Batterista & Compositore
NEW ALBUM: "First Steps"
Outside in Music — 2021
TONY ZAMBITO, Artistic director North West Jazz Festival
A follow up to The Philippe Lemm Trio 2018 Outside in Music Label debut “City Birds”, “First Steps” demonstrates the trio’s unique, dynamic voice that has developed after ten years of stellar creative output and consistent touring.
“First Steps” is centered around the bandleader’s background in dance. Lemm notes: “Before I played the drums I was a dancer, and in a way, I still feel like the drums are my expression of movement.” A reflection on the events of the past year, Lemm says “2020 felt like an uncertain choreography. We had to practice slow-dancing by ourselves and learn to maneuver without reference. It dictated its own movement and made us more aware of our fundamental need for one another and how much we desired our dance partners.”
Musically, “First Steps” draws inspiration from traditional folkloric dances and their rhythms while some songs take inspiration from reflections on life and the events of the past year.
The overall message is to “keep moving, keep flowing, be flexible.”
Philippe Lemm — drums
Sharik Hasan — pianist
Jeffrey Koch — double bass
about Philippe Lemm
BIOGRAPHY — “Winner of the International B-Jazz Competition and Winner of Best Solist Prize. The New York based Philippe Lemm Trio is continually proving to be one of the most exciting and electrifying jazz trio’s around today.
Adventurous compositions, energetic grooves and cinematic textures take the audience on a journey. Hearing the trio is a special and unforgettable experience, and you will be captivated after listening to one piece.”
The trio has performed on stages like: North Sea Jazz Festival (The Netherlands), Blue Note Note NYC (USA), Kennedy Center (USA), Ronnie Scott’s (UK), Pori Jazz Festival (Finland), Bimhuis (The Netherlands), Getxo Festival (Spain) and Blue Frog (India)