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Xavier Thollard

Born: December 17, 1982    Primary Instrument: Piano

Xavier Thollard

Xavier Thollard was born in 1982, and started to learn music at the age of 9 in the Rennes Conservatory of Music in France. After percussions and classical piano studies, he decided to learn jazz, and had piano-jazz lessons in a district school. He especially learned in contact with other musicians, playing in many formations, and having jazz training courses (like Marciac’s in 2001).

Since he moved to Paris in 2002, Xavier Thollard has led several musical projects and collaborated with many musicians, in particular by playing with the Big Band des Universités de Paris, which was created in 2004 by Thierry Lalo, and playing in duet with french harmonica player Yvonnick Prené....
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Awards:

* october 2009 : 3rd prize at the Freiburg Jazz Piano Competition (Germany) * july 2009 : semi-finalist at the Montreux Solo Piano Competition (Switzerland) * july 2007 : 1st prize at the professional competition Jazz à Vannes (France) * october 2006 : semi-finalist at the Martial Solal Jazz Piano Competition (France)
”Vivacity of amazing conterpoints” Jazz Magazine / Jazzman, n°627 ”Sharpness of the line piano, shared initiatives.” Jazz Magazine / Jazzman, n°608 ”A very fun and swinging music!” A Nous Paris, n°451


"Standards - piano solo"
www.xavierthollard.com
(March 2011)

Xavier Thollard - piano


Tracks

01 - Jive At Five
02 - Isotope
03 - My Foolish Heart
04 - Ouèch Gros / Passion Dance
05 - GoodBye Pork Pie Hat
06 - Peer Gynt, Op.23 - The Death of Ase (Prelude to Act III)
07 - Stable Au Funk
08 - Giant Steps
09 - Condate
10 - Jive At Five (Live at Les Champs Libres)




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Recorded april 17th 2011
at 
Studio de Meudon, France

Track n°10 recorded feb. 17th at Les Champs Libres, Rennes , France

Produced by : Xavier Thollard

Recorded and mixed by :
Brieuc Guillet and Antoine Karacostas


Cover design : Claire Mineur


"Hôi An"

(September 2009)

Xavier Thollard - piano

Youen Cadiou - double bass

Vincent Touchard - drums

*Guest : 
Jonathan Orland - alto saxophone


Tracks

01 - Vibrations, part 2
02 - Sormiou
03 - Nica's Dream
04 - 2ème set
05 - Soft eights
06 - Running
07 - Suite sans titre
08 - Comin' home baby
09 - Bessie's blues
10 - Hôi An
11 - Les petits plats dans les grands*



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Recorded april 25th and 26th 2009
at
Studio Aeronef, Paris, France

Mixed august 1st and 2nd 2009 at Voyageur II, Paris, France

Produced by :
Youen Cadiou, Brieuc Guillet, Antoine Karacostas, Xavier Thollard and Vincent Touchard

Recorded and mixed by :
Brieuc Guillet and Antoine Karacostas

Photography :
Julien Celton and Matthieu Fierling

Cover design :
Claire Mineur





"Prime Times"
(Clap'Note/Autoprod)

January 2008

Xavier Thollard - piano

Youen Cadiou - double bass

Vincent Touchard - drums


Tracks

01 - The Two Brothers
02 - Interlude 1
03 - Leïla
04 - Interlude 2
05 - Frédérique
06 - Interlude 3
07 - Summertime
08 - Ear Worms
09 - Body And Soul
10 - Vibrations
11 - Interlude 4
12 - Prime Times
Bonus - Ahead On Your Way
(Final Fantasy V Theme)

Recorded July 7th and 8th 2007
at 
Studio Aeronef, Paris, France

Produced by :
Xavier Thollard, Antoine Karacostas, Julien Marie

Recorded and mixed by :
Antoine Karacostas

Assistant :
Brieuc Guillet

Photography :
Mathieu Griffoul

Cover design :
Aurélien Carruesco


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