Emile Parisien

soprano saxophon | France
Management Artist, Live Artist

Saxophonist Emile Parisien is one of the most important protagonists of contemporary French jazz. A jazz visionary, who may have one foot in that ancient soil, but his gaze is firmly fixed on the future. The leading French newspaper Le Monde has called him “the best new thing that has happened in European jazz for a long time,” while the Hamburg radio station NDR made the point of telling its listeners to give Parisien their “undivided attention.” The reference points on Parisien’s personal musical map are very widely spread indeed. They range from the popular folk traditions of his homeland to the compositional rigour of contemporary classical music, and also to the abstraction of free jazz. And yet everything he does has a naturalness and authenticity about it. Rather than appearing pre-meditated or constrained, his music has a flow, he traverses genres with a remarkable fleetness of foot and an effortless inevitability. What is it that makes the simple urgency of Parisien’s music quite so enjoyable? How does he manage to combine a provocative and anarchic streak with such a captivating sense of swing? Anyone who has seen and heard him on stage will know: it is because he lives his jazz with body and soul, because there is an authenticity and honesty inflecting every breath and every note. - In collaboration with Inclinaisons France -

With breathtaking technical skills, great sensitivity, imagination and a good amount of anarchy, Emile Parisien investigates, challenges and expands the jazz genre. The result is fresh, European music, rousing, virtuoso and full of emotion.
In more than ten years the Emile Parisien quartet has played various concerts all over the world. They got inspired by freethinkers like Wayne Shorter or Ornette Coleman, but their ingenuity and their way to try something new are not to compare with other ensembles. The quartet has its own way of telling musical stories and to show its exuberant creativity and friskiness.
The new album of the band, "Double Screening", combines all of their exceptional qualities.

Ivan Gélugne (double bass), Julien Loutelier (drums), Emile Parisien (soprano saxophon), Julien Touéry (piano)

During the Jazz Festival in Marciac in 2015, a new quintet got together: a unique musical symbiosis between Emile Parisien, upcoming guitar player Manu Codjia, bassist Simon Tailleu, Mario Costa on the drums and the German jazz piano master Joachim Kühn. With free improvisations, high-energetic moments, emotional sounds and wild eruptions the dream team sets the concert halls on fire. In addition, the quintet made his international mark with the studio album 'Sfumato' and received one of the most important music awards in France, the Victoires du Jazz, for the best album in 2017.

Manu Codija (guitar), Mário Costa (drums), Joachim Kühn (piano), Emile Parisien (soprano saxophon), Simon Tailleu (double bass)

For once, here’s a band for which the word 'supergroup' is completely apposite. Swiss vocalist Andreas Schaerer, German pianist Michael Wollny, French accordionist Vincent Peirani and his saxophonist compatriot Emile Parisien are four of the brightest and most charismatic stars in European jazz, and they have now formed themselves into a quartet. Their new live recording “Out of Land” demonstrates why they are at the very pinnacle of jazz musicians of their generation.

Emile Parisien (soprano saxophon), Vincent Peirani (accordion), Andreas Schaerer (voice), Michael Wollny (piano)

12.10.2019 FR - Tourcoing // Tourcoing Jazz Festival Emile Parisien Quartet
13.10.2019 FR - Nimes // Nimes Metropol Jazz Festival Emile Parisien Quartet
15.10.2019 BE - Gent // Bijloke Emile Parisien Quartet
16.10.2019 FR - Oullins // RhinoJazz(s) Emile Parisien Quartet
17.10.2019 FR - Toulouse // Jazz sur son 31 Emile Parisien Quartet
18.10.2019 FR - Montpellier // Le Jam Emile Parisien Quartet
19.10.2019 FR - Entraigues // La Courroie Emile Parisien Quartet
25.10.2019 DE - Kiel // Kulturforum Kiel Emile Parisien Quartet
26.10.2019 DE - Wuppertal // Jazz Club Wuppertal | Loch Emile Parisien Quartet
28.10.2019 DE - Krün // Schloss Elmau Emile Parisien Quartet
29.10.2019 AT - Innsbruck // Treibhaus Emile Parisien Quartet
30.10.2019 DE - Langenau // Pfleghof Emile Parisien Quartet
31.10.2019 DE - Darmstadt // Centralstation Emile Parisien Quartet
01.11.2019 DE - Kassel // Theaterstübchen Emile Parisien Quartet
17.11.2019 FR - Strassbourg // Jazz d'Or Emile Parisien Quartet
29.11.2019 NL - Rotterdam // Lantarenvenster Emile Parisien Quartet
30.11.2019 DE - Schwäbisch Gmünd // Jazz:Mission Emile Parisien Quartet
06.12.2019 FR - Paris // La Gare Emile Parisien Quartet
07.12.2019 FR - Paris // La Gare Emile Parisien Quartet
18.01.2020 AT - Saalfelden // Kunsthaus Nexus Emile Parisien Quartet
01.03.2020 DE - Essen // Grillo Theater Emile Parisien Quartet
05.03.2020 FR - Cannes // Theatre Alexandre III Emile Parisien Quartet
06.03.2020 DE - Neuburg // Birdland Neuburg Emile Parisien Quartet
07.03.2020 DE - Feldafing // Jazz am See Emile Parisien Quartet
08.03.2020 DE - Esslingen // Dieselstrasse Emile Parisien Quartet
09.03.2020 DE - Ulm // Verein für moderne Musik Ulm/Neu-Ulm e. V. Emile Parisien Quartet
11.03.2020 FR - Nantes // Pannonica Emile Parisien Quartet
12.03.2020 FR - Sceaux // Les Gemeaux Emile Parisien Quartet
13.03.2020 FR - Cenon // Rocher de Palmer Emile Parisien Quartet
14.03.2020 DE - Braunschweig // LOT-Theater Emile Parisien Quartet
15.03.2020 DE - Hameln // double time jazz club Emile Parisien Quartet
30.04.2020 FR - Metz // Arsenal Emile Parisien Quartet
13.11.2020 LU - Luxemburg // CUBE 521 Emile Parisien Quartet