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Time stands still when the EYM trio go on stage. EYM Trio creates a very personal and captivating universe paying full respect to the masters of jazz history. They strike a perfect balance between beautiful harmonies and terrific rhythms – Playfulness, sensitivity in the sound and eloquent, creative improvisation keep their audiences spellbound.
Formed in France in 2010, EYM Trio is the union of the pianist Elie Dufour, the double bassist Yann Phayphet and drummer Marc Michel. In a short time, they created a strong repertoire including personal compositions, covers and creations inspired by ethnic influences of Jazz with colours from North Africa, Bulgaria, Romania, and India.
In character and creation, EYM Trio imbibes the rhythmic influences of Jazz masters throughout history; the genius of the historic jazz figures deeply inspires them. There is great intentional diversity in their compositions and improvisations, thus making their music aesthetically pleasing and inviting.
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Born in Guilherand-Granges (France) on September 20th, 1989, Elie Dufour has been passionate since age 6 about the piano. Inspired by the recordings of Claude Nougaro, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller and Miles Davis he began to study jazz on his own, and at the same time studied classic piano. From an early age, he improvised on classical pieces which were exposed to him during his studies. It is after 14 years that he decided to take up Jazz fully and from then learnt a lot from masters such as Eric Moulin, Olivier Truchot, Mario Stantchev, Franck Avitabile, Mulgrew Miller, Jason Lindner.
He is passionate about the music of the world. He fell in love with Afro-Cuban rhythms during a tour in Latin America, as well as with claves flamencas and gnawa during a tour in Andalusia. He then pushed learning the art of music of Eastern Europe- the asymetric claves, the foundations and the subtleties that he now perfectly integrates.
Today, mixed with jazz, all these styles are an integral part of his piano skills, that he develops with his band -EYM trio and with whom he recorded his first disk of personal compositions “Genesi ” in the studio Artesuono in Udine (Italy) 2013.
Very active on the French and European stages since 2011, he can regularly be seen with EYM trio, Revival Motown, Voodoo Kasstou, Grabben Orchestra as well as in association with musicians such as Mohamed Abozekry, Mario Stantchev, apart from his solo concerts.
He was awarded at the festival Jazz à Vienne, as well as in the Golden Trophy Awards. Quite recently he was the prize-winner of the springboard young talents of the Festival Jazz in Saint Germain, in the national competition of the Defense Jazz Festival, and the Festival Jazz of Gexto.
Yann Phayphet decided to pursue music after studying engineering for a few years. Born in Lyon, Phaypet learned and played during his education at ENM of Villeurbanne, and the National Academy of Lyon at the instigation of Jérôme Regard.
Phayphet develops a jazz sound with a very binary background uncommon for a double bassist. His diverse project collaborations display the variation in style and composition. With double bass and electric bass within various groups of distinct aesthetics, Phaypet has collaborated with Electrophazz (nude soul / hip-hop), Mahssi (Latin fusion), Thibault Saby quartet (modern jazz), and many more talented bands.
He has toured in the United States, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany etc.
With EYM trio, he recorded “Genesi” in 2013. He is also the prize-winner of the springboard young talents of the Festival Jazz in Saint Germain des Prés, the national competition of The Defense Jazz Festival and the Festival Jazz to Gexto.
Born in the Puy en Velay (France) in October, 1986, it is at the age of 4 that Marc Michel was introduced to the music and in particular to the guitar that he learned to play on his own, thanks to his father, a folk guitarist.
He started his music training at the age of 10, and parallelly studied classic percussions, writing and chamber music, disciplines in which he obtained numerous prizes from academies (Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon – where he met the future EYM trio – and Paris).
After having studied with great masters such as Sangoma Everett, Ari Hoenig, Clarence Penn, he was offered a grant to study a Master’s degree in jazz at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Here, he played with Larry Goldings, Dave Holland, Will Vinson, Nikki Isles, John Taylor, John Hollenbeck in prestigious clubs of the city such as Ronnie Scott, The The Vortex, Oliver’s etc. He also has been working with big jazzmen of the French and international scenes such as Jim Rotondi, Damon Brown, Zhenya Strigalev. He played (in particular with EYM trio) in tours which led him in Italy, Croatia, England (Queen Elisabeth hall), Spain, Switzerland, Germany and in the French clubs among which the Sunside, Le Baiser Salé, hot club in Lyon, l’Upercut in Marseilla etc.
Distinguishing him is an impeccable technique, a big polyrhythmic ease, as well as by his musicality. He is a composer, drawing his inspiration from the various cultures he encountered on his path. He also plays the piano and the classic percussions.
In 2013 he recorded the album ” Genesi ” with EYM trio in wich he sang the theme song “Pocket Waltz”.
Together they won the springboard young talents prize of the Festival Jazz in Saint Germain des Prés in 2015, the national competition of the Defense Jazz Festival as well as the Festival Jazz to Gexto.