If you take care of the music …

September 12, 2021 by archyde

If you take care of the music …

The pianist Florian Pellissier, by Franck Delasoul FLORIAN PELLISSIER

Lhe meeting had become traditional. With each new release, I found the pianist Florian Pellissier for an extended meeting. A “therapeutic” meeting, he will admit to me one day. “I like to muddy the waters so much that I myself often lose track. “

At the head of a quintet composed of Yoann Loustalot (trumpet), Christophe Panzani (saxophone), Yoni Zelnik (double bass) and David Georgelet (drums), the musician has embarked on a new project, entitled The Deal, with many new Yoann Loustalot, Théo Girard (double bass) and Malick Koly (drums).

Passionate and cheeky, Florian has an undeniable talent for telling stories. These discussions with broken sticks are for the chronicler the unexpected opportunity to plunge in the pangs and the pleasures of the life of musician.

Once again, we find ourselves near the Montparnasse station. The name of the place – the Miramar hotel – and the cathode ray screen that hangs out at the back of the bar give the meeting a Cuban touch. Everything is perfect ! It is the month of July. The beers and the blue sky are out. The pandemic seems far away. World of the past atmosphere.

And here is my interlocutor who tells me straight away the disappearance of his mother and his brother. I’m breaking down. “You know you just got me in trouble. »Attempt to defuse. “How am I going to be able to tell all this?” “It doesn’t all come out of nowhere,” he argues. At one point, you have to have the ins and outs. “

But let’s not go too fast. “When was the last time we saw each other?” Two years ago ? “Three,” he corrects. In the meantime, there has been containment. “Indeed, when we had parted at the beginning of summer 2018, he was preparing to accompany respectively with his groups Cotonete and Setenta two forgotten legends, the first of Brazilian funk in the person of Di Melo, the second of Latin soul, Mister Joe Bataan. The icing on the cake, he was soon going to mix the future album of Iggy Pop in which he had just participated. For Florian, the future looked bright.

If you take care of the music …

If you take care of the music …

Florian Pellissier Quintet, by Franck Delasoul FLORIAN PELLISSIER

At the start of the school year, the news falls. The boss of the label, Franck Descollonges, stops working with the quintet. “It was a very difficult time for me,” he confesses. ” I wish to believe. Heavenly Sweetness was a bit like family, right? ” ” Completely. Moreover, we continue to work together on the albums of Guts or Anthony Joseph. It’s just the story with the quintet that’s over. You know, working with Heavenly saved my life… ”“ Really? “

Music that heals

“Do you remember that in 2012, I repaired the label on a Zimbabwean quartet?” Following that, Franck gives me an appointment. He wants to listen to everything I’ve done. He ends up signing the quintet. We leave Blue Deer in 2014. In January, I received a call from Franck who gave me a certain Guts, beatmaker, former Alliance Ethnik. Are you free to come and do the keyboards in February? It was to record Hip-hop After All which will be a hit. Shortly after, I lose my mom. “

“On March 6, 2014, the day my mother disappeared, we were loading the instruments into the car with Virgile Rafaelli [bassiste de Setenta] and Julien Lebrun [patron du label Hot Casa] because we played in the evening in Geneva with Setenta. The police arrive… I join them later and make the concert in a state not possible. “

“What happened that day is a miracle. The most important person in my life was gone… I had never had so much pain in my life… And I find myself on stage at night with the guys. First song, I don’t remember anymore, Funky Tumbao may be. I just remember the drummer’s count: 3, 4. Something amazing happens then. Everything opens up. You settle on the rhythm and the music occupies all the space of your brain. I play the song for five minutes. While I was dying, I saw again. “

“I didn’t know that music could save your life”

“The song stops, the audience applauds. It falls back. I take the 16 tons in the face. Rebelote with each song. It was as if I was given a breath of fresh air with every song. I didn’t know the music was healing. I didn’t know she could save your life. I didn’t know it could be so magical. The luck that I had, it is to have had a concert precisely that evening. Something mystical happened there. “

A key meeting

“My brother is getting seriously ill. I spend the summer in the hospital. Meanwhile, Guts reminds me: I am putting together the live band for the tour which starts in the fall. We eat lunch. I tell him: You know, when we met in February, everything was fine. Since then my life has changed. My brother is leaving… I’m going to rehearse, I’m ready to do the tour, but I’d rather warn you: I don’t know how I’m going to react. With that, I tell him the story of my mother. “

“We had only met once at the studio and here is the guy who tells me : Flo, don’t worry. No problem for me. You found someone to talk to cause I’ve been through the same story. This is the story of the meeting. We start rehearsals. After two days, my brother leaves. Four days after the funeral, I find myself in London at the Jazz Café. Amsterdam, Germany, it was gone for 160 dates all over Europe. “

Music, this divinity

“My life at that time was: teacher at the conservatory; I had my Brazilian girlfriend whom I had met a year earlier; I was in a theater company; besides that, I was developing my groups. After this double blow of the hammer, my world changes completely. I stop the troupe and the conservatory. For the first time in my life, I had the opportunity to be a full-time musician, to have the life I had always dreamed of. Since then, I have never stopped. “

“Music took care of me”

“It’s like the music has taken me by the hand. Roy Hargrove said: If you take care of the music, the music will take care of you. If you take care of the music, the music will take care of you. Music took care of me. I realized that music was a god to be respected. “

“One day, the person who helps my father with his household who is very Catholic and very religious said to me: You are not baptized. You are not a believer. I answered him: I am a musician: I am necessarily a believer! I spend my time composing, writing things that you can’t see. I am dedicating my life to something that does not exist. How could I be anything other than a believer! ? “

A few weeks after the news about his label, the pianist arrives at the famous Van Gelder studio which made the legend of Blue Note. Obviously, nothing will go as planned … (To be continued)

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Concert: Florian Pellissier Quintet on September 15 and 16, 2021 at the Duc des Lombards (Paris)

Album: Florian Pellissier Quintet – «Rio» (Hot Casa Records)

Album : Le Deal – « Jazz Traficantes » (Favorite Recordings)

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my