Médéric Collignon

Médéric Collignon

Médéric Collignon appeared in the French Jazz’ landscape at the beginning of the 2000’s. As a will-o’ the wisp, high speed and unpredictable, Médéric Collignon quickly established his mild madness and his musical hyperactivity. In big band or in small ensembles, Méderic shown himself as a brilliant trumpeter, but also as a talented improviser, with his vocal and electronical experiments, using jazz as one of the components of an explosive collision of styles.

Médéric began learning trumpet at the age of five. Student at the Conservatory of Charleville-Mézières in 1984, he follows the teaching of a liberal professor who encourages his curiosity and his thirst to experiment. His discovery of jazz is transversal, listening to all music, from funk to Olivier Messiaen through hard-rock and jazz-rock. From this anarchistic but reasoned assimilation emerge his own style, that borrows from heterogeneous sources. His references are more to iconic "figures" (Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Don Cherry, to name only trumpeters) rather than an academic learning of genres.

Graduated of Nancy’s Conservatoire in 1989, he imposes its originality both with the cornet, twirling from one style to another with a chameleonic ease, as with his voice, that he deforms, amplifies, modulates with the help of an apparatus of electronic effects, whose amplitude ranges from murmuring to shrill screams. Settled in Paris since 1997, Collignon has been making his mark with his tenures with the Orchestre National de Jazz (on two occasions), Andy Emler’s MegaOctet and on Louis Sclavis’ release Napoli’s Walls.

Besides his mastery of rhythmic, harmonic and directional play, Médéric is also a brilliant composer. He has (adapted and) rewritten with talent "Porgy and Bess" for his energic quatuor band "Le Jus de Bocse", bringing a lot of freshness and freedom. The result is disarming, a kind of artificial and multicolored opera, dense and powerful. With this project, Médéric won the prize of the French revelation of the year (Frank Ténot prize) at the Victoires du Jazz 2007. With the same band, he released a new album "Shangri-Tunkashi-La" in February 2010: a tribute to the years 1968-75 of Miles. The band is rewarded in July 2010 with the Victory du Jazz as “Best Artist or Group of the Year”.

After Ennio Morricone and Miles Davis, it’s King Crimson’s turn to receive a special treat from the hornettist’s raging imagination. Joined by two string quartets, they reenchants King Crimson’s sophisticated rock. Their album “A la Recherche du Roi Frippé” wins a Jazz Victory in the "Album of the year" category (2013)

With “MoOvies” (2015), Médéric payed homage to Hollywood cinema from the 60s and 70s with inspired adaptations of movie soundtracks, from Quincy jones to Lalo Schifrin.

These days, Médéric & le Jus de Bocse are recording their New album, expressing his claiming spirit by exploiting great speeches that marked History (Chaplin, Camus, Einstein, King, Ibarruri, etc.).
To highlight these guests from another time, Médéric Collignon and his Band will make their words vibrate with Hip-Hop Sounds ! Samples, urban sounds, beatboxes and improvisations give another life to these messages that have not lost their meaning nowadays...

Rewards

2006 : Porgy and Bess : Grand prix du disque de la musique jazz de l’Académie Charles-Cros.
2007 : Victoires du Jazz as "French instrumental revelation of the year » (Prix Frank Ténot)".
2008 : Prix Django-Reinhardt (with saxophoniste Géraldine Laurent)
2009 : Django d’Or du spectacle vivant Spedidam.
2009 : Médéric Collignon est fait Chevalier des Arts et Lettres le 31 mars 2009.
2010 : Victoires du jazz dans la catégorie "Artiste ou formation instrumentale française de l’année".
2013 : Victoire du jazz dans la catégorie "Album de l’année", avec A la recherche du roi frippé »