Les Belles Chansons Françaises
About the Artist
Camille BertaultSince being discovered via the social networks (with more than 800,000 views and 30,000 followers on Facebook), where she sings the solos of the great jazz masters (such as her video of “Giant Steps,” which instantly went viral), people have not stopped talking about Camille Bertault.
While pursuing her diploma in classical piano at the conservatory, Bertault also was studying voice and theater. After graduating, she enrolled in the jazz department where she continued her studies in music theory, composition, and improvisation. Driven by her passion for writing and literary composition, she wrote and published two musicals for the young audience. Her album, En Vie, offers a beautiful assembly of her writings, arrangements, and compositions and will be released by the New York label Sunnyside Records and distributed by Naïve on April 22, 2016.
Learn more about Bertault at her website: http://www.camillebertault.fr/.
Dan TepferBorn in Paris to American parents, pianist-composer Dan Tepfer has translated his bicultural identity into an exploration of music that ignores stylistic bounds. As the New York Times has written, he “combines superb technique with a complex set of impulses: he’s a deeply rational improviser drawn to the unknown”. He has worked with the leading lights in jazz, including extensively with saxophone luminary Lee Konitz, while releasing seven albums as a leader in solo, duo, and trio formats. His solo work, Goldberg Variations / Variations, which pairs his performance of Bach’s work with improvised variations of his own, has received broad praise as a “riveting, inspired, fresh musical exploration” (New York Times). As a composer, he is a recipient of the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for works including Concerto for Piano and Winds, which premiered in the Prague Castle with Tepfer on piano, and Solo Blues for Violin and Piano, which premiered at Carnegie Hall. Bringing together his undergraduate studies in astrophysics with his passion for music, he is currently working on integrating computer-driven algorithms into his improvisational approach. Awards include first prize and audience prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, first prize at the East Coast Jazz Festival Competition, and the Cole Porter Fellowship from the American Pianists Association. His recent soundtrack for the independent feature Movement and Location was voted Best Original Score at the Brooklyn Film Festival.
Learn more about Tepfer from his website: http://dantepfer.com/.