Instruments: Piano & Guitar
Label: Mons Records
Distribution: New Arts (Europe) & Superstop (Japan)
Ivan Paduart – born in 1966, the Belgian pianist and composer first sat at the piano as a ten-year-old. At seventeen he discovered jazz, and since then he's been steadily climbing the career ladder step by step, reaping major awards along the way. He has long been regarded as a fixture on the international jazz scene and has his own distinctive hallmarks in terms of composition and interpretation. His guiding theme is “melody first”. Paduart said that he has always tried with his music to "reach the heart first and the mind second, yet still stimulate both". He doesn't use gimmickry or "sexy tricks". Instead he uses pure, seemingly simple melodies, enriched with complex harmonies to achieve his ambitious goal.
Quentin Dujardin – the guitarist, composer and producer first saw the light of day in Belgium too, in 1977. His musically gifted father, an unconditional devotee of classical organ music, introduced him to this world very early on, and he took lessons in classical guitar, music history and music theory. As a 15-year-old, he discovered by chance the Belgian jazz guitar virtuoso Philip Catherine, who paved his way into the world of improvised music. Extensive travel with his guitar to all corners of the world left its mark on his playing, which is inspired by diverse musical styles. On the frontier between classical, jazz and world music, the composer and guitarist is now one of the biggest names on the scene, as well as a highly respected composer for documentary and film.
The two exceptional artists Ivan Paduart and Quentin Dujardin met for the first time in 2004. They released their first album "Vivre" in 2005, an impressive fusion of piano and guitar, and with it created a distinctive new sound. A world of sound that spans many genres and makes space for warm harmonies and profound lyrical melodies.
On their current album "Catharsis", they've got some great musicians on their side whose names speak for themselves: Manu Katché (drums), Richard Bona (bass and vocals), Olivier Ker Ourio (chromatic harmonica) and Bert Joris (trumpet).
With "Catharsis", Ivan Paduart and Quentin Dujardin have once again succeeded in the high art of reaching and stimulating both the heart and mind!
IVAN PADUART & QUENTIN DUJARDIN "Catharsis"
Ivan Paduart - piano
Quentin Dujardin - nylon, electric & slide guitars
Bert Joris - trumpet
Theo De Jong or Reggie Washington - bass
Manu Katché - drums
"This beautifully recorded and wonderfully produced album offers many sensibilities on display: Afro-Pop ("Hu-man Being"), Brazil ("Délivrance" and "Song for Paco"). Eastern Europe ("Far Ahead") and French music viewed through the lens of the great Belgian trumpeter/composer Bert Joris ("Isabelle").
Though individual solo space is given less priority than the long melodies, sophisticated harmonies and sensitive orchestrations, this music could only be made by musi-cians who are jazz artists at heart. It has what all good music need to have: compositions that are finely crafted and performances that are full of feeling.
This beautiful project stands on its own. And like all good music, it has the most important quality: that it is memorable." - Fred Hersch
Quentin Dujardin plays on Hanika guitar www.hanika.de