Léon Phal

Wed, Jun 28, 2023
6:30 PM
National Arts Centre Fourth Stage

Presented by Ambassade de France au Canada

Léon Phal - saxophone
Zacharie Ksyk - trumpet
Gauthier Toux - rhodes & synths
Rémy Bouyssière - upright bass
Arthur Alard - drums

Very promising saxophonist Léon Phal is part of this young generation of jazz musicians who have been brought up with classics. He found his own style while paying tribute to them, whether it be Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor or D’Angelo’s “Voodoo”. Surrounded by his lifelong gang, his mastery of the instrument, his incredible sense of melody, the delicacy of his compositions and his devastating groove, all show a bright future for this Franco-Swiss native of Champagne.

Winner of the Nancy Jazz Pulsations and Jazz à Vienne in 2019, Léon Phal released a second opus, “Dust to Stars”, in April 2021,with opportunity to explore the music that kept him up at night between house, drum’n’bass and afrobeat. A real dance machine with a soul, his music is a fight between acoustic and electronic, jazz fervor and dancefloor fever, dreamy escapes and meticulous beats, resulting in a symbiosis between contagious energy and rare elegance. His album was very well received by the press and professionals alike, which he presented last summer on prestigious stages such as La Défense Jazz, Jazz à Vienne, Nancy Jazz Pulsations, Jazz à Sète, Jazz in Juan, Cosmo Jazz, Tourcoing Jazz…

In the wait for his next album planned for spring 2023, Léon is currently producing numerous collaborations (Emile Londonien, Louis Matute, Bandit Voyage & Lee Scratch Perry) and preparing the release of new singles.