SUREL, SEGAL & GUBITSCH
The coming together of a rock-tango guitarist of epic passion, a solo violinist with a seafaring musical spirit and a cellist specializing in self-awareness through musical adventuring, sweeps us up instantly on an ever-changing journey
—Anne Berthod - Télérama
On stage Sébastien, Vincent and Tomás navigate between written music and improvisation, charting different musical continents, drawing the listener into the subtlety and intensity of their common language, their sound. In short, they make music together. Listening to them one is convinced that their apparently chance meeting was in actual fact an inevitability.
It was in 2014 that “Surel, Segal & Gubitsch,” an
extraordinary and unclassifiable trio, first saw the light of day. On the surface this was an unlikely encounter between three personalities with very distinctive sounds. In fact, violinist Sébastien, cellist Vincent and guitarist Tomás were united as much by their diversity as by their common musical language. Their repertoire while mainly their own original compositions also includes arrangements with works by Thelonious Monk, Hermeto Pascoal and Charlie Chaplin
Tomás Gubitsch’s rise is well documented from his lightning debut in Buenos Aires in 1976, where his dazzling virtuosity made him a star at 18, to his arrival in France scarcely a year later alongside Astor Piazzolla. There then followed his encounters with the European jazz greats (Stéphane Grapelli, Michel Portal, Steve Lacy, Glenn Ferris, Jean-François Jenny-Clark, etc.). He’s no stranger to conducting or composing with an output of compositions destined for many orchestras throughout the world in addition to his works for cinema and dance.
His concerts today are enriched by all these experiences. The written note is mixed with explosive improvisation. It’s an inventive marriage, blending popular chamber music with vibrant rock, fast, furious and irreverent.
Sharing the stage with musicians of unrivalled class, in sextet or trio, his productions at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris de- monstrate that it is possible to break down barriers between styles and categories, making a “Gubitsch style”.
Although Tomás is considered one of the leading exponents of modern Tango his own musical universe extends well beyond any regional limitations. Proof of his versatility, if any were needed, is evident in the style of the Surel, Segal & Gubitsch Trio, indefinable, unexpected and rich just like the individual careers of these three extraordinary musicians.
Vincent Segal is a French cellist who lives in Paris. While training classically at conservatory, he immersed himself in a variety of music traditions, such as improvisation, rock, jazz, Indian and folk.In 1999 he formed Bumcello, a duo band with Cyril Atef, with whom he has recorded six albums. In 2006 they won a French Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic album.
He has played and recorded with a variety of artists such as Blackalicious, Nana Vasconcelos, Cesaria Evora, Brigitte Fontaine, Sting,Marianne Faithfull, Elvis Costello and Ballake Sissoko.
He has played solo cello for several movie soundtracks such as Lust, Caution, directed by Ang Lee, and The Painted Veil, directed by John Curran, which won a Golden GlobeTM for Best Ori- ginal Score by Alexandre Desplat. Mr. Segal is the composer of original music for many films, including I Am Josh Polonski’s Brother directed by Rafael Nadjari and Je suis heureux que ma mère soit vivante directed by Claude Miller.
In 2010 the duo Album Chamber Music with Ballaké Sissoko was elected by Le Monde ,Guardian, WallStreet Journal ,NPR,in the 10th albums of the year.
An inquisitive, insatiable artist and multi-faceted musician, Sébastien Surel is keen to create and promote bridges between musical styles and cultures.
His career has been full of such meetings, from the Talweg Trio, which he founded in 2003 to his numerous collaborations with fellow artists such as Roland Pidoux, Michel Moraguès, the members of the Wanderer Trio, the Zellig Ensemble (founded by composer Thierry Pécou), the explosive “Sortie d’artistes” and Richard Galliano. He has performed in over 500 concerts around the world.
He began his musical career as a violin soloist with various chamber formations and orchestras and then played with the French Radio Philharmonic for three years before devoting himself entirely to his solo career.
Sébastien Surel has been invited to perform throughout the world : London’s Barbican Centre, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, the Amsterdam Concertgebow, Saint Cecilia, Dresden Opera, Tokyo’s Kioi Hall in addition to the jazz festivals in Montreuex, Vienna, Montreal, Marciac and Nice.
The Talweg Trio in its present formation: Surel, pianist Romain Descharmes and cellist Eric-Maria Couturier has been invited to major festivals in Europe and Japan. Their first disc pays homage to Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky and has been awarded the prestigious Diapason d’Or.
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Surel, Segal & Gubitsch in the USA