Born of a Guadelupian father and mother from Martinique, Ralph Lavital grew up in the 13th district of Paris, surrounded with musicians. His father, one time Parisian record dealer specialized in the music of the Antilles, is a singer and a guitarist; his brother is a pianist and her sister singer. Very young, Ralph follows the same way, at first in the piano before concerning definitively to the guitar.
After ten years of studies to the academy of the 13th district, he crosses a Bachelor of musicology in the Sorbonne. At the same time he attends Eric Schultz’s class to the academy of Ivry, what is worth him a real revelation in jazz. Under his advice, he joins the EDIM where he meets Laurent Coq, his professor of composition and picks up a DEM.
Ralph is 12 years old when he gives his first concerts in bars and small restaurants of the district. He plays the West Indian traditional directory the side of his father to whom he pays tribute on Big We and Blind, two compositions which appear in Carnival.
Later, he is next to major figures of West Indian music; Tanya Saint-Val, Jocelyne Beroard, Jean-Claude Naimro, Jacob Desvarieux, Tony Chasseur or still Thierry Vaton.
Without ever breaking the links which he weaved with this family, he turns to the new scene jazz Parisian. These last years, we were able to hear him beside Gregory Privat, Anthony Jambon, Romain Cuoq, Cyrille Aimée, Sonny Troupé or Arnaud Dolmen. by ralphlavital.com