Indrė Gasiūnė


Indrė’s musical path started in a Jazz School in Vilnius, Lithuania, held by an arranger, a singer and vocal group Director Artūras Novikas. As a member of an a cappella group Jazz Island she performed in various European festivals & concerts including Montreux Jazz in 2004. Indrė has experience singing in different TV projects, and recorded first time as a soloist in the radio at the age of 18.

Meeting the jazz when she was 9 y.o. was such an expression of freedom and such an antipode to the strict and impersonal main school’s atmosphere that Indrė felt that it was her world. Singing became her passion and the piano lessons – the background to musical theory.

By the age of 15 y.o. she got interested in hip-hop and techno styles that led her to mixing vinyls in the first DJ school in Vilnius. This was an experience that gave her different rhythm notions and the desire to expand her stylistic boundaries.

Since 2008 Indrė lives in Paris and participates in different international projects and sings in English, French, Portuguese and her native language Lithuanian.

Indrė also continues exploring the a cappella music in a vocal sextet “Anything Goes”. The background of the polyphony gives her a melodic approach to improvisation where singing is the « ultimate expression of Creativity & Freedom » and the voice is like an instrument among others: “as in a pure vocal group, I like this change of the roles between the voice and other instruments. Singing the solo part and then switch into the back vocals when a piano player is improvising, it is both funny and enriching experience and the possibility to create new sounds.

Since her arrival in France, Indrė followed courses and master classes with Michele Hendricks, Sylvain Bellegarde from Paris College of Music, Thierry Péala, Philippe Viotti, Norma Winstone… she also holds a Bachelor’s of Sociology from Vilnius University (Lithuania) and Master’s of Communication diploma from CELSA/Paris Sorbonne University (France).

In 2016 Indrė was selected as a semi-finalist in the prestigious Montreux Jazz Voice Competition, the same year when she met one of her greatest inspirations Al Jarreau after his last concert in Paris, claiming this short meeting confirmed her quest of personal artistic journey.

 

Richard Poher

 

Richard starts music at the age of 6 at the conservatory. He starts his education with classical music and quickly gets interested into jazz and improvisation as he saw a live group playing.

Interested in many fields, he studies marketing in order to structure his vision of modern society. As a matter of fact, after passing a European Marketing and Management Master he dedicate himself into music. Meeting musical personalities as Pierre Drevet and Vincent Magnon opens him the field of writing and arranging.

He obtains his classical and jazz degrees at the Chambery conservatory and decides to go further studying at the Didier Lockwood school for jazz, and at the Ecole Normale Alfred Cortot for classical, places where he meets numbers of beautiful actual musicians (Bojan Z, Julien Loureau, Karim Ziad, Moctar Samba, Pierre Drevet, Baptiste Trotignon, Daïnouri Choque, Witold Wilczek, Benoît Sourisse, Dimitri Naiditch, Alfio Origlio, Manuel Rocheman, Emmanuel Bex, Pierre de Bethmann…..).

Still playing in parisian jazz clubs, he plays in the actual musical scene in jazz (Ellinoa, Wanderlust) and variety (Orphée).

His trio is rewarded by the Leopold Bellan competition in 2013, mixing tribal music and contemporary jazz colors.

 

Passionate about sound, his research also turns on how to generate it, which leads him to build his didgeridoos with which he performs at the Cité de la Musique: « building the sound is the first stage of musical creation, it is one of the roots of music « …
In parallel,  Richard is interested in computer-assisted music and follows a training with the companion of Laurent de Wilde, Otisto 23, who opens to him a field of possibilities that he decides to exploit in different projects. « The richness of today’s technology allows the creation of unlimited sound material … it brings colors still untapped and offers virgin territories … What a wonder!« 

Continuing his pluralistic path, he decided to dive into the electro production, while still maintaining his prime influences that are classical, jazz, and pop styles.

Passionate about composing, his next project revolves around writing for symphonic orchestra, didgéridoo, and storyteller …