Julien Marga Quartet
Wednesday 5 December 2018
Trained at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and active on the Belgian and French scene for several years, the French guitarist Julien Marga is firmly in the “promising new blood” category. Julient is influenced by Pat Metheny and Keith Jarrett and plays a modern, melodic and delicate jazz.
“Hypnosis” is the quartet’s latest album released in October 2017. A record of great coherence, focusing on the sound of the band and highlighting a keen sense of melody. Julien Marga plays a subtle, elegant jazz, tinged with Afro-American and Malagasy influences.
A blend of taste and aesthetics that is reminiscent of some illustrious guitar leaders such as John Scofield, Gilad Hekselman or Bill Frisell. In the background of each composition, the influence of the ECM label and its sense of space.
“The gang of four flees the ostentatious splinters and sterile virtuosity. This album exudes charm and delicacy” Christian Larréde – Musique et Culture
“The new generation of jazz is coming” Romain Decoret – Guitarist Acoustic
“A sense of breathing and space rare to find. As a guitarist, Julien Marga is the kind of musician to whom any notion of show off is foreign. One of the strong points is the telepathic connection between the guitarist and his pianist Geoffrey Fiorese ( … )
They are jostled by a rhythmic section that does not let them go a second (…) His warm, uncluttered lyricism, marks a predilection for aerial atmospheres, soaring, with a particular setting that gives the impression of flying above the fray. The construction of its choruses gives quite often the sensation of a rise towards the high altitudes.” Jean-Francois Mondot – Jazz Magazine
“An elaborated music, interpreted with emotion, that leaves spaces for each to express themselves” Thierry Giard – Culture Jazz