Erik Truffaz

Composer & Trumpeter (France)

In 1996, Erik Truffaz was one of the first French musicians produced by the prestigious label Blue Note Records, on which he will release 14 albums, for a total of more than 600,000 sales worldwide. He obtained a Victoire de la Musique award in 2004 with the record Saloua. The records Dawn and Bending New Corners, composed with his quartet and produced by Marcello Giuliani gave him international acclaim and allowed him to express himself through genres as diverse as symphonic or electronic music, but also in the different contexts of theater, dance, and cinema. His music projects express the complexity of his taste, fed by many encounters. Ranging from from jazz to rock and electronic music, and encompassing Indian, Sufi, and African influences, they often feature voice as fundamental theme. His next project, in collaboration with Sandrine Bonnaire and Marcello Giuliani, is a tribute to Marguerite Duras. 

From Medieval chants to contemporary minimalist electronic music

At Camargo, Erik Truffaz is researching Medieval and orthodox chants to get inspiration for a new work for eight voices, trumpet, and electronic music. He is mainly working on Perotin, a composer of the 12th century, looking for the repetition in his music. While both improvising and composing, Truffaz is experimenting to see if he can find a link between this Medieval music and contemporary minimalist electronic music. Erik Truffaz is currently in residence at Camargo thanks to a partnership with Marseille Jazz des Cinq Continents, a music festival that has long collaborated with Truffaz and that is currently supporting his creative research around voice and choir. The outcome will be a series of concerts in outstanding venues, as the Abbey of Saint Victor in Marseille, the Silvacane Abbey, and the Church of Roquevaire. 

Erik Truffaz is in residence at the Camargo Foundation from October 9 to 17, with support provided by Marseille Jazz des Cinq Continents.

Erik Truffaz and Julie Chénot, Director of the Camargo Foundation