piano / bass clarinet / soprano sax / compositions

MARC SARRAZY (France) – Pianist, Composer, Writer


Born in 1970 in Paris, Marc Sarrazy studied piano and composition since 1976. After some folk-rock experiences in the middle 80’s, he chose jazz since 1989. His style is a combination between a neo-impressionism touch ala Satie / Debussy and free experimentations inherited from European contemporary jazz.

He lived two years in East Africa (1994-6) where he opened his mind to traditional Ethiopian and Yemen music. After mostly piano solo works in the 1990’s, Sarrazy started new collaborations and projects since 2000.

Then, he played with pianist Joachim Kühn, Alexei Aigui & Ensemble 4’33 (Moscow), the violin jazz player Gerhard Putschlögl (Germany), Laurent Rochelle, bass players Yves Romain and Jan Roder, in the Improjazz Kollektief, with Palo Alto & composer Denis Frajerman, The Sputnik Project, a.o.


In 2003, he founded a new quartet (the Marc SARRAZY Quartet) with Austrian trumpet player Paul Scwhingenschlögl, bass player Hanns Höhn and drummer Dieter Arnold (Francfort). The quartet mostly performed in France and Germany. They had a big success in the Berliner Jazz Keller in October 2005.


Marc Sarrazy was invited at the Sergey Kuryokhin International Festival in Saint-Petersburg and made a tour with Russian jazzmen and electronica new scene (Sergey Letov, Vladislav Makarov, Alexey Borisov from Notchnoï Prospekt and Volga, Valentina Ponomareva, 4’33 Ensemble…) crossing Saint-Petersburg, Moscow and Smolensk (April & May 2006).


Since 2006, Marc Sarrazy had formed a new duo with Laurent Rochelle (clarinette basse, sax soprano, mélodica, samplers). They recorded the CD « Intranquillité » in 2007 ( ).

In the spring 2010, they made a trio with drummer Eric Boccalini, playing their new program « African Project around Abdullah Ibrahim and Mulatu Astatke ». They played several concerts, including for the Rio Loco Festival in Toulouse in June.


In 2011 and 2012, Marc Sarrazy toured in Belgique and in France with Laurent Rochelle (bcl, ss, mélodica), Anja Kowalski (voc), Isabelle Sainte-Rose (cello), Audrey Lauro (as) and Yannick Dupont (dm, laptop) for cine-concerts projects « Histoires sans paroles » and « La Nuit des Corps Vivants ».


Besides his musical activities, Marc Sarrazy is a writer and jazz journalist. He has a long collaboration with the French magazine Improjazz since the issue # 2 (February 1994) and just published a book about the German pianist Joachim Kühn and history of European modern jazz (Editions Syllepse, 2003), and some litteraries novels in different books.

He is actually finishing on a big book on “Jazz & New music from Russia & Siberia, Central Asia, Baltics, Caucasus, Sub-carpatic countries and Mongolia”.


Discography :


> Marc SARRAZY Quartet : « Intranquillité » (Linoleum Records lin 008), 2007

> Marc SARRAZY Quartet : « Louis XIV Love’s Trance » (Rucilo Records 01160), 2004

> Marc SARRAZY / Paul SCWHINGENSCHLÖGL Duo : « Le Growl » CD (Demi-Lune dml 001)

> Marc SARRAZY Quartet feat. Joachim KÜHN: « K » CD (Demi-Lune dml 002), 2003

> Marc SARRAZY Trio : « Virus 124 » (Demi-Lune dml 003, ), 2003

> TOTAL JUNGLE ORCHESTRA : « Rhythms Workshops » (Demi-Lune dml HS02), 2004

LAURENT ROCHELLE ( france) bass Clarinet, soprano sax, piano

born in 1967, France //


Trained as a classical saxophone at the age of 11 years and then turns to jazz and improvised music
following the teaching of saxophonist Thierry Maucci in Marseille (France). Interressed very early in the composition immersing himself in music from the Balkans and in drawing its inspiration from classical european composers (Ravel,Bartok, Berg ..) and american minimal music (Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Steve Reich...)




Play and compose for his jazz quartet, Okidoki /

Artistic director since 2003 of the french label Linoleum distributed by the Alllumés du jazz and Cd1D

Composition of music and production of soundtracks for performances of Puppets compagnie “Le clan des songes” (Bout à bout in 2016, Cités in 2012, Fragile In 2010, La Nuit will be released in 2008), touring all over France, Europe and USA.

Play the show "Magic Mountain" using photography of Pierre Meyer and with Juliette Carlier (Vibraphone) and Frédéric Schadoroff (piano).

Since 2007 many compositions for the publisher Cezame music Agency
(Paris) and the Art melodies label for audiovisual network./

Concerts with Didier Labbé on the show "Nuit blanche", ciné concert on 8
Animated films from the 20's to the 80's.

Participated in the project "In C" directed by Christine Wodraska on the music of Terry Riley, an orchestra of about 15 musicians.

Makes improvised concerts mixing music and books in the trio with Laurent Paris ( drums) and Olivier Capelle ( vocals).


Si tu regardes, Okidoki quartet, Linoleum / L'autre distribution, 2016

Les amours invisibles, solo, Linoleum 2012 /ADJ

Short Stories, Dieter arnold, Rucilo 2009

Intranquillité, Marc sarrazy, Linoleum 2008 / ADJ

Sous la surface des mots, solo,2006 Linoeum/ADJ

Choses entendues, 11 soli de clarinette basse,2005 Linoleum / ADJ

Dieter Arnold Sputnik Project, 2005 / Rucilo records

Végétale, Monkomarok, 2005, enja / Mosaic music

La méduse , Lilliput orkestra, 2004, Linoleum / Musicast

Conversations à voix basse , disque solo, 2003 , Linoleum / Musicast

Au plafond , Monkomarok, 2002 , enja / harmonia mundi

Les petits malentendus, Lilliput orkestra, 2001, autoproduit

Din Din Dan, Monkomarok, 2000, enja / harmonia mundi

Le rêve de Monk, Monkomarok, 1998, autoproduit