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MORE LIGHT (featuring Yonathan Avishai, Yoni Zelnik, Lukmil Perez, David Prez).

 

 

 

 

"The kind of jazz that does not build walls but creates bridges"

Alex Dutilh, FRANCE MUSIQUE

 

 

"Zerafa asserts himself as a refined, bright and elegant guitarist with a sort of winning lyricism"

JAZZ MAGAZINE ****

 

 

"Not even one second of boredom in this album where everything converges towards beauty" 

JAZZ NEWS "Indispensable"

 

 

"Besides his undeniable talent as a guitarist, Sandro Zerafa also confirms that he is an inspired composer."

CULTURE JAZZ

 

 

"The image of jazz today"

Jean-Yves Chaperon, RTL

"Sandro's playing is characterized by fine taste and sensitivity"

JAZZ PODIUM

NEWS

MORE LIGHT, SCRIABIN, STANDARDS....

Thanks to all those who came out to "More Light 4tet"  shows in Porgy and Bess (Austria), Chorus (Lausanne), Le Phénix (Valenciennes), Théâtre Jacques Le Coeur (Bourges), L'Osons Jazz Club (Lurs) etc.. Check out the upcoming dates on the Gigs section including the 'Scriabin in jazz' project premier at The Three Palaces Festival. 2020 will be an exciting year featuring also a new trio project... more details coming soon.

TEASER / EPK "MORE LIGHT"

Check out the MORE LIGHT teaser here.  MORE LIGHT  quartet is Sandro Zerafa on guitar, Yonathan Avishai on piano, Yoni Zelnik on bass and Lukmil Perez Herrera on drums. David Prez features on saxophone on 3 tracks. The album was released in 2017 on the jazz&people label.

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MUSIC

 

VIDEO

'Nowness'

live at Le JAM, Marseille, December 2018

w/ Yonathan Avishai/ Yoni Zelnik / Lukmil Perez

'Fear of Falling'

Warsaw Summer Jazz Days 2014

w/ Laurent Coq / Matyas Szandai / Fred Pasqua

'BullFrog'

Studio de l'Ermitage, 2013

w/ Laurent Coq / Olivier Zanot / Yoni Zelnik / Fred Pasqua 

 
ABOUT

Sandro was born in Malta in 1975. His first guitar teacher was Tony Pace. He pursued classical guitar studies with Charlotte Smith and later enrolled in the music course at the University of Malta, graduating with Honours in 1997. The Malta Jazz Festival, created in 1991 by Charles Gatt, was an important inspiration for Sandro. He started gigging in Malta with Nicky Doublet, Bernard Scerri, Charles Gatt amongst others. Moved to Lyons in 1998 and studied at the Lyons Conservatory with Mario Stantchev and Jean-Louis Almosnino. Graduated with a medaille d’or and DEM in 2000. He moved to Paris in 2000 where he has been living since then. Sandro quickly became active on the Parisian jazz scene.

His first group featured trombone player Sebastien Llado and won 3rd prize at the La Defense National Jazz Contest. With alto saxophone player Olivier Zanot and drummer David Georgelet he formed the group The Jaywalkers (winning a Mention Speciale for Composition at the La Defense Contest). The Jaywalkers was augmented to a quintet with the addition of Yoni Zelnik and David Prez (a companion from the conservatory days). The first recording by the White Russian 5tet was awarded a DISQUE D’EMOI by JazzMagazine.

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His second album as a leader, URBAN POETICS (PJU recrds) featured Laurent Coq on piano, Yoni Zelnik on doublebass and Karl Jannuska on drums. Urban Poetics received considerable critical acclaim. In 2014 Sandro released his third album as a leader - THE BIGGER PICTURE (PJU records) featuring Fred Pasqua on drums, Olivier Zanot on alto sax, Yoni Zelnik on bass and Laurent Coq. Critics described this album as a milestone in Sandro’s output. Sandro is a founder member of the jazz collective / record label Paris Jazz Underground, together with guitarist Romain Pilon and saxophone player David Prez. He is also a great lover of Brazilian music and has collaborated with notable Brazilian artists such as Marcia Maria, Catia Werneck, Aline de Lima and Sergio Krakowski. He often collaborates with singer Jiji and has also contributed to the arrangements of her albums. 

Sandro has recorded 15 albums as a sideman and his new album ‘More Light’ is scheduled for release in January 2017 on the French label jazz&people. It features Yonathan Avishai on piano, Yoni Zelnik on bass, Lukmil Perez on drums and David Prez on saxophone. He has collaborated with artists as diverse as Nico Gori, Francesco Bearzatti, Chico Buarque, Manu Katché, Stjepko Gut and Laurent Coq. He has performed extensively in Italy, Malta, Belgium, Morocco, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Brazil, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, S.Korea, Canada, France and the UK. He is artistic director of the Malta Jazz Festival since 2009.

 

 

ALTERNATE BIOGRAPHY

 

Born in Malta in 1975. After several years of classical guitar studies, Sandro found himself inadvertently in a musical limbo, during which he was listening to Sonic Youth, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Miles Davis at the same time. Following this post-adolescent crisis he consecrated himself to jazz. Was traumatised by a John Scofield performance at the Malta Jazz Festival. A period ensued where he painfully dismembered jazz standards on the island of Malta, in search for an ‘identity’.

