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Franck Agulhon/Cédric Hanriot DuO (2017-)
Electronic-Jazz

Press:
“We have well understood: beyond the accomplished performance of two longterm musical friends, the duo is above all, an invitation to travel, an urgent journey of discovery!”
Denis Desassis, Citizen Jazz

Line-up:
Franck Agulhon (drums & compositions)
Cédric Hanriot (piano, laptop, keyboards & compositions)

Pitch:
A jazz duo pulsing with electro groove … SHOCK !

A time, a moment, a piece

Since their first collaboration on the album frogNstein in 2006, pianist Cédric Hanriot and drummer Franck Agulhon always imagined putting together a project in which they could explore new musical territories in tandem. This has now been made a reality, as they recently recorded their first duo album together in January 2016. DAY musically traces a journey through a typical working day. From each phase to the next, morning alarm to bedtime, traffic jam during the lunch break, each piece depicts an everyday moment. The soundscapes are vast. The synth bass played by Cedric resonates powerfully, the Fender Rhodes is wired up to umpteen effects pedals, an acoustic piano chimes away as a laptop computer interjects with electronic sou nds and even uses real-time processing to playfully distort the drums or keys. Franck meanwhile makes use of his kit in all its aspects: melodically, rhythmically, with sticks, mallets, adding accessories onto the drums and playing hand percussion.

Hyperion by Jason Palmer&Cédric Hanriot’s City of Poets (2014-)
Modern Jazz

Press:
“This is music with its roots in the Miles Davis Quintet of 1963-68, a combination of intellectual rigour, technical brilliance and graceful lyricisism” 

Richard Williams,  the Blue Moment

Line-up:
Jason Palmer (trumpet & compositions)
Donny McCaslin (saxophone)
Cédric Hanriot (piano & compositions)
Michael Janisch (bass)
Clarence Penn (drums)

Pitch:
The very essence of American trumpeter Jason Palmer and French pianist/composer Cédric Hanriot’s improvisational concept City Of Poets – centered around Olivier Messiaen’s 7 Modes of Limited Transportation and US author Dan Simmons’ acclaimed, four- novel science fiction series Hyperion Cantos – is sufficiently intriguing to prompt further exploration of its background and, indeed, the artistic collaboration and musical output it has inspired.

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Cédric Hanriot SOLO PIANO
Jazz, French songs, pop

Line-up:
Cédric Hanriot – Piano / laptop

The project :

After his adventures in trio and duo contexts (French Stories, groOovematic, Franck Agulhon..) and many collaborations with some of the biggest names in jazz, Cedric Hanriot now proposes a solo piano program playing singular and brilliant interpretations of jazz standards, French “chansons”, pop hits and original compositions.

His program enthusiastically illustrates the musical aesthetics of a multifaceted artist – pianist, composer, arranger, sound designer and producer.

French Stories by Cédric Hanriot (2011-)
Cross-over jazz

Press:
“Cédric Hanriot, an assiduous creater, dares the invigorating alchemy of composite and resoloute contemporary jazz. A music of scintillating colours, illuminated by the sounds of strings and electronica,  that never defy a clear, determined passion for France’s popular melodies. “Citizen Jazz

Line-up:
Cédric Hanriot (keyboards, piano, computer)
Terri Lyne Carrington (drums, vocals on the album)
John Patitucci (bass on the album)
Ben Powell (violin on the album)
Patrick Owen (cello on the album)
2TH (voice on the album)

Pitch:

The jazz trio that interprets the French song book.

Recorded just after his first experience in the USA during which he studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, the first album by pianist Cédric Hanriot revisits a number of popular French songs (Brel, Piaf, Delpech, Nougaro) and rebuilt them in the jazz piano trio context whilst preserving the essence of each song. The line-up is prestigious: John Patitucci on bass and Terri Lyne Carrington on drums. They anchor the rhythmic base of a project embellished also with a string quartet, vocals on several songs and electronic sounds and fx. Cedric without hesitation, seized this opportunity to also co-write a song with the drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, with whom he  has collaborated for quite a few years. Carrington, in turn, used this occassion to also sing the composition. Their hip-hop jazz piece “Your Sweetness” is a tribute to some of Gainsbourg melodies, whilst also illustrating their love of Afro-American music. It is quickly understood, in listening, that the stories told here enthusiastically by Cedric Hanriot illustrate the musical adventure of a multifaceted artist – pianist, composer, arranger, sound designer, producer. We will surely be hearing more about him soon.

