The songs contained in this album are compositions by Richard Mercier.
the songs have an organic intensity, offering the performers the possibility to express themselves and improvise freely. The album presents a poetic musical vision in which the diversity of the protagonists dialogues with each other, the fingerprints of the world folklore of this trio anchored in the present but looking to the future.
Mathieu Corbin(Arts Graphic)
Richard Mercier, the musician.
today, returning to France where, naturally, I continue to feed my artistic career.
It is with great pleasure that I present to you my latest achievement, the new album "recalculating the seven"
Having riches in encounters and learning, having a nomadic soul as an inheritance, I was attrated by the rhythms and the huge Brazilian folklore, after having traveled twice, the first stay lasting two months and the second stay that lasted eight months in 1997 and 2000 respectively, I decided to live in the country in 2003.
During the fifteen years I lived in Brazil, I created a trio and a musical quartet with musicians from the state of Minas Gerais, in the city of Belo Horizonte, with these formations I participated in the jazz festivals of the city of Ouro Preto, Ipatinga Live Jazz (in city of Ipatinga) and the Savassi Jazz Festival in two consecutive editions as a saxophonist and singer.
In 2010, I recorded the CD "Sete" with my musical compositions in Brazil.
Richard Mercier, was born in 1973 in Vichy, Auvergne region - France.
In 1981, he started studying the saxophone at the age of 8 at the national music school in Vichy and years later he graduated.
At the age of sixteen, he moved to the city of Paris to improve his knowledge of the saxophone, having as professor Jonathan Handelsman and in parallel joined the IACP (Institute of Art and Perception) founded by Alan Silva.
1991, Richard participates in the professional course in this same establishment, he received the teachings of the renowned: Eric Seva (saxophonist), the big band classes of Larrie Gillespie (trumpet player alongside Ray Charles and Woody Herman), Ron Mesa (Trumpet beside by Mori Kante and Salif Keta) and also Jean Gobinet (trumpet player and arranger) and Tito Pontes (Big Band classes emphasizing Salsa style) 1993, improvisation and Harmony course at ARPEJ school and has lessons with the founder of this establishment, saxophonist Michel Goldberg (saxophonist of Michel Legrand's big band, among others)
1999-Richard received the DEM JAZZ VOCAL diploma, with the right to a gold medal awarded by the conservatory of the city of Metz. This award was achieved by Jury's unanimity.
having as president of this jury the singer Michelle Hendricks (daughter of the jazz singer Jon Hendricks).
Flávio Souza Cruz Photography