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Artists

Michel Massot

Instrument: 
tuba
trombone
Ensembles: 
KD's Basement Party
Rêve d'Eléphant Orchestra
Mâäk
Tuur Florizoone
Trio Grande
Kris Defoort
Fabrizio Cassol / Kris Defoort

Biography

Michel Massot is a unique player on the Belgian and, by extension, European jazz scene. As one of the few he manages to raise the tuba and the euphonium to a higher level, which made him very popular among many jazz artists on the European mainland.

He began his music studies at the Conservatory in Liège where he met, among others, drummer Michel Debrulle, who would become a loyal musical companion to this day. Together with him and saxophonist Fabrizio Cassol (Aka Moon) he set up the Trio Bravo band in the mid-1980s. Fabrizio subsequently went his own way and was replaced by French clarinettist/saxophonist Laurent Dehors. The name was changed to Trio Grande in 1993. To this day the trio is still one of the most exciting bands in our country.

Their latest CD 'Hold the line' which they recorded on our label with British pianist Matthew Bourne in 2011 bears witness to this. Due to his huge range of musical tastes he also got to grips with the most varying styles over the years, which is also expressed in the various types of projects he can be found in. From the intimate chamber music jazz of the trio Florizoone/Massot/Horbaczweski to the African jazz of MixTuur to the slightly eccentric big band music of the Rêve d'Eléphant Orchestra.

He is also a much loved musician abroad and has been included in projects of, among others, Louis Sclavis, Evan Parker, Han Bennink, Rabih-Abou Khalil, Kenny Wheeler and Christophe Monniot.

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