Yessaï Karapetian has found the right adjective to describe his jazz: futuristic. Perhaps because this gifted pianist envisages his art by freeing himself from the boundaries and codes in force, in the image of Chilly Gonzalez or Keith Jarrett, an absolute reference.
As a student at the Marseille Conservatory, he and his brother Marc, a bass player, formed an electro-jazz trio, which they called Onefoot. A sort of run-in for Yessaï Karapetian, barely twenty years old and already perfectly at ease in the role of the fiery guide of these musical journeys he proposes, opening all sorts of doors, thus inviting the public to follow him. And his horizons are still widening, Yessaï is honing his incredible and very young talent at the Berklee Music School in Boston, the school of excellence for any jazzman. It was an opportunity for him to try all sorts of experiments, to play in a trio or with nine musicians, to draw on the pop repertoire or jazz standards going back to the 1940s.
A few years later, Yessaï Karapetian switched from trio to quintet. The right configuration to record his first album in Paris at the CBE studio, a mythical studio where the very best of the French chanson scene can still be found today. A pop studio to record a jazz album? Yessaï Karapetian went even further, recording the nine tracks of the album YESSAÏ, released last January, surrounded by his musicians in live conditions. Inflated? The very essence of jazz according to Yessaï.
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Yessaï Karapetian : piano
Théo Moutou : drums
Marc Karapetian : bass
Gab Gosse : guitar
Mounir Sefsouf : sax