Eric Sempe (Guitar); Felix Sabal-Lecco (Drums, Voice); Dominique Di Piazza (Bass); Neil Gerstenberg (Sax, Ewi); Claude Tedesco (Keyboards); Gerard Kurdjian (tabla, Percussion, Voice)
After more than two decades and four albums, including their latest, Home, featuring saxophone giant David Sanborn, Synopsis has become Eric Sempe & Synopsis.
With some great musicians, as Eric Sempe (John McLaughlin, Liz McComb, Didier Lockwood), Dominique Di Piazza (John McLaughlin, Gil Evans, Birelli Lagrene) and Felix Sabal-Lecco (Peter Gabriel, John Scofield), this ensemble, ever open to modern-day influences, blends jazz-inspired tones and improvisation with the moods of Afro-Indian world music, the electric energy of jazz-rock, and ethnic flavors, all painting a rich, colorful musical landscape exuding a warm and potent group energy.
It is a genuinely jubilant journey, dense and sensual, with sophistication to satisfy enlightened music lovers and an approachable candor the broader public will relish. The infectious warmth with which the artists power this beautiful machine, a warmth which will thaw even the most circumspect listeners, makes the group one of most promising ensembles on the European jazz fusion scene.
Eric SEMPE - Guitars - Programming
After a multifaceted career that took him from jazz to rock by way of Indian music and other traditional world music, Eric, along with his fellow travelers, brings you along on this musical journey to the heart of Synopsis, the favorite of his many musical groups and one he formed himself in 1988. A professional SACEM arranger, he also holds a first-class award from France's Nice Conservatory and national Jazz Professor certification. He has played alongside John McLauglin, David Sanborn, Didier Lockwood, Caroline Casadesus, Chris DeBurgh, Liz McComb, Louis Winsberg, and many other renowned artists.
Dominique DI PIAZZA - Bass
He's one of the world's most respected bassists, both in the business and out. Since the early 80s, alongside Michel Perez, he's played with such brilliant musicians as Didier Lockwood, Gil Evans, Gordon Beck, Jean-Pierre Como, Andre Ceccarelli, Bireli Lagrene, Denis Chambers, Zakir Hussain, U.Srinivas, and Trilok Gurtu. Dominique has also been traveling companion and creative collaborator with John McLaughlin. In 1991, he joined the John McLaughlin Trio for a world tour and the celebrated disc, Que Alegria; more recently (2008), he joined John in The 4th Dimension with Gary Husband and Mark Mondesir. His myriad recordings include the album Front Page with Bireli Lagrene and Denis Chambers (2001), which won the French Victoires de la Musique Jazz Album of the Year, the country's equivalent of a Grammy.
Felix SABAL LECCO – Drums
Felix, hailing from Cameroun, is one of the most eminent artists in the world of percussion. He's been blessed with extraordinary beat sense and is an incomparable showman, his African roots giving him an original rhythmic approach that renders his jazz drumming all the richer. As one of the most sought-after drummers in both the jazz and pop worlds, he has shared stage and studio with such prestigious artists as Sting, Youssou N'Dour, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, John Scofield, Sade, Salif Keita, and Manu Dibango.
Claude TEDESCO - Keyboards
He's a pianist, but also a violinist and singer. Claude holds a first-class award from France's Nice Conservatory and is an inventive, multifaceted musician who masters salsa as well as he does jazz and tango. He can be seen (and heard) sharing performances with David Sanborn, Jean-Marc Jafet, Jean-Paul Cecarrelli, Chris DeBurgh, and other luminaries.
Neil GERSTENBERG - Ewi, Flutes
Scotsman Neil lives in France, but met John Purcell in New York in 1997 (World Sax Quartet, Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition), the sax "guru" of David Murray, Michael Brecker, and David Sanborn, Purcell opened new musical horizons for the young saxophonist, and his many musical encounters and experiences since include membership in the quintet of bassist Jean-Marc Jafet, with whom he recorded the album Douceur Lunaire.
Gerard KURDJIAN - Gatam, percussion, tablas, vocals
Gerard has specialized in the study of oriental percussion, with particular emphasis on tablas and the Indian gatam. His world is one in which percussion weaves a sonic universe with skins, bells of all sizes, drums, bird calls, and voice, all part of a musical impressionism adding bewitching color and mood to the Synopsis repertoire. He is the creator behind musical productions such as Toulik and the Magic Drum and Caravanes de Lunes (Moon Caravans), where the music and mystics of the Christian, Muslim, and Hindu worlds meet. He is also the creative force and narrator of L'Oiseau de Feu: Musique Persane et Poemes Soufis (The Fire Bird: Persian Music and Sufi Poems) with santur player Hassan Tabar and percussionist Bijan Chemirani.