March 2019 : feat. ADAM O’FARRILL
Thomas Champagne – saxophone
Guillaume Vierset – guitar
Ruben Lamon – double bass
Alain Deval – drums
GUEST: Adam O’Farrill – trumpet
This new year we started with a very special guest and a new project:
THOMAS CHAMPAGNE RANDOM HOUSE feat. ADAM O’FARRILL (NY)
Thomas Champagne Random House continues its journey after the release of his album “Sweet Day” in October 2017.
This season, the Quartet invites a magnificent trumpet player, Adam O’Farrill, rising star of the New York scene.
Random House is still growing in its world of modern jazz, on the one hand very melodic and lyrical, joyously colored pop sound but on the other hand strongly influenced by the New York school, with very free structures and contemporary sounds!
Adam O’Farrill was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, into a family of musicians. His grandfather is the legendary Afro-Cuban composer and arranger Chico O’Farrill, multiple Grammy Award winner, and his father is pianist / composer Arturo O’Farrill.
At 23, he is one of the trumpet trumpet figures in the Big Apple. His album “Stranger Days” released in 2016 was critically acclaimed.
In addition to his own projects, he is a member of Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls (who won the 2015 Downbeat Critics Poll for the Best Jazz Album), and Stephan Crump’s Rhombal, alongside Ellery Eskelin and Tyshawn Sorey.
He also played with Vijay Iyer, Mulatu Astatke, Mary Halvorson, Steve Lehman, Christian McBride, Jason Lindner, Samora Pinderhughes, Onyx Collective, …
10 intense days in March 2019 with 7 concerts in Brussels, Wallonia and Flanders and a visit to the Jet Studio!
Choose your date and come see us!
What they say about Thomas Champagne Random House:
Ashley Kahn’s discussion of John Coltrane’s Impulse! label is aplty titled ‘The House That Trane Built’.
Now, saxophonist Thomas Champagne is building his own house – Random House – and is moving in together with Guillaume Vierset (guitar), Ruben Lamon (bass) and Alain Deval (drums). And while the four of them are currently busy with reconstruction and renovation works, the first blueprint of the final design is now ready. And it’s name is ‘Sweet Day’. Listen closely and you’ll hear the influence of other great exemplars such as Lee Konitz and Wayne Shorter. But also a vision that goes beyond that of a traditional design. With clever nods to contemporary architects of the New York school such as Ralph Alessi, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Nasheet Waits, the four attempt to erect a more classical structure with modernist leanings and a few colourful yet unexpected twists.
Works are still under construction. And only time will tell in which direction things will go. As with Chris Ware’s graphic novel ‘Building Stories’, only the building blocks are present and every combination leads to a different outcome. ‘Sweet Day’ shares the same characteristics. Depending on your mood, where you listen and with whom, you’ll discover new elements and new possibilities every time you play it.
Random House has the potential to achieve the same notoriety as other famous addresses such as ‘461 Ocean Boulevard’, ‘Penny Lane’, the corner of Hollywood & Vine, ‘52nd Street’ and Avenue C, as once frequented by Count Basie.
Text by Georges Tonla Briquet
“Thomas Champagne is out to discover a new soundscape. With Guillaume Vierset (gtr), Ruben Lamon (db) and Alain Deval (dm), he is on the way to discovering a large part of it.
Very quickly, the new Random House quartet turns out to be kind of radical when it comes to its choices. The search for new sensations leads to an exploration of sound. The bare playing better underlines the sharpness of the melodies. A tendency towards contemplation and intimacy lays the foundations for a contained, intense, post-Coltranian groove that is full of respirations but above all inspiration. The alto sax bounces off the lace-like arpeggios spun by the guitar. The rhythms are constantly bouncing, sometimes discreetly at other times red-hot and always perfectly in tune with the project.
The quartet takes a bold freedom in tone, an openness in the music’s development that leaves plenty of room for ideas and dialogue. This gives the melodies time to find their feet, and for the entwined tempos to take effect. The mood veers between introspection and a spontaneous swing that is full of relief.
There are still zones to be discovered and explored in jazz. Random House is doing just that, without forgetting its roots, nor the swing, nor the groove.”
Jacques Prouvost, Journalist
Photo & Videos : Joop Pareyn
Cover: Simon Defosse