Albi jazz festival: the thousand worlds of Thomas de Pourquery

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Saxophonist, singer, songwriter, actor, Thomas de Pourquery has demonstrated his multifaceted talent for more than 20 years. He will be at the Grand Théâtre on Wednesday January 18 as part of the Albi jazz festival.

Wanting to enter Thomas de Pouquery in an artistic box would be very restrictive. The man has too many caps. On Wednesday January, he will be at the big theater with his sax and his group Supersonic, to present his latest album “Back to the moon”.

Are you arriving in Albi with your group Supersonic to present a concert that can be described as cosmic?

We will say that we travel from one planet to another, with different musical universes. I like to mix genres, universes. That’s why I make music. There will be very written pieces, and a lot of improvisation. I want each concert to be unique.

Did you fall into the jazz pot at a very young age?

I don’t consider myself a jazz musician. I go where life takes me. But I like this music which is the last refuge, a land of welcome for many artists. To answer your question, when I was young, I was rocked by the music my father listened to. It went from Nougaro to Nina Simone to Miles David.

It’s all very jazzy.

That is true. But with adolescence, I discovered pop and rock, electro. That’s all that interests me. I am not a concept person. I like wandering from one music to another and working for other artists.
You are also pursuing a career as a film actor. (Editor’s note, he played in Sadness club, the photographers, each one for all, He is one of us, the law of the jungle, Selfie and Saint-Omer.) A completely different job where you have to learn patience on film sets .
It’s clear. Between the music on stage and the cinema, it’s yin and yang. Two totally different approaches. I really like these changes. I learn new things. And then, I’m a film buff, it’s part of my balance.

Did you handle the lockdowns well?

The first was very successful. I wrote and composed a lot. Almost every day. The second was much more complicated. We all thought it was going to go away. Well no. I had podcast orders for FIP. But the very essence of my job is the encounter, the stage. We can’t just do studio. I admit that I was very unhappy. And then, all these artist streamings where we see them alone in front of a screen. What a catastrophe. I was at a point where I stopped watching my favorite artists and brought out their records.

Today, everything is back to normal?

Not really. We realize that there is a little less public in the rooms. It feels like there is an acceptance to stay at home. I am naturally optimistic. It’s up to us musicians, but also the whole of the performing arts, to shake up the cottages. We know, we see that the current context is gloomy at the moment. There is a self-withdrawal in a somewhat sick society.

With online platforms everyone stays at home.

It is a new way of consuming culture. I repeat. We have to make people want to go out again. Nothing replaces a concert where you feel the sound, the quality of the artists. It’s the same for the big screens in the cinema. We have to rebel against this, take our notes to the street, go out and meet people. Music brings happiness. And this happiness, we are sorely lacking.

The Albi Jazz festival program

The In-Festival
Saturday January 14: Fidel Fourneyron Septuor, 8:30 p.m., at Cap Découverte.
Sunday January 15: Lionel Suarez and André Minvielle, 5 p.m. at Appolo de Mazamet.
Wednesday 18 January: Macha Gharibian/Thomas de Pourquery, at 8.30 p.m. at the Grand Théâtre.
Thursday 19 January: Canto/Suarez Trio Gardel, at 8.30 p.m. at the Grand Théâtre.
Friday 20 January: Pierre de Bethmann trio/Airelle besson quartet try, at 8.30 p.m. at the Grand Théâtre.
Saturday 21 January: Harrison Kennedy, Jean-Jacques Milteau, Vincent Ségal/Théo Ceccaldi quintet, at 8.30 p.m. at the Grand Théâtre.
Not to mention the dozens of free concerts at the festival off.

The Off Festival (free)
Jazz in town
The students of the Tarn Conservatory (Jazz class) and Julien Duthu offer you musical stages all over the city.
Under the Majic mirror marquee
12:30 p.m.: Concerts lunch break
▪Thursday 19 January. David Pautric Sextet
▪Friday 20 January. Julien Duthu & Friends.
▪Saturday 21 January. Yougz and The Wonder Drums.
▪Sunday 22 January. Lionel Suarez solo at 12:30 p.m. + Trio French Quarter at 3 p.m.
7 p.m.: Aperitif concerts
▪Wednesday 18 January. Bowl.
▪Thursday 19 January. CMDT Big Band.
▪Friday 20 January. Tribute to Louis Armstrong.
▪Saturday 21 January. UHO.
9 p.m.: evening concerts
▪Wednesday 18 January. Nomads.
▪Thursday 19 January. The Other Big Band (17 musicians).
▪Friday 20 January Dju.
▪Saturday 21 January. Etienne Manchon trio.
23 hours. jam sessions.
▪Improvised session under the sign of sharing
Friday January 20: Electro evening with LUV.

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