Tam de Villiers 4tet

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Tam de Villiers 4tet Short Info

« … an excellent guitarist, fascinating compositions, a very high level… »
Marc Ducret, guitarist

« solidly founded on writing of a poetic sense, incontestably unique » Franck Bergerot, JAZZ MAGAZINE

« excellent and very idiosyncratic. Highly recommended ! »
Jazz Podium, Benno Bartsch

« acrobatic mind-poetry. Amazing. »
JazzThing, Joe

For the the best part of a decade, the quartet of British-born guitarist, Tam de Villiers, has been striving for musical authenticity, compositional originality and honest group interplay. Avoiding pastiche of the past and present, and deftly side-stepping the fleeting musical trends of the moment, the aim here is to explore a personal take on the human experience, defying genres and period.

Resolutely idiosyncratic, the music of Tam de Villiers surprises, and astonishes the listener with a melting pot of influences seamlessly combined into an original voice. What starts out as a jazz piece, leads us into a contrapuntal baroque fantasie, then veers off into abrasive progressive rock, skimming past rockabilly twangs before plunging into a trance inducing minimalist motif. Yet despite the apparent eclecticism, there is a carefully crafted archetypal balance underpinning the form here that brings a sense of classical coherence to the notes, both written and improvised.

Continuing to develop musical relationships by working closely with this regular team of musicians, amongst the best of the French scene new generation (Karl Jannuska – drums, David Prez – tenor sax, Frederic Chiffoleau– double bass), de Villiers recorded the latest album,"Panacea", in June this year. This new opus expands upon the quartet's body of work following the critically acclaimed albums, "Alba Lux" 2008 and "Motion Unfolding" 2011. Described as "Amazing, acrobatic, mind-poetry" by the Jazz Thing magazine, song-writing was explored on this last album which featured the award winning singer David Linx. Now with "Panacea", de Villiers pushes the poetic song writing aspect of his music even further, and this time invited Hungarian singer, Gabor Winand, whose virtuosic baritone voice and remarkable approach to scat improvisation bring an exceptional lyricism to four tracks of the album.

"Panacea" will be released on the dynamic London based label Whirlwind Recordings in March 2015, with scheduled tours of the UK, France, Belgium and Germany throughout the beginning of 2015.

« … an excellent guitarist, fascinating compositions, a very high level… »
Marc Ducret, guitarist

« solidly founded on writing of a poetic sense, incontestably unique » Franck Bergerot, JAZZ MAGAZINE

« excellent and very idiosyncratic. Highly recommended ! »
Jazz Podium, Benno Bartsch

« acrobatic mind-poetry. Amazing. »
JazzThing, Joe

For the the best part of a decade, the quartet of British-born guitarist, Tam de Villiers, has been striving for musical authenticity, compositional originality and honest group interplay. Avoiding pastiche of the past and present, and deftly side-stepping the fleeting musical trends of the moment,...

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Past Gigs Tam de Villiers 4tet

  • 05 | 2015 Parvis, Chartres, FR "Panacea" CD release Tour
  • 03 | 2015 TBA, Paris, FR "Panacea" CD release Tour
  • 03 | 2015 Schmazz/Splinter Newcastle, UK "Panacea" CD release Tour
  • 03 | 2015 Bebop Club, Bristol, UK "Panacea" CD release Tour
  • 03 | 2015 TBA London, UK "Panacea" CD release Tour
  • 03 | 2015 Lescar, Sheffield, UK "Panacea" CD release Tour
  • 03 | 2015 Dempseys, Cardiff, UK "Panacea" CD release Tour
  • 03 | 2015 SMJC Southampton, UK "Panacea" CD release Tour
  • 03 | 2015 Shrewsbury Jazz Network, UK "Panacea" CD release Tour
  • 03 | 2015 Birmingham Jazz, UK "Panacea" CD release Tour
  • 03 | 2015 Sound Cellar Poole, UK "Panacea" CD release Tour
  • 03 | 2015 Swing Unlimited Bournmouth, UK "Panacea" CD release Tour
  • 02 | 2015 Club Hanseat, Salzwedel, DE "Panacea" CD release Tour
  • 02 | 2015 Bflat, Berlin, DE "Panacea" CD release Tour
  • 02 | 2015 Hopper, Antwerp, BE "Panacea" CD release Tour
  • 02 | 2015 Jazzolder, Mechelem, BE "Panacea" CD release Tour
  • 02 | 2015 Bravo, Brussels. BE "Panacea" CD release Tour

Discography Tam de Villiers 4tet

  • 2015 Panacea Album | Whirlwind Recordings
  • 2011 Motion Unfolding Album | Double Moon Records
  • 2008 Alba Lux Album | Yes or No Prod

Media

  • Sound Archon
  • Sound Message In A Bottle
  • Sound Condigne Delusion
  • Video Motion Unfolding EPK - Tam ...

Origin

  • Paris FR

Founded

  • 2007

Members

  • Tam de Villiers Guitar, composition
  • Karl Jannuska Drums
  • Frederic Chiffoleau Bass / Double Bass
  • David Prez Tenor Sax
  • (guest) David Linx Singer on "Motion Unfolding"
  • (guest) Gabor Winand Singer on "Panacea"

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