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Jean-Luc Thomas & Gaby Kerdoncuff

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Référence HIR-011975

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Welcome to Kerlaveo!
Kerlaveo in Breton means Home of the audacious. “Audacious” applies to those who devote themselves to difficult tasks, artists unhindered by obstacles or dangers.
It also applies to whatever is new, daring and challenging to the established order.
Thus, the Home of the audacious is our territory where creation of possibilities is newly-born spontaneously without fear of being misunderstood or unaccepted.
Kerlaveo, born in 2014 from a musical and humane affinity, is an instrumental group which experiments on the boundaries of musical styles. A Breton “jongo”, a Celtic “march”, a Venezuelan “chorinho”, a Bulgarian “modinha” — everything is possible in this musical world where frontiers are simple references, never limits.
All these pieces have been composed by the group’s members. This album is recorded live to fully transmit the atmosphere and energy of a concert.


Jean-Luc Thomas, Breton flautist with strong Celtic and African influences and numerous collaborations;
Vitor Lopes, harmonica player, bewitched by the Brazilian “chorinho” and its endless associations;
Toninho Carrasqueira, flautist who moves like a dancer across different forms of music from classical to improvisation;
Carlinhos Antunes, a global social adventurer, who vibrates the strings of Africa and Latin America;
Gabriel Levy, maestro of accordion and piano, master of oriental languages and eastern European culture;
Rui Barossi, double-bass player, lover of world music and its reinventions;
Pedro Ito, who plays drums and percussions of the world with a rare sensitivity.


1 – Espero (Pedro Ito) • 6’32
2 – Kerlaveo (Vitor Lopes) • 5’07
3 – O sorriso de Yorick (Rui Barossi) • 6’44
4 – Bamako’s plinn (Jean-Luc Thomas) • 6’54
5 – Modinha (Gabriel Levy) • 5’44
6 – Carrossel voador (Vitor Lopes) • 4’59
7 – Baião de cinco (Gabriel Levy) • 6’29
8 – Entortango (Carlinhos Antunes) • 4’18
9 – Garoto em Caracas (Carlinhos Antunes) • 4’22
10 – Chiquinha (Vitor Lopes) • 3’53 

Produced by Kerlaveo and Hirustica.
Recorded live and aditional recordings in March 2015 in the studio Apodi 185 by Gustavo do Valle and Beto Mendonça, mixed by Beto Mendonça.
and at Kerlavéo by Jean-Luc Thomas.
Chiquinha recorded and mixed at Studio Sala Viva, Espaço Cachuera, by Carlos Akamine.
Mastered by Homero Lotito at Reference Mastering Studio.

4 reviews for KERLAVEO

  1. Tony Hiller / world Jazz

    “Kerlaveo is bold in approach but subtle in execution, with the MD’s arrangements creating admirable nuances in 10 original pieces written by himself and members of his accoustic ensemble. Stunning starter Espero features funky flute and wheezy harmonica but leaves space for a dazzling double bass solo, while the following title track builds on the back of flute, South American cuatro guitar and percussion to reach a thrilling climax. Combining a quirky rhythm with worldless vocals, ngoni lute and flute, Bamako’s Plinn morphs into Breton folk rock after its West African start. Balao de cinco hits a rock _ like groove via driving cuatro, percussion and frenetic flute…”
    in The Week End Australian Revue, janvier 2019

  2. Charlotte Algar

    “Kerlaveo – meaning “home of the audacious” in Breton – is sensitively constructed. The different influences from Celtic folk melodies to Eastern European culture, feel authentic and are brought together in a way that doesn’t feel mushy or derivative. Some slower tracks, ‘Espero’, ‘Modinha’ and ‘Caroussel Voador” particularly stand out. The music glides effortlessly throught snapshots of choro, jazz and Celtic Folk, not a sore thumb in sight, and the band really come into their own with the musical personality of each player gently vying for the listener’s attention, to brilliant effect.”
    in Songlines, Track to Try, février 2019

  3. Fred Delforge, in ZicaZIc.com, décembre 2018

    “C’est dans une recherche harmonique permanente et totale que le collectif de musiciens va inventer un nouveau langage qui se veut intemporel et universel, une nouvelle manière de s’exprimer non pas avec des mots mais avec des notes pour créer diverses émotions que l’on ressentira naturellement à l’écoute de titres comme “Espero”, “O sorriso de Yorick” ou encore “Garoto Em Caracas”, des titres qui jouent avec autant de talent autour des notes qu’autour des altérations. Les mélomanes auraient tort de s’en priver.”
    article à lire en intégralité ici

  4. Stéphane Fougères in Ryhtmes Croisés Webzine

    “Ce qui caractérise toute la famille Kerlaveo, c’est cette soif de liberté et cette propension à l’enthousiasme qu’elle exprime dans sa musique, mêlant les repères stylistiques pour mieux vagabonder au delà, et faisant montre de très bonnes dispositions pour un jeu nourri d’effluves, de respirations et de couleurs jazz ,un jazz aux épices ethniques dans lequel chaque musicien trouve la place de s’exprimer en solo tout en générant une musique de groupe aux combinaisons multiples et bigarrées”. article a lire en intégralité ici

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