JARAWA means « the strangers » or « the others » in the Andamanese language. This is also the name of a tribe living on an archipelago off the coast of Burma. Like other tribes decimated by the waves of forced cultural integration, some of them have taken their bows and arrows to shoot at the metal birds flying over their villages. But shooting an arrow at a passing plane is not only a symbol, it is an act of resistance. It means the refusal to submit to points of view that deny the other - the others - in their irreducible differences. Can one be a Jarawa in music today? Must one become one when the airwaves, just like steamrollers, broadcast ready-made melodies and rhythms of sweet anaesthesia?
Trumpet player and composer Aymeric Avice has gathered four musicians encountered along his musical career who have marked him by their total commitment and the virtuoso mastery of their respective instruments. Freed from any dogma and preconception regarding improvised music, their extremely broad musical cultures span both baroque and metal music, jazz and noise rock, free and afrobeat. They carry the quintet's music far from conceptual experimentations towards more earthy, telluric, intense and physical creations.
JARAWA QUINTET was created on July 15th 2017 at the Jazz à Luz festival in partnership with the Tribu Festival (Dijon) and the Jazzdor festival (Strasbourg).
AYMERIC AVICE: trumpet, laptop
Aymeric Avice begins music at the age of six in Cherbourg, then in the conservatories of the 10th and 20th arrondissements of Paris, and finally at the CNSM in Paris where he gets a first prize in 2006. Following his encounter with Sunny Murray at seventeen, he gets passionate about free improvisation. Founder member of the trio Jean Louis (metal jazz) and the big band Radiation10, he has collaborated with André Minvielle, Billy Hart, Charlie Haden, Akosh S., Han Bennink or Christian Vander.
DAUNIK LAZRO: tenor & baritone saxophone
Influenced by Albert Ayler and Ornette Coleman, Daunik Lazro begins in 1975 alongside american double bass player Saheb Sarbib. In 1982, he starts a collaboration with bass player Jean-Jacques Avenel. At the end of the '80s, he forms a trio with Michel Doneda and Lê Quan Ninh. He records several albums with American saxophone Joe McPhee. A pionner of European jazz, he has performed with Jac Berrocal, Evan Parker, Joëlle Léandre, Raymond Boni or Jean-François Pauvros.
JASPER STADHOUDERS: electric guitar
Guitarist and bassist based in Amsterdam, Jasper Stadhouders has performed music on stage since the age of eight. An active member of the international improvised music circuit, he is a co-founder of the band Cactus Truck and part of such diverse bands as Spinifex or Lily’s Déjà Vu. He also occasionally works in the fields of dance and theatre. He has played with Han Bennink, Paal Nilssen-Love, Noel Redding, Jim Black, Andrew D'Angelo, Terrie Ex and Andy Moor.
AHMAD COMPAORÉ: drums, percussion
Of Egyptian and Burkinabé origins, Ahmad Compaoré confirms his singular talent alongside Fred Frith, Marc Ribot, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Barre Phillips, Camel Zekri or Egyptian choreographer Karima Mansour. Twice recipient of the Culturesfrance "Hors Les Murs" award, he lived in India and Japan as part of residencies of creation. Free from boundaries, he equally enjoys the most extreme experiences in alternative and improvised music, jazz and fusion. Involved in many projects, he is currently a drummer within Lucky Peterson's quartet.
JEAN-PHILIPPE MOREL: double bass
A double bass virtuoso, Jean-Philippe Morel is also a talented composer. A self-taught musician, he begins his musical training between the CNCM in Nancy, the CNSM in Paris and various jazz, rock or metal bands. He carries such captivating projects as the music groups United Colors of Sodom, Dr Knock and the madRecordz label. Refusing any stylistic label, he has performed with Tom Cora, Martial Solal, Philippe Gleizes, Archie Shepp, Médéric Collignon, Akosh S. and Noël Akchoté.