Noël Akchoté

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Noël Akchoté
Born (1968-12-07) December 7, 1968 (age 54)
Paris, France
GenresJazz, pop, rock, avant-garde jazz, experimental, contemporary classical, free improvisation
LabelsWinter & Winter, Rectangle

Noël Akchoté (born 7 December 1968)[1] is a French guitarist in free improvisation, classical, experimental, and free jazz.


Starting on guitar at when he was eight years old,[2] he received lessons on classical guitar in school. When he was ten he saw a Baden Powell concert in Paris and was also impressed by Jimmy Gourley. At fourteen he was performing day and night in bars and restaurants. He dropped out of school and learned to play drums and bass. He attended workshops given by guitarists Philip Catherine, Mickey Baker, and Tal Farlow. During the 1990s he worked with Joey Baron, Lol Coxhill, Glenn Ferris, Daniel Humair, Michel Portal, Sam Rivers, Aldo Romano, Louis Sclavis, and Henri Texier. He started the record label Rectangle. He was a member of the Recyclers, Trash Corporation, and was a founder the Big Four in 2001 with Steven Bernstein, Bradley Jones, and Max Nagl. He has also played with Derek Bailey, Han Bennink, Tim Berne, Eugene Chadbourne, Marc Ducret, Christian Escoude, Fred Frith, Mary Halvorson, Ingrid Jensen, Adam Levy, George E. Lewis, Phil Minton, Evan Parker, Marc Ribot, and Herb Robertson.[3]


As leader[edit]

  • Soundpage(s) (Label Bleu, 1994)
  • Somewhere Bi-Lingual (Siesta, 1997)
  • Lust Corner (Winter & Winter, 1997)
  • Noel Akchote & Bruno Meillier (Orkhestra, 1999)
  • Alike Joseph (Rectangle, 2000)
  • Rien (Winter & Winter, 2000)
  • Simple Joseph (Rectangle, 2001)
  • Perpetual Joseph (Rectangle, 2002)
  • (Signature, 2002)
  • Impro-Micro-Acoustique (Blue Chopsticks, 2003)
  • Adult Guitar (Blue Chopsticks, 2004)
  • Sonny II (Winter & Winter, 2004)
  • Ecume Ou Bave (Signature, 2004)
  • Les Invisibles (Universal, 2006)
  • So Lucky (Winter & Winter, 2007)
  • Toi-Meme (Winter & Winter, 2008)

As co-leader[edit]

  • Big Four, with Max Nagl, Steven Bernstein, Bradley Jones (Hatology, 2002)

As sideman[edit]

With Corin Curschellas

  • Rappa Nomada (Schweiz, 1995)
  • Valdun Voices of Rumantsch (Schweiz, 1997)
  • Goodbye Gary Cooper (Make Up, 1999)

With David Grubbs

  • Aux Noctambules (Rectangle, 1999)
  • The Coxcomb (Rectangle, 1999)
  • The Spectrum Between (Drag City, 2000)
  • Thirty Minute Raven (Rectangle, 2001)
  • Rickets & Scurvy (Drag City, 2002)

With others



  • Philippe Robert, Musiques expérimentales. Une anthologie transversale d'enregistrements emblématiques. Le Mot et le Reste/GRIM. 2007.
  • (Collective, edited by Franck Médioni), Albert Ayler : Témoignages sur un holy ghost, Le Mot et le Reste, 2010.


  1. ^ Clergeat, André (2002). "Akchoté, Noël". In Barry Kernfeld (ed.). The new Grove dictionary of jazz, vol. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 21. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.
  2. ^ Philippe Carles, André Clergeat et Jean-Louis Comolli, Dictionnaire du jazz, Ed. Robert Laffont, Coll. Bouquins, Paris, 1994, ISBN 2-221-07822-5, p.13
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott (2013). The Great Jazz Guitarists. San Francisco: Backbeat. pp. 5–6. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6.