpeter are unlimited. He feels at home in a wide range of styles: jazz and funk, salsa and reggae, French chanson and afro-groove. A relentless explorer, he favours daring musical projects that combine written music and improvisation. Through skilful electronic sound treatments he strives to push back the boundaries of his instrument, as well as those of slide trumpet, flugelhorn and tuba.

A sought-after musician on stage as well as in studio, Sylvain Bardiau is also a soloist with the French National Jazz Orchestra, is a member of the electronic/noise duet gdZit.

The trumpeter collaborates with Amalgames, Denis Charolles and La Campagnie des Musiques à Ouïr, Fred Maurin’s Ping Machine, Winston MacAnuff, the brass band Les Faux Freres, Camille Bazbaz, Tricky, Raul Paz, Caribbean singer Calypso Rose, Emmanuel Bex, André Minvielle, Rémi Sciuto, Antonin Rayon, Jacques Higelin, Charles Aznavour and Eric Lareine.

Saxophonist, composer and arranger Fred Gastard has a wide experience through different projects blending written and improvised music like Melosolex (with Denis Charolles and Vincent Peirani), Fredo Pallem’s Le Sacre Du Tympan, Marc Ducret Quintet and huge formation Tower-Bridge, also trio Montagne.

He writes music for theatre and contemporary dance, as well as leading artists of French chanson like Jacques Higelin, André Minvielle, Eric Lareine and Fantazio. The musician has teamed with Django Bates, Michel Portal and Sanseverino among other celebrated personalities.

Matthias Mahler started to play trombone at the age nine in his father’s brass band. While studying in Paris he played in symphony orchestras, big bands, salsa and R&R bands.

His meeting with François Corneloup, Marc Ducret and Eric Echampard gave him a decisive impulse to turn towards improvised music.

Matthias Mahler collaborates with Denis Charolles and La Campagnie des Musiques à Ouïr, Remi Sciuto’s Wildmimi Antigroove Syndicate, Emmanuel Bex and French singers André Minvielle, Eric Lareine and Jacques Higelin.

He plays in Marc Ducret Quintet and Tower-Bridge, as well as Le Sacre Du Tympan, Taranta Babu, X‘tet and Lithuanians’ beloved Ozma. 

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