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KARL Jannuska

 

the drummer

 

Born and raised in the province of Manitoba, Canada Karl began playing the drums when he was seven years old. His first teacher showed him some snare drum rudiments. His second teacher had him play to ZZ Top records and his third teacher, Doug Sullivan, had Karl play along to a wide variety of music including Count Basie, Tower of Power, Thelonious Monk and Bob Marley. It was through these lessons that the young drummer acquired a taste for jazz. As a teenager Karl was taken under the wing of several older university music students performing regularly in restaurants and bars. At the age of seventeen Karl moved to Montreal where he enrolled in the Jazz Performance program at McGill University. Karl honed his technique with the guidance of his teacher Chris McCann and clocked hundreds of hours of playing experience with fellow students as well as some of Montreal's top jazz artists (Michel Donato, François Bourassa, Christine Jensen, Joel Miller, Karen Young and Daniel Thouin to name a few). In 1998 Karl completed his Bachelor of Music degree (graduating with High Distinction) and the following year Karl moved to New York with financial aid from the Quebec and Canada Arts Councils. In addition to lessons with Tom Rainey, Karl enjoyed an intense musical period of his life taking in as many sights and sounds as possible in New York and playing sessions almost daily with other keen jazz musicians from around the world. It was a period that saw Karl perform with several of his musical idols such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, David Binney, Kevin Hays, Mark TurnerSeamus Blake and Ben Monder. Although his love of the New York jazz scene was strong, his love of the french woman he met just before moving to NY proved to be stronger and Karl moved to Paris in 2000. He has since become one of the most in-demand drummers in France. Today Karl performs regularly with a dozen bands, teaches private lessons, gives masterclasses, composes music and enjoys family time with his wife Cécile and their daughter Iris.

 

THE COMPOSER

 

In addition to being a versatile drummer, Karl completes his musical identity through his songwriting. He has released five CDs entirely comprised of his own original music: Liberating Vines, Thinking in Colours, Streaming, The Halfway Tree and Midseason. His songs can also be heard on recordings by Michel Donato, Sophie Alour and Thomas Savy as well as with groups Karl has co-led: SynapseParis Jazz Underground and The Watershed. Since 2008 Karl has enjoyed collaborating with the very talented Canadian singer/songwriter Sienna Dahlen. Her voice is featured on Karl's last three recordings (which also show off his lyric-writing abilities). Karl's songs have been praised by critics and have garnered him several awards including an Opus Award for his debut recording; an Etoile Galaxie prize for his composition "House of 100 Faces" at the Montreal Jazz Festival; two-time runner-up at the International Songwriting Competition and a SACEM grant and a CHOC rating from Jazz Magazine for his CD The Halfway Tree. Since his first song written for his McGill University composition class in 1996 Karl has since written over a hundred songs and has put lyrics to over twenty-five of them. 

 

plus d'infos (en français) : Wikipedia

 

WHAT THEY SAID...

 

My apologies to those of you who don't speak french… One day I'll get around to translating these quotes into english...

 

"Une musique étrangement familière, aux accents de pop et de jazz intelligemment métissés"
Sophie Chambon, Dernières Nouvelles du Jazz, 2 mai, 2012 (The Halfway Tree)

"Batteur incontournable…compositeur inspiré…disque poétique"
Renaud Czarnes, Les Echos, 8 juin, 2012 (The Halfway Tree)

"Une sorte de cantate moderne autour de textes originaux pour célébrer une union musicale quasi-parfaite entre voix humaine et voix instrumentales… envoûtante et fascinante sur des mélodies dont la beauté n'a d'égale que la simplicité. Du grand art assurément. Inclassable et, en cela indispensable!"
Thierry Giard, Culture Jazz, 28 mai, 2012 (The Halfway Tree)

"Compositeur remarquable" CHOC
Guy Darol, Jazzman / Jazz Magazine, May 2012 (The Halfway Tree)

