Guillaume de Chassy / Christophe Marguet / Andy Sheppard
Guillaume de Chassy
Currently considered one of the major pianists of the French jazz scene, he has recorded on both sides of the Atlantic with leading figures of American and European jazz: Paul Motian, Andy Sheppard, Mark Murphy, Enrico Rava, Lars Danielsson, Paolo Fresu, André Minvielle, Christophe Marguet, David Linx, Emile Parisien, Stéphane Kerecki and others. Meanwhile, his deep affinity for classical music have led him to collaborate with pianist Brigitte Engerer, with classical singers Natalie Dessay, Laurent Naouri and Karen Vourc’h, and with choral conductor Joël Suhubiette.
Having developed a musical style that makes him one of the subtlest European drummer-composers, he has accompanied numerous big names in jazz, most notably with Barney Wilen, Stéphane Grappelli, Enrico Rava, Bud Shank, Louis Sclavis, Michel Portal, Kenny Wheeler, Anouar Brahem, Henri Texier, Joachim Kühn, Chris Cheek and Steve Swallow. In 1998, he received the “DjangodOr” (Golden Django) and the Adami “Talents Jazz” awards. He has been named “Choc de l’année” three times by Jazz Magazine-Jazzman, in 2008, 2012 and 2013.
Touring with legendary musicians such as Gil Evans, George Russell, Carla Bley and Steve Swallow, for the past twenty years Andy Sheppard has established himself as a major person of note in the international jazz scene. He has also collaborated with the percussionist Naná Vasconcelos, the violinist Shankar and the singer Elvis Costello.
A melodist of rare inventiveness and captivating lyricism, he is a prolific composer interested in music from all over the world. He has written for all formats, from solo to big band, chorus to symphonic orchestra. Andy Sheppard’s albums are published on the prestigious label ECM.