Louis Sclavis

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Louis Sclavis
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Louis Sclavis in 2007
Background information
Born (1953-02-02) 2 February 1953 (age 66)
Lyon, France
GenresJazz, free jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsClarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone
Years active1975–present
LabelsECM, Label Bleu
Associated actsBrotherhood of Breath, Henri Texier Quartet

Louis Sclavis (born 2 February 1953) is a French jazz musician. He performs on clarinet, bass clarinet, and soprano saxophone in a variety of contexts, including jazz and free jazz.

Life and career[edit]

Sclavis began his musical education at the conservatoire de Lyon at age 9, where he studied clarinet. He began performing with the Lyon Workshop, where he met Michel Portal and Bernard Lubat. He then joined the Brotherhood of Breath of Chris McGregor,[1] and later the Henri Texier Quartet.[2]

He began his work as a leader in 1985, with his debut album, Clarinettes. In Chine, his second album, the track "Duguesclin" actually became a surprise hit in France, due to its lively, middle-age inspiration. In 2005, he formed a trio with Henri Texier and Aldo Romano, the African Trio, which achieved considerable success, even outside of the French jazz community.[3] In November 2006, at the Festival 'Écouter Voir' in Lyons, Sclavis first met the Quatuor Habanera, with whom he collaborated on their third album, L'engrenage (2007).[4]

He has won numerous awards, including: the PRIX DJANGO REINHARDT “best French jazz musician” (1988); First Prize in the Barcelona Biennale (1989); the British Jazz award at the Midem for “Best Foreign Artist” (1990/91); the DJANGO D’OR “Best French jazz record of the year” (1993); and the GRAND PRIX SACEM 2009.[5][6]

He frequently performs with the cellist Ernst Reijseger[7] and was one of the first to combine jazz with French folk music, working most prominently with the hurdy-gurdy player Valentin Clastrier.[8]

In 2010 Roberto Tardito dedicated his album Distanze to him.


Adapted from Discogs.[9]


Adapted from IMDb.[11]


  1. ^ "Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath - Yes Please - Angouleme 1981". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  2. ^ Lewis, Dave. "Henri Texier: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  3. ^ "African Flashback by Louis Sclavis on Apple Music". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  4. ^ "Louis Sclavis & Le Quatuor Habanera* - L'Engrenage". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  5. ^ "Eric Linard Editions - Biographie Louis Sclavis -". www.ericlinardeditions.com (in French). Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  6. ^ "Artist – Louis Sclavis – Biography | Virgile Legrand Galerie". www.galerie-virgile-legrand.com (in French). Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  7. ^ "Ernst Reijseger / Louis Sclavis - Et on ne parle pas du temps". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  8. ^ Bwat.fr. "Hérésie Valentin Clastrier | Le Triton". www.letriton.com (in French). Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  9. ^ "Louis Sclavis". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  10. ^ www.fmp-label.de
  11. ^ "Louis Sclavis". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-12-03.

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