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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 that bring together some of the most talented French and international soloists.
Destined to scientific studies, Alban Darche chose to flourish in the artistic field: after classical music studies at the Conservatoire de Nantes, he joined the jazz class of the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris.
A saxophonist, composer and arranger, he has about thirty albums under his name. He combines a wide range of talents mixing jazz with pop, rock, opera, cinema, rap and slam, contemporary and chamber music.
He changes labels from dance to musical theater and has worked with the National Jazz Orchestra, Philippe Katerine, Thomas Pourquery, Jeanne Ad- ded, Gabor Gado, theatre director Sylvain Maurice, choreographer Nasser Martin- Gousset, writer Pierre Bordage, dramatic author Marion Aubert and more.
Alban Darche and drummer and composer John Hollenbeck were awarded the French-American Jazz Exchange for their collaboration in the US-Eu- ropean quartet JASS, feat. Sebastien Boisseau and Samuel Blaser . In 2016 Alban co-composed « Le Tombeau de Poulenc" a orchestral piece for big- band and two pianos with composers Mathias Ruëgg et Jean-Christophe Cholet.
Alban is the co-founder and artistic director of very active label Yolkrecords, who received a Django d’Or award and has released more than 80 references. Yolk is awarded Label of the year 2019 by Les Victoires du jazz.

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 Thuillier, Daniel Casimir, Fred Pallem, Jeanne Added, Tom Arthurs, Didier Ithursarry, Laia Genc, Jean-Philippe Morel, Tim Hagans, Ingrid Laubrock, Jon Irabagon...
Alban Darche © Xavier Le Jeune


It's not an exhaustive list.

may 2024
15  concert  Alban Darche et Loïs Le Van @ Sunset Sunside, Paris (75)

june 2024
08  concert  Alban Darche et Loïs Le Van @ Jans (44)
12  concert  Alban Darche et Loïs Le Van @ Sunset Sunside, Paris (75)


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)