Berklee BeanTown Jazz FestivalThe Simon Moullier Quartet—Jazz Revelations Student Band
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Founded in Boston in October 2012, this international quartet is an erupting volcano, with Simon Moullier (France) on vibes, Samuel Batista (Panama) on alto saxophone, Elin Sandberg (Sweden) on upright bass, and Kazuhiro Odagiri (Japan) on drums. This band’s main power source is youth, releasing a constant energy that grows in Moullier’s original compositions.
The quartet is centered around jazz, but only uses it as a color in the sound through acoustic instruments such as the alto saxophone or the upright bass. Although the music is sometimes sullied by the overdrive on the vibraphone or by the mad, itching rhythms that relate to Moullier’s main influences, such as Radiohead, Steve Reich, Tigran Hamasyan, John Coltrane, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kenny Garrett, Robert Glasper.
The quartet has a unique sound because of the cohesion between the vibes and the alto saxophone, which brings out simple and delightful melodies served with a wide range of harmonies. The upright bass and the drums, rooted in neo-soul and pop influences, instill a balance in the music, which creates a new style.
After several recording sessions in Berklee College of Music’s studios, the Simon Moullier Quartet was selected by the Jazz Revelation record label and played on the recently released album Catalyst.