After graduating with Honours in Music from the University of Malta he moved to Lyons - capital of the tripe sausage. Started gigging, discovered Ornette Coleman, ate more tripe sausage. Graduated with a medaille d’or in jazz guitar from the Lyons Conservatory and in search of further mental desequilibrium he moved to Paris, where he’s been living since then. 

 

Won several awards at successive editions of La Defense National Jazz Contest, and has been very active on the local jazz scene. Sandro can be heard with his own quartet, Nico Gori European 4tet, Robin Nicaise 6tet, Decaphonic Orchestra, Fabio Accardi Band. When not playing guitar he can be spotted jogging in Vincennes park in another vain attempt to reduce weight.

 

Sandro never quit loving Heitor Villa Lobos - he is in fact an in-demand accompanist in Brazilian music projects. He has worked with singers Aline de Lima, Catia Werneck, Marcia Maria, Johanne Sayada and pandeirista Sergo Krakowski. Sandro is still in search of an experience equalling that of drinking caipirinhas at sundown in Ipanema.

 

Sandro has toured in France, Belgium, Italy, S.Korea, Brazil, Switzerland, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Turkey etc. He still hasn’t figured out how to attain his financial goals, but he has learnt how to make a good porcini risotto. 

 

SHOWS

 
 
DISCOGRAPHY (leader/co-leader)

White Russian 5tet (2008)

Sandro Zerafa - guitar

David Prez - tenor sax

Olivier Zanot - alto sax

Yoni Zelnik - bass

David Georgelet - drums

More Light (jazz&people, 2017)

 

Sandro Zerafa - guitar

Yonathan Avishai - piano

Yoni Zelnik - bass

Lukmil Perez - drums

David Prez- tenor sax

Urban Poetics (PJU records, 2011)

Sandro Zerafa - guitar

Laurent Coq - piano

Yoni Zelnik - bass

Karl Jannuska - drums

The Bigger Picture (2013, PJU records) 

Sandro Zerafa - guitar

Olivier Zanot - alto sax

Laurent Coq - piano

Yoni Zelnik - bass

Fred Pasqua - drums

PARIS JAZZ UNDERGROUND (PJU Records, 2012)

Olivier Zanot - alto sax

David Prez- tenor sax 

Sandro Zerafa - guitar

Romain Pilon - guitar

Yoni Zelnik - bass

Karl Jannuska - drums

White Russian 5tet (2008)

Sandro Zerafa - guitar

David Prez - tenor sax

Olivier Zanot - alto sax

Yoni Zelnik - bass

David Georgelet - drums

SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY (sideman)

STEFANIA ARCIERI - VIEWS

Stefania Arcieri - vocals

Nathaniel Facey - alto sax 

Gareth Lockrane- flute

Sandro Zerafa - guitar

Barry Green - piano

Dario di Lecce - bass

Shane Forbes - drums 

JIJI - APRIL CHILD

Jiji - vocals

Sandro Zerafa - guitar

Hugo Lippi - guitar

Julio Gonçalves - percussion

Alfio Origlio - piano

Chico Buarque - special guest

CARLO MUSCAT - THE SOUND CATALOGUES 

 

Carlo Muscat - tenor sax

Daniele Raimondi - trumpet

Joe Debono -drums 

Sandro Zerafa - guitar 

Matyas Szandai - bass

Lionel Boccara - drums

ROBIN NICAISE - NOUVEL AIR

Robin Nicaise - tenor sax

Adrien Chicot  - Fender Rhodes 

Sandro Zerafa - guitar

Yoni Zelnik - bass

Fred Pasqua - drums

David Prez - tenor sax

Eponine Momenceau - harp

JIJI - JOANA FRANCESA

 

Jiji - vocals

Frederic Couderc- flute/clarinet

Sandro Zerafa - guitar

Gerson Saeki - bass

Julho Gonçalves - percussion

David Georgelet - drums

MATTHIEU MARTHOURET ORGAN QUARTET - PLAYGROUND

Matthieu Marthouret - organ

Sandro Zerafa - guitar

David Prez - sax 

Manu Franchi - drums

NICO GORI EUROPEAN 4tet -ALIEN IN YOUR HEAD

Nico Gori  - clarinet

Francesco Bearzatti - tenor sax 

Sandro Zerafa - guitar

Mauro Gargano - bass

David Georgelet - drums

FABIO ACCARDI - ARCOIRIS

Fabio Accardi - drums

Jocelyn Mienniel - flute

Christophe Panzani - sax

Robin Verheyen - sax

Sandro Zerafa - guitar

Stephane Caracci - vibraphone

Remy Decormeille - piano

Nicola Andrioli  - piano

Mauro Gargano - bass

 

SOPHIE ALOUR - TIME FOR LOVE

 

Sophie Alour - saxophones

Sandro Zerafa - guitar

Sylvain Romano - bass

André Ceccarelli - drums

Laurent Coq - piano

Glenn Ferris - trombone

David El Malek - tenor sax

Stéphane Belmondo - flugelhorn

Alain Jean Marie - piano

Rhoda Scott - organ

Wind Quintet Allegria

Contact 

zerafasandro@gmail.com (PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS EMAIL FOR ANY MALTA JAZZ FESTIVAL RELATED REQUESTS !)