"un disque atypique dont la musique vibre comme le frisson d'un peuplier caressé par une brise plus violente qu'il n'y paraît. La retenue dans un méchanisme huilé pour le désordre."
Didier Varrod, France Inter "Encore un Matin", 26 juin, 2012 (The Halfway Tree)

"Une perle...La chanson telle qu'on en rêve" 4 étoiles
Eric Quenot, Jazz Magazine, mai 2010 (Streaming)

"Pas complètement jazz, mais avec les instruments du genre, pas complètement pop, mais avec une chanteuse qui en a le phrasé, la musique de Jannuska… n'a pas vraiment d'équivalent. Belle et subtile"
Sylvain Siclier, Le Monde 23 juillet, 2010 (Streaming)

"Ce disque a un charme indéfinissable….la musique qui colle à son image : finesse, élégance, énergie maîtrisée… Un très beau disque"
Thierry Giard, Culture Jazz, mai 2010 (Streaming)

"Une sorte de petit bijou, miniature délicate, intimiste... Ce n'est pas un disque de batteur...même si cela groove en permanence… (ce disque a) la fraîcheur d'une musique désirante, ouverte au monde actuel. Entre réflexion, lucidité et croyance."
Sophie Chambon, Les Dernières Nouvelles du Jazz, 20 mai, 2010 (Streaming)

"Le Canadien Karl Jannuska est l’un des plus formidables batteurs qui se puissant entendre sur la place de Paris. Polyvalent, omniprésent dans les clubs, discret, constamment au service de la musique, et ne manquant pourtant jamais une occasion d’avancer des propositions bien à lui et de participer au renouvellement du langage rythmique contemporain"
Franck Bergerot, Jazz Magazine, septembre 2008 (Thinking in Colours)

"(Sa) musique lui ressemble. Du jazz luxuriant, qui bouillonne tranquillement, passant joyeusement d’un ton à l’autre. De la bonne humeur de haute tenue." 
Bruno Pfeiffer, Open Mag, septembre 2008 (Thinking in Colours)

"Batteur unique en son (excellent) genre s’avère un remarquable compositeur… (Sa musique) regorge d’idées, d’ambiances et, aussi, d’humour."
Renaud Czarnes, Jazzman magazine, octobre 2008 (Thinking in Colours)

"En dehors de toute démonstration technique ou de style...une musicalité belle et personnelle."
Jerome Gransac, Les dernières nouvelles du jazz, octobre 2008 (chronique deThinking in Colours)

"Ce batteur canadien est l’une des meilleures choses qui soient arrivées à la scène des clubs parisiens ces dernières années… ses compositions inclassables ne s’y rattachent par aucun stéréotype"
Franck Bergerot, Jazzman magazine, déc. 2004 (Liberating Vines)

"Un coup de maître… la sophistication ne vient jamais empêcher la musique d’être extraordinairement vivante et chaleureuse"
Nicolas Brémaud, Le Monde de la Musique, déc. 2004 (Liberating Vines)

"Un jeu d’une subtilité extrême, une imagination débordante, une technique sans faille, une écoute exacerbée des autres musiciens en font un batteur d’exception, comme j’en ai rarement vu."
Olivier Masson, Central Jazz, oct. 2004

 
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Midseason

Karl Jannuska's fifth CD as a leader entirely comprised of his original music and lyrics.

Sienna Dahlen (voice); Denzal Sinclaire (voice); Tony Paeleman (piano, keyboards); Pierre Perchaud (guitars); Julien Herné (electric bass); Karl Jannuska (drums, percussion) with Sonia Cat Berro (additional vocals); Andrew Downing (cello)

Mixed by Tony Paeleman & mastered by Nate Wood

To listen to more or to purchase click here: BANDCAMP.  

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The Watershed

Debut CD "Inhale/Exhale"

Christophe Panzani (tenor sax, bass clarinet) Tony Paeleman (piano, keyboards) and Pierre Perchaud (guitars) Karl Jannuska (drums, percussion)

More info here: THE WATERSHED

To listen to / purchase, follow this link: BANDCAMP 

 

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