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Alban Darche Saxophonist, composer and Yolk co-founder


Album after album, through an ever increasing number of line-ups and experiences, Alban Darche has been building a highly original, free-spirited and coherent body of work.
He’s the ingenious composer and leader of several bands including Le Gros Cube, a bigband featuring the finest jazz talents in France, with several albums to its name, one featuring French singer Philippe Katerine.
In addition to his personal projects, Alban Darche has worked with, amongst others, l’Orchestre National de Jazz, Le sacre du Tympan, John Hollenbeck, Samuel Blaser, Gabor Gado, Tim Berne and Driss El Maloumi…
He’s also one of the founders of the dynamic Yolk label, which has allowed a whole generation of young musicians to flourish.
An avid multidisciplinary collaborator, Alban is currently working with choreographer Nasser Martin–Gousset, director Sylvain Maurice, writer Pierre Bordage, and accordionist Sébastien Bertrand.
L’OrphiCube, his latest project, allows him to explore the links between music and visual arts through a collaboration with graphic designer Silvain Joblin.

Alban Darche has played with…
Steve Argüelles, John Hollenbeck, Samuel Blaser, Thomas de Pourquery, Daniel Yvinec, David Chevallier, Tim Berne, Marc Ducret, Julien Lourau, Kenny Wheeler, Driss El Maloumi, Baptiste Trotignon, André Minvielle, Vincent Courtois, Katerine, Geoffroy de Masure, Evan Parker, Olivier Sens, Franck Vaillant, D’ de Kabal, Dgiz, Médéric Colligon, Stéphane Payen, Christophe Lavergne, Sylvain Rifflet, Julien Lourau, Laurent Blondiau, Eric Vloiemans, Julian Siegel, Gilles Coronado, François Thuiller, Daniel Casimir, Fred Pallem, Jeanne Added, Tom Arthurs, Didier Ithursarry, Laia Genc, Jean-Philippe Morel, Ingrid Laubrock, Jon Irabagon…

… in numerous festivals, theatres and clubs in France :
Banlieues Bleues, Europa Jazz Festivat , Jazz à Cluny, Jazz à Couches, Jazz au fil de l’Oise, Jazz sous les Pommiers, Jazzdor à Strasbourg, Les Rendez-Vous de l’Erdre, Nancy Jazz Pulsation, Flâneries musicales de Reims, Paris jazz Festival, Tourcoing Jazz Festival…

… and abroad:
Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Belgium, the Netherlands, Turkey, China, USA, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Morocco, England , Korea, Japan.
xavier le jeune


It's not an exhaustive list.

june 2019
09  concert  Clover @ Festival Bouche à Oreille - Bouchemaine (49)


other works
« Budapest Concerts » (BMC 2010)
« Trumpet Kingdom » (BMC 2008)
« Stringed » (Gado, Boisseau & RTQ string quartet) (BMC 2004)
Kaput-K (Hotwood 1998)
Jazzophone live Pannonica (Hotwood 1996)

Laïa Genc « Polyfangastronosia » (JazzHausMusik 2009)
Issam Krimi « post jazz » (Melisse 2009)
Le Sacre du Tympan III (Atmosphériques 2008)
Le Sacre du Tympan « le retour » (label bleu 2005)