Moutin Reunion Quartet

Francois Moutin was born in Paris. His early interest in music was encouraged by his parents. At age 5, Francois began studying guitar, then piano by age 11. The acoustic bass became his most lasting passion as a teenager. Also studying mathematics and physics, Francois received a college degree in engineering and earned a doctorate in physics at the age of 24. Then he elected to become a professional musician.

Three years later, as a member of the legendarey Martial Solal’s Trio, Francois was recognized as one of the finest young bass players in Europe. At 29, he began co-leading the Quintet Moutin with his twin brother Louis, a top echelon Jazz drummer. This project has evolved into the Moutin Reunion Quartet.

When he was still living in Paris, Francois worked non-stop with the greatest musicians of this age : Martial Solal, Michel Portal, Antoine Herve, Daniel Humair, André Ceccarelli, Eric Lelann, Jean-Michel Pilc, Christian Escoude. He has also performed with Peter Erskine, Randy Brecker, Niels Lan Doky, Mino Cinelu, Dave Liebman, John Abercrombie, Toots Thielemans, Didier Lockwood, Larry Schneider, Aldo Romano, James Moody, Terry Lyne Carrington, Richard Galliano, Bernard Lubat, Aaron Scott, George Brown, Sunny Murray, Michel Legrand, Archie Shepp, Claude Nougaro, Trilok Gurtu, Bob Berg, Birelli Lagrene, Wladimir Kosma, Marius Constant, Markus Stockhausen, L'ensemble Inter Contemporain. François has performed in every important European Jazz Festival, and he has toured in over 30 countries around the world.

In November 1997, he moved his base to New York where he has found steady work in live performance and studio sessions with the premier artists on the New York Jazz Scene. A partial list of their names reads like the yellow pages of Jazz : James Hurt, Ari Hoenig, Jean-Michel Pilc, Greg Tardy, Gene Jackson, Dave Binney, Rudy Mahanthappa, Vijay Iyer, Adam Rogers, David Gilmore, Ben Monder, Billy Drews, Jamie Haddad, Steve Hass, Franck Wess, Jimmy Heath, Monty Alexander, Benny Powell, Richie Beirach, Dave Liebman, Clarke Terry, Oliver Lake, Harry Belafonte, Odean Pope, Don Alias, Rick Margitza, Mike Stern… Francois has also recorded and performed with Arab Music star Simon Shaheen. He is a familiar presence on the stages of such establishments as Sweet Basil, Birdland, Blue Note, Knitting Factory, Zinc Bar, Cornelia Street Café, Jazz Gallery, Tonic, Smoke, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, New York Symphony Space. François has also appeared at major Jazz Festivals around the coutry like Newport JVC, Bell Atlantic, Monterey, Kansas City and Detroit.

Born in Paris on Chrismas Eve 1961, Louis Moutin developed an early passion for music, particularly Jazz, in which he becamed immersed thanks to the family’s record collection. When he was seven years old, Louis began teaching himself to play piano. At age 20, he chose to become a jazz drummer.

At 24, after completing training as an engineer at the prestigious Ecole Centrale and receiving a Masters Degree in Mathematics, Louis decided to abandon a career in technology and to pursue his musical interests. Within three years, he was a member of the very successful Machado Trio, and was already regarded as one of the best European Jazz drummers, performing frequently in the international Jazz Festival network.

At 29, Louis teamed with his twin brother Francois, a highly regarded upright bass player, to form their first group. This collaboration by the Moutin brothers drew praise from Jazz audiences and music professionals alike. The Moutin Reunion Quartet, born in 1998, is a natural outcome of this collaboration.

Meanwhile Louis has pursued a steady career as sideman with such renowned artists as : Martial Solal, Antoine Herve, Michel Portal, François Jeanneau, Manuel Rocheman, Michel Legrand, Christian Escoude, Albert Mangelsdorff, Andy Emler, N'guyen Le, Jean-Marie Machado, Jean Michel Pilc, Eric Lelann, Laurent Dehors, Simon-Spang-Hanssen.

On various occasions, he has also performed with: Danilo Perez, John Abercrombie, Larry Schneider, Toots Thielemans, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Didier Lockwood, Markus Stockhausen, l'Ensemble Inter Contemporain, Johnny Griffin...

Born in 1974, the young pianist,Baptiste Trotignon native of Nantes, moved to Paris in 1995, and decided to devote himself to jazz after a dozen year spent studying classical piano.

Baptiste Trotignon was barely 26 years old when « Fluide », his first album as a leader, was released on the label « Naive ».

Shortly after he had moved to Paris, Baptiste was heard in every jazz-club of the capital as well as in festivals around France and abroad (Marciac, Sête, La Villette, Izmir, Düsseldorff, Calvi, Albi, Knitting Factory à New-York…).

In 2002, the Baptiste Trotignon Trio (with Clovis Nicolas and Tony Rabeson) has received unanimous acclaim in Europe. Baptiste is a key member of Moutin Reunion (with the Moutin brothers and Rick Margitza), and has been a collaborator of many groups on the French Jazz Scene : Alex Tassel Quintet, Claudia Solal Quartet, Jérôme Barde Quartet, Umberto Pagnini Quartet (La Cricca d'Umberto), Eric Le Lann Trio (featuring Riccardo Del Fra), Pierrick Pedron Quartet, Jean Christophe Beney Quartet.

Also, he has been heard performing with Albert Mangelsdorff, François Théberge, George Brown, Olivier Ternime, Bertrand Renaudin, the Belmondo brothers, Christian Escoudé, Sara Lazarus, the Naturel brothers, Steve Potts, Gildas Scouarnec, J-L Longnon, Eric Barret, Christian " tonton " Salut, David Murray, Peter King, Manuel Rocheman, Daniel Huck, Jean Louis Chautemps…

In 1994, he was performing as both pianist and comedian in Alain Corneau’s movie " Le Nouveau Monde ".

In June 1996, he earned the second soloist award at the National Jazz Contest of La Defense. Between 1997 and 1999, he was a distinguished member of the " Nuits Blanches du Petit Opportun » Collective.

In 2001, he received a Golden Django in the New Artist Category for his first album « Fluide ». His second album as a leader, « Sightseeing », was released later on the same year.

In 2002, he earned the Grand Prize at Martial Solal International Jazz-Piano Competition. This contest happens every four years. Its 2002 version had more than 100 candidates from 29 countries competing against each other. The jury was composed of 9 international figures of jazz chosen by Martial Solal. The level required to be selected for the first round only was already extremely high The final round (the 3rd one) was won by Baptiste against 5 more remaining brillant candidates.

Rick Margitza, who has long been regarded as one of the « Young Lyons » of the International Jazz Scene, is nowadays one of the most respected musicians of his generation. Excellent tenor and soprano saxophonist, mostly inspired by John Coltrane, Michael Brecker and Wayne Shorter, he has managed to expand and develop his unique voice, highly poetic and sharply incisive.

He started on the violin when he was four. His grandfather was a cellist and his father a violinist with the Detroit Symphony. He then studied classical piano for a bit, and also played oboe before switching to tenor in high school. He attended Wayne State University, Berklee, the University of Miami, and finally Loyola University in New Orleans, where he lived and played for four years.

Back then, Rick was touring with Maynard Ferguson and also Flora Purim and Airto Moreira. He then moved to New York in 1988.

That same year he joined Miles Davis' group and recorded two albums with them: “Amandla” and “Live around the world”. He then cut three sets as a leader for the prestigious label Blue Note during 1989-1991. Since 1994, his career found itself enriched with five more solo albums and collaborations with such artists as Maria Schneider, Chick Corea and Roy Haynes.

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