Pascal Mohy, 31 years old in the year 2011, could have lived 75 years ago. Or even more. His romantic air echoes the spirit of freedom of a young Berlioz or Hugo with an added flash of humour in his eye and a breezy smile.
His music, however, is directly linked to the racy elegance of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Count Basie. It’s no accident that his 2008 album “Automne 08” features a version of “Prelude to a Kiss” by the Duke. But Pascal is not stuck in the sophisticated thirties. His piano playing also embraces musical touches from Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane and he readily listens to Jarrett and Mehldau. Influences, not strict models.
Pascal Mohy has been able to develop a personal, contemporary style, not fearing to twist melodies and harmonies to extract the best juice while staying classy and refined. In melancholy as in happiness, with enthusiasm and distinction, Pascal Mohy goes deep inside to find music that talks as much to the heart as to the mind. Without vain brilliance or demonstrations. His piano is not a circus instrument; it is how he shares his emotions. He does this lavishly through his Trio and other formats, alongside Steve Houben, Mélanie De Biasio, Mimi Verderame, Toine Thys, Greg Houben and others. Pascal Mohy is the essence of piano. (JCV)
Pascal Mohy learnt the classical language, and then breathed in jazz at about the age of 14, first with Benoît Sourssie and then with Eric Legnini