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Kaiju Eats Cheeseburgers

Percussionist, improviser and composer, Sylvain Darrifourcq chose the drums late in his career and discovered rock, jazz and improvised music. A well-known figure from a generation of improvisers intrigued by boundaries, he is a musician in high demand. He has collaborated with several French, European and American personalities such as: Joëlle Léandre, Tony Malaby, Michel Portal, Louis Sclavis, Marc Ducret, Andrea Parkins, Aksoh S, Kit Downes, etc. In 2009, he won a “Victoire du Jazz” with Emile Parisien Quartet. He was the quartet’s drummer for more than 10 years.

Fascinated by temporality, space and breaking points in music, he has been creating a very personal language built around the concepts of “multi-speed” and “physiquality”. In this Franco-Belgian trio consisting of saxophonist Manuel Hermia, cellist Valentin Ceccaldi and Sylvain Darrifourcq the musicians explore the sound that made them famous in Europe. The wild energy and great intensity communicated by the three musicians still contribute to a unique time-bound experience. Closer to a defined outline, their original process seems more and more clear.    

The energetic potential of instrumentation is used to its fullest: from a minimalist and noisy friction of the bow to a sound typhoon, the trio explores these extreme fields with the same eagerness. The new tones created by the sound objects of Sylvain Darrifourcq resonate perfectly with the creative cello of Valentin Ceccaldi: melodic, harmonic and percussive, all at once. Manuel Hermia exerts a powerful lyricism to this mechanical thread reaching a cathartic outburst.

Kaiju Eats Cheesebugers

Ein Klang-Taifun auf den Bühnen Europas:
Drummer Sylvain Darrifourcq erzeugt hermetische, packende Sound Landschaften mit seinem Instrumentarium bestehend aus Schlagzeug und diversen umfunktionierten Klangobjekten, Cellist Valentin Ceccaldi fängt sie auf, spielt damit und baut eine melodische, harmonische und perkussive zweite Dimension und Saxophonist Manuel Hermia führt das Ganze zu einer lyrischen, dreidimensionalen Einheit zusammen. Präzision, Intensität und wilde Energie auf der Basis von Polyrhythmen schaukeln sich langsam hoch zu einem kathartischen Ausbruch. Einem Konzert von Darrifourcq/Hermia/Ceccaldi zu folgen ist deshalb auch für die Zuhörer ein Prozess: Vom ersten Moment an verfolgt man gebannt der Entwicklung auf der Bühne, möchte sich an Momenten festkrallen, Soli hinauszögern und die Pausen auskosten um für den nächsten Ausbruch gewappnet zu sein. Es ist wie einer Wagner-Oper zu folgen, jedes Schneuzen im Konzertsaal wirkt fehl am Platz bis die Geschichte fertig erzählt ist. Man kennt das Gefühl: Die Erleichterung dass alles zu einem logischen Ganzen zusammengefunden hat, direkt gefolgt von der Enttäuschung, dass das Abenteuer vorbei ist.

Sylvain Darrifourcq, drums, percussions / Manuel Hermia, sax / Valentin Ceccaldi, cello




10.12.20 FR-Avignon - AJMi, La Manutention
12.12.20 FR-Melle - Café du Boulevard
14.04.21 DE-Berlin - A-Trane
15.04.21 DE-Berlin - A-Trane
16.04.21 available
17.04.21 DE-Lüdinghausen - Burg Vischering, tbc
13.09.21 DE-Krefeld - Jazzclub, tbc
14.-19.09.21 available
08.-10.11. 21 available
11.11.21 DE-Dresden - Tonne, tbc
12.11.21 available
13.11.21 DE-Bielefeld - Bunker Ulmenwall, tbc
14.11.21 DE-Hameln - Doubletime Jazz Club
15.11.21 DE-Hameln - Doubletime Jazz Club
16.11.21 DE-Kassel - Theaterstübchen
17.11.21 available

The trio will be available on request all over 2021 and 22.


About Kaiju Eats Cheeseburgers

“[...] very different but very exciting stuff” All About Jazz, UK

"[...] what these three gentlemen are doing is unlike anyone else in Europe or elsewhere." London Jazz News, UK

"[...] even if you are used to this kind of music, you never completely come back from such a sound experience.” Citizen Jazz, FR

"Keep the gates of the jazz clubs wide open. With the devotion of this trio, any viral danger will be reduced." Jazzhalo, BE

“‘Kaiju Eats Cheeseburgers’ is an explosive cocktail where the the lightning speed of freejazz, the rhythmic breaks and orchestral heatstrokes leads you to an unbelievable sound experience.” L’Avenir, BE

“Just as there were once cults of mystery, "Kaiju Eats Cheeseburgers" is a record of mystery!” Dragonjazz, BE

“A music to listen to and above all to discover in concert to experience all its energy.” Jazzaround Mag, BE

Older reviews:

“[das] gehört zum aktuell Spannendsten, was europäischer Jazz zu bieten hat: Riesen-Spielintelligenz, unbegrenzter Einfallsreichtum und großes Klang-Dynamik-Spektrum – atemberaubend!" Jazzthetik

“a furious post-industrial onslaught that rarely let up.” Jazzwise 

“one of the most exciting groups in Europe.”  LondonJazz news                                        

“Hermia, Ceccaldi et Darrifourcq donnent une véritable leçon de musique : imbrication ou choc des timbres, maîtrise des nuances, surprise des alliages des sonorités [...].Tout ici est source de ravissement.” Jazzmagazine 

“Parallèlement à MILESDAVISQUINTET! et In Love With, la paire Sylvain Darrifourcq / Valentin Ceccaldi continue sa fructueuse collaboration et renouvelle les potentialités que propose la musique en trio.” Citizen Jazz   






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