(Jazzdor co-production)

Ève RISSER (Piano)
Yuko OSHIMA (Drums)

Journal Intime + Donkey Monkey is the reunion of two strong musical identities, the meeting of five free spirited minds determined to put their creativity, curiosity and humor to a completely new original sound object.
Writing involving each member of the band will leave a large space to intense improvisations, leading to new soundscapes through which the wild breath of Journal Intime’s brass instruments and Donkey Monkey’s vocal incantations will blend together in the most creative ways. This resolutely contemporary project will burst forth a subversive sense of jazz, diverting it’s traditional codes with a playful and communicative energy, leading to unpredictable trances, minimalist grooves, Japanese rock and some fiery boogie-woogie. This musical particle accelerator will create a baffling recital of kaleidoscopic musical proportions.

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Two very independent and creative spirits come together in this duo of French pianist Eve Risser and Japanese drummer Yuko Oshima. The Donkey Monkey is an unpredictable, mischief making creature that sometimes breaks into song and likes to subvert jazz convention, and its especially fond of stride piano grooves and big beats from the Japanese rock scene. Over the last six years, Risser and Oshima have developed an idiosyncratic style that suits their unusual piano/drums set up, recognised at the 2008 La Defense Competition, and this year sees them release a follow up to Ouature, their 2007 debut for Swedish independent label Umlaut.

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