Super Flumina Babylonis

by Louis Matute & La Sestina

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Salve Regina 10:49
El Judici 06:48
Riu Riu Chiu 08:36


"This original creation designed especially for La Bâtie is above all the story of an encounter: an artistic encounter, first of all, between the jazz quartet led by Geneva guitarist Louis Matute and the vocal ensemble La Sestina, composed of eight singers and directed by Adriano Giardina; and a musical encounter, with a fusion of genres and periods, contemporary jazz and sacred music, polyphony and instrumental, the 2000s and the Renaissance. Desacralizing the liturgical aspect of 16th century songs to turn them into a message of peace and hope that is accessible to all, this is essentially the ambition of this unusual combo. To revive this heritage of the past and give it new resonance, the musicians deconstruct it and combine it with modern jazz harmonies. All that’s left is for the audience to let themselves slide along the banks of the rivers of Babylon."


released May 9, 2022

Louis Matute - electric guitar, composition
Léon Phal - tenor saxophone
Virgile Rosselet - double bass
Nathan Vandenbulcke - drums

La Sestina
Adriano Giardina - direction
Isaline Dupraz, Florence Grasset, Jedediah Allen, Roland Faust, Josquin Gest, Benjamin Ingrao, Daniel Issa, Francesca Puddu

Coproduction: L’Abri – Genève, Festival de la Bâtie

Recorded live at Le Manège d'Onex - Geneva on September 8. 2021

Mixed and mastered by Antoine Estoppey at Blend Studio.


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Louis Matute Geneva, Switzerland

Louis Matute is one of those young musicians who has an appetite and envy overflowing with energy. Student of Wolfgang Muthspiel and Lionel Loueke, he leads since his twenty years his quartet through the Swiss jazz scenes taking avantage of his experiences and his meetings to feed his musical universe. ... more

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