Trio leader, composer and guitarist Marc Ducret is among today's most original improvisers. Self-taught, extraordinarily gifted musician does not restrict himself to a particular style, writes distinctive and unexpected music - attacking with ferocious electric guitar outbursts or drifting into subtle impressionistic abstractions, resounding with rock hits or approaching post-bop, bursting into noise avalanches or playing with bits and pieces from the world of flamenco and classical music. One of the most unconventional guitarists empowered by acoustic and electric, bass and baritone guitars produces a unique sound, embracing all imaginable music forms.
Born in Paris in 1957 Marc Ducret began his professional career in 1975, playing bass in dance bands, rock and folk groups, accompanying singers and singing himself, and working as a studio musician. This experience was his 'Alma Mater'. As a guitarist he debuted in 1986 playing with Patrice Caratini octet. The same year he became a member of the first French Orchestre National de Jazz, and formed his own trio, becoming a regular performer on the domestic and international concert and festival scene. The following year his trio recorded its debut album La Théorie du Pilier.
Marc Ducret soon gained recognition - he was awarded Django Reinghardt Prize in 1987, in 1988 and 1989 Jazz Hot magazine elected him the best French jazz guitarist, and in 1989 he was hailed as SACEM star. His career picked up and before long as a soloist he became much demanded abroad.
Marc Ducret also collaborates with Larry Schneider, David Friedmann, Michel Portal, Joachim Kühn, Franco Ambrosetti, Didier Lockwood, Miroslav Vitous, Enrico Rava, Adam Nussbaum, Django Bates, David Sanborn, Joey Baron, Michel Godard, Dominique Pifarély, David Linx, Bobby Previte and many others, works with various groups, including AKA Moon, Acoustic Quartet with Louis Sclavis and Dominique Pifarély, Andy Emler quintet, Fran?ois Jeanneau orchestra Pandémonium, Copenhagen Art Ensemble, Daniel Humair and Antoine Hervé ensembles, Fran?ois Corneloup quartet, performs as a duo with percussionist Bobby Previte and his quartet Latin for Travelers. Lithuanian jazz aficionados had the chance to get to know Marc Ducret in Birðtonas'2004, were he performed with Toxikum quintet.
In addition, Marc Ducret performs solo and with his own ensembles, including tentet Seven Songs, exploring the music of the '60s with a very personal touch. Marc Ducret formed the present line-up of the trio in 1997, after accumulating experience of working in similar formations.
Trio's double-bassist and composer Bruno Chevillon (b. 1959) is among the most startling jazz bassists on the French jazz scene. This astonishingly elegant and subtle musician in known from his work with Michel Portal, Louis Sclavis, Paul Motian, Stephen Oliva and Daniel Humair ensembles. His solo concerts were repeatedly praised as unforgettable, in particular critically acclaimed Pasolini ou la Rage Sublime. He also collaborates with JeanMarc Foltz.
Drummer Eric Echampard (b. 1970) is a representative of a young generation of French jazzmen. He has collaborated with Marc Ducret since 1995, and made his name for his precision, suggestiveness and elegance, and at the same time incredible drive and creativity.
Penchant to drumming since childhood, as an adolescent he got interested in jazz and improvisation. He studied classical and contemporary percussion at the Lyon conservatoire. Eric Echampard started his professional career in 1991, when he joined Jacques Di Donato quintet. Shortly after the drummer started collaborating with Louis Sclavis, Philippe Deschepper, Fran?ois Jeanneau, and Michel Eddelin. In the mid-nineties he took part in Systeme Friche, a large ensemble of improvisers managed by Jacques Di Donato and Xavier Charles, performed in ORJA big band and Bernard Strubber orchestra. Presently Eric Echampard also works with Michel Pertal quartet, Andy Emler trio and MegaOctet, and since 2001 has formed a widely acclaimed duo with Finish accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen.