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Jazz Concert at the Alliance !

Join us for an intimate jazz concert, featuring a duet of accomplished musiciens, Fabien Enger (trumpet) and Justin Griggs (piano) !

Both musiciens crossed paths in 2022 and uncovered the dynamic allure of synchronized improvisation. That's when they stumbled upon the sheer magic of duet performances and the finesse of improvising together—a format that just clicked for them. Together, they blend their strengths and unique artistic personas to craft a repertoire that is as original as it is timeless. Their music is a vibrant fusion of their shared love for organic, inventive expression. Whether they're delving into their own compositions or reinventing jazz standards, they infuse each note with fresh colors while staying true to the essence and authenticity of the music. 

Drawing from the rich musical heritage of Philadelphia, they add layers of gospel, R&B, Afro-Latin beats, and free jazz to their eclectic mix. It's all about breaking boundaries and pushing musical frontiers. They've got a global palette, pulling inspiration from all corners of the world. Moreover, they pay homage to the legends who've paved the way—think Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, John Cage, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, and other musical titans. 


Fabien Enger (trumpet) 

Fabien Enger is a French trumpet player, bandleader, and composer. Awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 2022 and the Arnaud Roujou de Boubée award in 2023, he is currently pursuing his jazz graduate studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he has the privilege of learning from renowned professors such as Terell Stafford, Tim Warfield, John Swana, Justin Faulkner, Norman David, Todd Bashore, Elio Villafranca, Nick Marchione, Tony Kadleck, and Tom Lawton. In addition to performing as a bandleader, he has collaborated and played with notable musicians, including Bobby Zankel, Nazir Ebo, Chad Taylor, Lee Smith, Sumi Tonooka (The Wonderful Sound Warriors), Andy Emler (MegaOctet), Denis Badault (Orchestre des Jeunes de l'Orchestre National de Jazz), Théo Girard (Pensées Rotatives), Baptiste Herbin, Laurent Dehors, Jean Gobinet, Julien Charlet, Yves Torchinsky, Misja Michel Fitzgerald, and Patrick Villanueva. Both classically and jazz-trained in multiple conservatories, and universities in Paris, Metz, and Strasbourg, Fabien Enger has received various accolades in Europe and the USA, including the Second Prize at the Inner Urge Music Competition 2022, "Outstanding Musicianship" recognition at the Umbria Jazz / Berklee College of Music Clinics in Perugia, Italy, as well as being selected for the inaugural edition of Footprints Europe, held in Lodz, Poland in 2021. Fabien Enger's new duo album, recorded in Philadelphia with pianist Justin Griggs and funded by a grant from Temple University (CPCA Vice Provost for the Arts Student Grant), will soon be released on the Inner Urge Records label based in Bari, Italy. As the 2023-2024 recipient of the NOUS Foundation, he has the opportunity to fully delve into the rich and historical jazz culture of New Orleans, LA, where he will be showcasing his original music, and meeting local artists, as well as representatives of the city's major musical and cultural institutions, as part of his artistic residency. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fabienenger
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fabien.enger


Justin Griggs (piano) 

Justin Griggs' passion for music ignited at the tender age of 2, as he immersed himself in the melodies of Baby Einstein DVDs and John Legend CDs, emulating their sounds with a toy piano. His first rendition of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata marked the beginning of a lifelong love affair with music. As he grew, Justin's musical horizons expanded, and he eagerly explored a variety of instruments during his school years. Drawing inspiration from genres spanning gospel, jazz, R&B, blues, and rock, he honed his craft and began performing in church at the age of 8, blending diverse musical influences into his unique sound. Justin's journey led him to Juniata Park Academy, where he was introduced to the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts—a pivotal institution that nurtured his talent early on. Throughout his time at the Clef Club and later at the Philadelphia High School of Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), Justin distinguished himself through his exceptional musical abilities, earning prestigious awards in high school jazz competitions. His creative spirit knows no bounds, constantly pushing the boundaries of music as he explores new compositions and arrangements. Justin's aspirations extend beyond performance; he envisions himself as a composer, arranger, songwriter, and versatile performer across all genres. Among his notable achievements, Justin has used his music to advocate for causes close to his heart, performing at events for organizations such as FAMM and the Philadelphia African American Museum. His performances have graced esteemed venues including The Kimmel Center and have seen him collaborate with renowned institutions like the Harlem Ballet Dance Company and Berklee College of Music. Currently in his second year at Temple University, Justin remains steadfast in his mission to share his gift and love for music with the world. With each performance, he seeks to touch the hearts of audiences far and wide, spreading joy and inspiration through his music.


Date
: Friday, April 26th
Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Duration: 1 hour
Location: Alliance Française de Philadelphie
Language: English/French
Fee: $25 for AF members / $30 for non AF members
Included in the price: One drink (wine, beer, sodas)Intimate



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