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groOovematic
A jazz-pop-groove trio

Line-up:

Cédric Hanriot (piano, computer)
Bertrand Beruard (bass)
Jean-Baptiste Pinet (drums)

Press:

“Cédric Hanriot dares the invigorating alchemy of a composite and resolutely urban jazz. A tonifying and powerful music, but also willfully charming.”
Citizen Jazz

Pitch:

With this project, Cédric Hanriot offers a music open to the cross-currents of jazz, pop and groove. To accompany he him he called upon bassist Bertrand Beruard, with whom he practiced his first scales 20 years ago, and the prodigious young drummer Jean-Baptiste Pinet, whom they both discovered in their home region of Lorraine.

The group playfully explores famous international themes taken from the pop of Katy Perry, the rock of Nirvana, the electronic music of Massive Attack as well as exploring Cedric’s original compositions in which groove and interaction are the main focus. The music is distinguished by the addition of electronic textures that interact with acoustic instruments (piano, drums and bass) bringin a cinematic dimension to the trio.

Timeline:

2011: Creation of project
2011-2012: Tours in Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam
2013-2016: Tours in Uruguay, Argentina, Japon and Europe

frogNstein
Electronic Groove Jazz

Press:

Nouvel album de FrogNstein “electrify my soul” (label cristal records-distributuin abeille) sortit le 10 mai 2007.

“A la fois instrumentistes, compositeurs et arrangeurs, Cédric Hanriot et Bertrand Béruard proposent, dans ce nouvel album, une musique actuelle proche de leurs influences autour d’un électro-groove-jazz aux multiples facettes. Ils nous font voyager aux travers d’ambiances riches et variées, sans limite tant dans le style que dans les choix instrumentaux. 22 intervenants apportent leur touche à cette créature appelée FrogNstein. On trouve parmis eux quelques invités de marque : le batteur Frank Agulhon, le chanteur américain Dean Bowman, le trompettiste Guillaum Poncelet… Mixé par Julien Birot, cet opus cinématique a de quoi “electriser” les tympans comme le corps tout entier…”

Altermusica.net, 2007

Line-up:

Cédric HANRIOT (piano, keyboards, programming, compositions)
Bertrand BERUARD (bass, compositions)
Franck AGULHON, Arnaud RENAVILLE (drums)
Dean BOWMAN, Coco ZHAO, 2TH (vocals)
Guillaume Poncelet, Florent Briqué  (trompette)
Hugues Mayot, Pierre Desassis (saxophone)
Bertrand Luzignant (trombone)
Yvain von Stebut, Ludovic D’Aniello (programmations)

Quote:

“I have listened to his latest CD, “Electrify My Soul,” by his band frogNstein, and I think it is a beautiful blend of true jazz and electronic music. Having played for over ten years with one of the innovators of this style, Herbie Hancock, I feel that my critical ear for this is highly developed. This music hints at the many possibilities for the future of jazz and creative music in general. Cedric is contributing to this art form in a major way.”

Terri Lyne Carrington (drums with Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, 3 time Grammy Award winner)

Pitch:

The album Electrify my Soul is the first realization of the frogNstein project carried out by Cedric Hanriot (piano, keyboards, programming, compositions, arrangements) and Bertrand Beruard (electric bass, double bass, programming, compositions, arrangements), eager to propose a modern music close to their influences: electro-groove-jazz. The album proposes a journey through many rich and varied environments, where those two composers/arrangers did not set themselves any limits to the instrumentation but also to the music styles. 22 speakers bring their touch to this semi-biological, semi-cybernetic creature called frogNstein – we can hear on this album horns and strings, voices of three continents, two drummers as well as programming. Among them some famous guests appear: drummer Franck Agulhon (Stefano Di BATTISTA), American singer Dean Bowman (John Scofield, Screamin’ Headless Torsos,…), trumpet player Guillaume Poncelet (No Jazz), singer/poet Chinese Coco Zhao… This opus electrifies the eardrums as well as the entire body…

Performance credits:

Nancy Jazz Pulsations (F), Jazz Auvergne Festival (F), la Nuit Electro (Paris, F), la Nuit du Jazz (Luxembourg), Festival de Saint Germain (Paris, F), European Jazz Festival (Avignon, F), Transe-Atlantique (Marrocco), Macedonia.

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