Ninon Valder


After studying classical music and sound engineering in France, Ninon discovered Afro jazz funk while playing with Rido Bayonne Big Band (inc. Paco Sery and Etienne MBappe) and decided to change life to become a jazz player. She first approached improvisation while playing folk music in the South of France and studied the HURDY- GURDY 89/94. Later on she encountered African music in Paris and improvised with Senegalese singer Cherif MBaw 97/99.

Being very excited by the energy of anglo-saxon jazz players she moved to England to complete a master in Jazz Performance at Leeds College of Music (2002/04). Meanwhile she encountered theatre (placement at West Yorkshire Playhouse 2003/04) and started to perform as a stage musician, as well as an actress. She is now Musical Director of Theatre of the Dales (Leeds) and created her own solo piece Perles secrtes (theatre/ story telling/ music) in France (July 2004). She also recently toured with the National Trust Theatre Company playing a variety of instruments in their latest show As far as I can sea.

Her passion for different sort of sound and instrument has lead her to play the bandoneon. She has been studying in Paris with one of the master of the instrument JJ MOSALINI since 1996. She has recently worked with Dino SALUZZI who has invited her to come and work with him in Argentina. She also leads TRES TANGO, a trio of Argentinian music, with John Barwood on guitar and Darren McCarthy on double bass. As a flute player in Paris where she regularly appears in various jazz formations, she is also in demand as a performer of contemporary music as well as tango.

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Albums by Ninon Valder


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