Line-upLaurent Maur : Harmoniciste
Emilie Calmé : Flûtiste
Curtis Efoua : Batteur percussionniste
Ouriel Ellert : Bassiste
How the quartet was formed
Two duos pair up and create a combination of unique instrumentation:
It all started with Laurent Maur, a harmonicist and 1st price winner of the World Harmonica Championship in Trossingen, meeting up with Emilie Calmé, a flutist who studied bansuri with famous Indian flute master Hariprasaad Chaurasia after graduating from the Bordeaux Conservatory.
For the last seven years they have been roaming the globe and gathering artistic discoveries. California, Mongolia, Korea, China, Europe, the duo has continued to enthusiastically work the jazz clubs and festivals, seducing a vast, enraptured audience. Incidentally they had the great opportunity to perform as a duo at the Opera House in Ulaanbaatar in 2012, at the Forbidden City in Beijing, at the Formtec Works-hall in Seoul in 2015. They were also showcased at the “Croisements” festival put on by the Alliance Française in Beijing.
In 2015 they got together with two other talented musicians; Curtis Efoua, a drummer and a percussionist, winner of the Best Instrumentalist Price of La Défense Jazz Festival, and Ouriel Ellert, a bassist and a composer who has developed a passion for Afro-Cuban music and performed as sideman to many international artists such as Mamani Keita, Martha High or Les Yeux Noirs. The variety of the inspiration of these two well-seasoned artists (jazz and grooves from the world) gave the project a new direction.
The four musicians take every opportunity to get together in the South West of France; upon creation residencies, improvisation sessions, recording sessions and performances in the area. In February 2015, they recorded their debut EP “l’Ile nock”, which includes improvised music and composition extracts and is available in digital format.
In November this year the quartet will go back to the studio to record their debut album which will feature original pieces composed by each of the members of the band. Release is due in Bordeaux in April 2017, with a release in Paris in the wake.
The Youpi Quartet offers a unique musical contribution full of inspiration and spontaneity, an ode to the moment and to improvisation, a music that highlights the beauty of timbres, the power of sonic textures and the rich blending of harmonics altogether.