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Formed in 2004 in Toulouse, Pulcinella has given almost 500 concerts.

 

The quartet, first and foremost a live group, has played much in France, particularly in renowned festivals such as Jazz in Marciac, Uzeste Musical, Jazz sous les Pommiers, Nancy Jazz Pulsations, les Rendez-vous de l’Erdre, le festival Radio France etc. While active on the local scene they have also visited twenty or so countries, playing the main square in Dushanbe (Tajikistan), travelling round Ukraine in two epic tours, participating in prestigious festivals (London Jazz Festival, Jazzwerkstatt in Bern, Varna Jazz Festival in Bulgaria, Saint-Louis Jazz Festival in Senegal), celebrating 1000 years of the city of Hanoi and playing and recording several times in Hungary (since 2008).

Pulcinella has enjoyed the support of several networks : Discovery by the Federation of Jazz Gigs in 2005, selection Jazz Migration 2007, selection Chaînon manquant in 2008, selection Jazz Primeurs by Cultures France in 2009, selection 2012/2013 of Jeunesses Musicales de France.

As well as its work with other musicians (Emile Parisien, Leila Martial, Andreas Schaerer, Troyka, Patrick Vaillant, Daniel Casimir etc.), the group is enthusiastic about encounters with the other arts. Thus it has produced music for stage works, for cinema concerts, it has collaborated with dancers, provided a backdrop for text readings, accompanied circus performances, etc.

Apart from its previous five albums as a quartet, the group has recorded an “hommage” to the French singer Claude Nougaro with Hervé Suhubiette. It has also released a CD with the Hungarian trio Dzsindzsa (Gábor Weisz, Hunor Szabó, Ernő Hock) for BMC in 2009 (Panthers’ play).

They are now touring with 3 projects : Chat! (a musical tale for young audience), Le Grand Déballage (timeless ball), and ¾ d’once (delocalized jazz).

Ferdinand Doumerc

Saxophones, flûte


After following studies in musicology he joined several groups both as a player and a composer, in a variety of different styles.

Apart from Pulcinella, which he founded in 2004, he plays with « La Face Cachée des Sous-bois », an afro-jazz-funk trio with Sonny Troupé and Julian Babou, and with various big bands such as Big Band 31, Philip Laudet’s Jazz Odyssey, the Big Band Brass….

He has also participated in a range of original projects such as the gastronomic/philosophical /circus show « In the Food for Love » or the sound-painting collective « Le Grand Toz ».

He is at the forefront of the creative music scene in Toulouse, member of the trio Mowgli, the sextet Stabat Akish (2 albums on international labels), of the electro-jazz-funk combo Les Headbangers  and Initiative H (2 albums on Neuklang). For all that, he remains loyal to afro-american music and participates in various soul music projects including leading a tribute to Herbie Hancock.

Florian Demonsant

Accordéon


He was 8 years old when he first discovered the accordion, in the hands of dance band maestro Serge Doat. After a time playing old style and with a country dance band, he moved on to tzigane music (learning with Marius Manole of Taraf de Haïdouks and Dessimer Dimitrov from Folk Palitra), and improvisation (workshops with Denis Badault and Marc Démereau). This was followed by various experiences, with Les Biodégradés from the Tarn « departement », with a group of professional musicians from the Music’Halle school in Toulouse, and various shows and interactions with actors, contemporary dancers, circus performers and singers.

Apart from his work with Pulcinella, at the moment Florian is accordionist and composer with the Bey Ler Bey trio and in the Circ’Hulon show « Strampalati ». He creates accordion-themed events such as « L’Accordéonistade », and demonstrates his attachment to popular culture by playing for dances from a variety of traditions. His solo concerts weave his own compositions into the story of his life with the accordion. His first solo album « Etreinte » was recorded in 2016.

Pierre Pollet

Batterie


He studied at the Agostini school and then at the CNR in Toulouse where he obtained a State Diploma in jazz and was awarded a prize in drumming. Pierre Pollet then continued his studies at the CNR of Montpellier with Pierre de Bethmann, François Theberge, Stéphane Fouché and Peter Giron, and at workshops led by saxophonist John Tchicaï.

He has collaborated with musicians such as Hermeto Pascoal, Emmanuel Bex, Michael Attias. At the centre of the Toulouse music scene, his current projects include working with Initiative h, Philippe Laudet Jazz Odyssey, DavidHQuartet (with David Haudrechy, Julien Duthu, Florent Hortal), Julien Duthu Quartet (Robin Fincker and Camille Sechepet), Jean-Marc Padovani and Enzo Cormann (original production « Film (noirs) », Jazz poem January 2010 etc)

At the same time he is also a founder member of the Petits Travers collective (Biennale de la Danse de Lyon) and creator of various dance shows staged by the MMCC ensemble, « Fu Bu Chu », « Il est formellement interdit de jouer au ballon » (Ball Games Strictly Forbidden), and most recently « QUATRE », alongside other original productions of the Petits Travers Company.

Jean-Marc Serpin

Contrebasse


Born in Tours, he started playing bass at secondary school. He took private lessons for several years, before leaving in 1991 to study at the Musicians Institute of Technology in Los Angeles, where he studied under Joe Diorio, Garry Willis, Scott Henderson, Bob Magnusson…. There he was fascinated by the music of his Brazilian classmates, and at their invitation left for Brazil to play Samba and to discover forro, chorro, frevo, funk, blues…..

After 6 years in Sao Paolo, he came back to settle in Toulouse in 1998. He followed professional studies at the Music’Halle, acquired a double bass, and began to play : salsa, rhythm ‘n’ blues, gipsy jazz, funk, flamenco, blues, flamenco-blues, hip-hop-jazz, operetta, rock……

He joined Pulcinella in 2004 and l’Herbe Folle in 2012.

In 2010 he recorded on the Bernard Lavilliers album « Causes Perdues et Musiques Tropicales » (Lost Causes and Music of the Tropics), which won a Silver Disc award and the Best Lyric Album at the Victoires de la Musique awards in 2012.