The Diagonal tentet, which was formed during a period spent at the Théâtre dAuxerre (F), offers a well-balanced cast of musicians and instruments, who propose a refined mix of jazz, contemporary and folk music.
Jean-Christophe Cholet, who lives in the "Région Centre" of France, who was born in Germany, who was "adopted" by the Burgundy region, who since 1997 has had very close ties to his projects that involve Swiss musicians, and who is present on the jazz scenes in Austria, Italy and Germany, has always had a strong passion for the European musical heritage, which he believes is an infinte source of inspiration. His first two programmes were dedicated to the alpine regions ("Suite Alpestre", co-composed with Matthias Rüegg, 1997, Choc Jazzman) and to the anglo-saxon music ("English Sounds & Irish Suite", 2000). The latter was unfortunately never recorded nor published.
The third phase of this vast project explores Eastern Europe. "Slavonic Tone", a rejuvenating confrontation (and sometimes even a union) between the powerful tones of slavonic folk music and the codes of a lyrical expression, which become the pretext for rearranging, arranging, deranging...
Jean-Christophe Cholet signs off six new compositions and two arrangements based on famous melodies of the "Voix Bulgares". It is also the opportunity to listen to the compositions of Arnaud Boukhitine, the tuba player of the orchestra, who proposes us a complementary composition that subtly melts with the rest of the project.
This production is distinguished by a joyful character and moves in a different direction to that of the other works that Jean-Christophe Cholet has proposed on Altrisuoni. This is certainly a step in the artists career which is worth listening to.