Following the extraordinary statement of "Castel del Monte", French tuba and serpent player Michel Godard felt even more fascinated by this magical building and returned to Apulia for a second trip through times and cultures. Accompanied by some leading Italian and French improvisers like Gabriele Mirabassi and Vincent Courtois, Godard also called for the services of renowned Italian Ensemble Calixtinus who are specialized in Mediterranean music such as Gregorian Chants.
In 1989 Jean Luc discovers the ebony flute. Self taught flute-player, he was among the first generation of musicians to integrate this instrument into festoù-noz groups (Traditional Breton dance music).
Through practice in Brittany and numerous trips in Ireland, he has acquired a strong technical knowledge and has developed his own style. He likes to bring people together and engaged them in an artistic and musical experience. Nowadays, he moves through rich musical environment from traditional to classical via jazz with Breton, Malian, Polish, Brazilian and Arabic musicians and dancers.
Jean-Luc is also a renowned teacher and regularly runs music workshop in Brittany and abroad.
From tender Italian love songs to the empowering hymns of the Resistance, Trio Rouge is devoted to Italian song traditions. It expands the concept of 'canzone' to include an even broader musical spectrum of ideas. Romantic Italian ambience and pure Mediterranean joie-de-vivre performed by great musicians, who dare to up-date the beauty of traditional melodies for a new generation
La commistione, anzi la collaborazione tra musica classica e jazz è sempre stata al centro del lavoro di Michel Godard e aveva già trovato momenti di realizzazione esemplare - ad esempio, nello splendido Castel del Monte, uscito per la Enja nel 2000. Ecco, con questo Archangelica, un altro capitolo della ricerca godardiana, stavolta scaturente da una curiosa combinazione di elementi: l’invito a collaborare con un ensemble barocco, sulla base delle Leçons des ténèbres di Marc-Antoine Charpentier, in occasione di uno spettacolo tratto da un romanzo fantastico di Nancy Huston.
Only in a musical context can something so perfect be born from an imperfection...ImpertinAnce: intentionally misspelled, but perfectly composed. Impertinently brilliant!
Born near Belfort (France) in 1960, Michel Godard soon established himself as an extraordinarily versatile exponent of the tuba, pursuing a career in jazz and classical music.Today he is one of the most virtous tuba and serpent players in Jazz as well as in improvised music. This site informs about his activities in its diversity.
The Castel del Monte near Ruvo di Puglia, Southern Italy, was the last and most beautiful building of Frederick II. (1194-1250), Roman emperor and King of Sicily. It dominates the Apulian landscape like a white crystal, a fata morgana beyond time and space whose original purpose will probably remain a mystery forever. When German producer Achim Hebgen and French musician Michel Godard visited the castle together, they felt there should be music created in and for the building - music that is simultaneously in the past, the present and the future. Along the borders between Mediterranean folk song and modern composition, mediaeval tradition and jazz improvisation, the first "Castel Del Monte" project (ENJ-9362 2) became a great musical document of the European-Arabic heritage and its historical continuity. Critics liked it all over Europe: CD of the month (Stereoplay), Rating: **** ½ (Jazzthetik), "Un sentiment d'éternité; **** (Jazzman).