Saxophonist, Clarinettist and French composer, graduated from the Conservatoire de Paris, Sylvain Rifflet is the winner of the competition of La Defense and has received several awards including a "victoire du jazz" and a "Django d’or".
He has performed or recorded with many musicians, including some of the "must-see" performers on the European scene (Henri Texier, Paolo Fresu, Louis Sclavis, Aldo Romano, Michel Portal, Kenny Wheeler, Riccardo Del Fra ...) but also alongside American musicians such as Joey Baron, Jon Irabagon, Jon Hollenbeck, or Jim Black ...
Spearheading the young generation of jazz musicians from the first decade of the 21st century, he has collaborated with those who are today on the front of the European "new scene": Verneri Pohjola, Airelle Besson, Thomas de Pourquery, Alban Darche, Benjamin Flament, Pascal Schumacher, Rembrandt Freirichs, Florian Weber, Eve Risser, Sébastien Boisseau, Henning Sieverts and Fred Pallem .
Noticed as a composer in 2011 after the publication of "Alphabet" he subsequently published two albums on behalf of the Jazz Village label: "Perpetual Motion - a celebration of Moondog" in 2014 and "Mechanics" in 2015. In 2016 he releases “Refocus” his first album for the historical label Verve.
His two last albums, “Troubadours” and “Aux anges” have been produced and released on his own label Magriff.
He has been a resident of the following structures Jazz au fil de l'Oise, Festival Banlieues Bleues, national scene of Alençon, Conservatoire de Besançon, Festival Like a jazz Machine, (Luxembourg.) and is currently associated artist of national scene of Quimper.
Quoting Stan Getz as his main saxophonist influence, the composer gladly draws in the field of American repetitive and minimalist music to develop a writing mixing improvisation, repetition, rupture, "bruitism" and even sometimes trance.