Thierry Eliez

Dood Music / Turkhoise

Thierry Eliez

Born in Arcachon, Thierry Eliez has been fascinated by music since his youngest age. Starting by transferring melodies on his toy piano, he begins a regular practice of the instrument by the age of 4. Since then, with his fingers hung to the keys, Thierry has developed his own language through improvisation, composition, switching from hammond organ to piano. He writes his first pieces, based on free improvisation, and starts composing at 7 years old.  Alternating pieces for piano and instrumental suites influenced by prog music, the young prodigy cannot conceive anymore songs without a part of free improvisation.  At 12, Thierry is already considered as a brilliant player and improviser. The young musician creates various jazz formations at 17 years old, before being noticed by the violonist Didier Lockwood. They record the album “1234”, and on tour, Thierry Eliez shares the stage with André Ceccarelli and Jean Marc Jafet. They will then decide to join up and create the “Ceccarelli Trio”.  The 3 musicians record three major albums in the history of french jazz:  “Dansez sur moi” featuring Claude Nougaro and Toots Thielemans, and also “3 around the 4”, a tribute to the Beatles. They win the “Victoires de la musique” in 1992, for the “best jazz album” and the Golden Django price with “Hat snatcher”. Thierry Eliez becomes one of the most important icon in the french jazz scene and collaborates with various international artists, particularly Dee Dee Bridgewater, with whom he worked as an artistic director and pianist.

Photo by Gilles Vautier

They record 4 albums and play on the most prestigious scenes in the world, from the Carnegie Hall in New York, to the Blue Note in Tokyo. His international career was marked by other several encounters and collaborations with various musicians, such as Horace Silver, Jaco Pastorius, Jimmy Smith, Aretha Franklin, David Sanchez, James Moody, Ron Carter,  and the composers Michel Legrand, Eric Serra et Lalo Schifrin. Composer, arranger, musical director, interpreter or improviser, he takes part in numerous projects in different musical styles : jazz, classical and contemporary music, movie soundtracks, traditional music and progressive rock. Thierry Eliez is driven by an insatiable creativity, a boundless energy, and a growing desire of sharing and transmission. By the course of 2016, Thierry Eliez develops an acoustic tribute to the music composed by Keith Emerson, called “Keith Enigma”. In the beginning of 2017, he collaborates with the singer Ceilin Poggi to record the initiatory and soothing CD book, “ Berceuses et Balladines Jazz”, adapting jazz standards as lullabies for the youngest ones (Didier Jeunesse / Pias ). The pianist announces, in the same time, the release of a new album “Improse”, as his first pianisitc solo album (November 10, Dood / L’autre Distribution ). This project links up the full jazz improvisation and French Music Spirit of Messian, Debussy, Ravel, Satie. This improvised and surrealist dialog with the piano, becomes, on stage, a thrilling conversation with the mythic André Ceccarelli on drums, and the young and inspired Ivan Gélugne ( Emile Parisien quartet, NDRL) on upright bass. With around 50 albums, near of 3000 concerts worldwide, and although his natural low profile, more than half a million views on social networks, Thierry Eliez is known as the french impressionist of Jazz Improvisation. by thierryeliez.com