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Olivier Le Goas

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Biography of Olivier Le Goas

Born June 29 1967, Olivier Le Goas started to study the drums with Nadia Touché, and attended the courses of the Dante Agostini's Drum School of Paris with her husband Gilles Touché. After graduation, with a first prize, he started to play and to perform with Eric Löhrer and Laurent Camuzat, with whom he won the second prize of the National Jazz Contest of Paris La Défense in 1988, did several tours in Spain, Romania, and on the Island of Réunion, and recorded two CDs with the trio of Eric Löhrer "Eric Löhrer Trio" (Omd/Blue Line 1989), and "Dans le Bleu" (Siesta/IhL 1992).
Likewise, he performed with the big bands "Quoi de neuf Docteur", and "Lumière" of Laurent Cugny (ex-musical Director of the National Jazz Orchestra 1992-1994), Mahori Quartet(with David Chevallier), Bojan Zulfikarpasic, Julien Lourau, Noël Akchoté, Eric Daniel, Hélène Labarrière, François Chassagnite, Jean- Michel Pilc Quintet, Dominique Di Piazza, and Jean-François Jenny-Clark,
In 1990, he created the drum class of the National Music School of Val-Maubuée/Marne-la-Vallée
He has studied classical writing for three years.
In 1993, he became member of the Quartet of Olivier Ker Ourio, with whom he won the first prize of the National Contest of Paris La Défense.
In 1995, he participed to the Jazz Workshop of the Banff Center for the Arts, where he studied and played with Kenny Wheeler and Don Tompson.
He created a new trio with Marc Buronfosse and Vincent Mascart (Festival of Radio-France, Montpellier/Languedoc-Roussillon 1998)
He created several projects with among others, Guillaume Orti, Geoffroy de Masure (Festival of L’Abbaye du Moncel), Marc Buronfosse , Pierre de Bethman, Médéric Collignon, Sébastien Téxier, Hasse Poulsen, and Christophe Monniot. He then did a tour in Germany with the Quartet of bass player Chris Lachotta.
He has assited Jamaladeen Tacuma in the Project Carnavalcade of Festival Banlieues Bleues 1998.
He created the Olivier Le Goas Unit with Antoine Praverman and Alain Vankenhove (Meeting with Jazz of the city of Gagny), and initiated and played with some projects including, among others, the guitar player Marc Ducret, and the trombone player Yves Robert.
He has played in trio with the pianist Antoine Hervé, and performed with the drummer and pianist Bernard Lubat at Uzeste Musicale 2000.
After having received the Burse Lavoisier from the French Foreign Office, between January and June 2003, he stayed in New York, and played with Alex Hills, Jason Lindner (Claudia Acuna), Tim Lefevre (Uri Caine), Jacques Schwartz-Bart, (Roy Hargroove), and Ben Monder (Paul Motian Electric Be-Bop Sextet).
He has received several scholarships, and art support from the SACEM (2003-formation scholarship/2005 burse for creation).

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