Sandro Zerafa 4tet – More Light

  • 08/11/2017
  • 8pm
  • €25
  • National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

Sandro Zerafa – Guitar
Laurent Coq – Piano
Simon Tailleu – Bass
Lukmil Pérez Herrera – Drums

Sandro Zerafa, one of the most active guitarists on the Paris jazz scene and Malta’s renowned jazz export teams up with French pianist Laurent Coq, French doublebass player Simon Tailleu and Cuban drummer Lukmil Perez Herrera to present music from his critically lauded fourth album as a leader, “More Light”, released earlier this year on the French record label “Jazz&People” and distributed by Harmonia Mundi.

Sandro Zerafa, Malta’s renowned jazz export, teams up with French pianist Laurent Coq, French double-bass player Simon Tailleu and Cuban drummer Lukmil Pérez Herrera to present music from his critically lauded fourth album as a leader, “More Light”. This was released earlier this year on the French record label “Jazz&People” and distributed by Harmonia Mundi.

Sandro Zerafa is one of the most active guitarists on the Paris jazz scene. Graduate of the Lyons Conservatory he is winner of several awards at La Défense jazz contest and a founder member of the Parisian based jazz musicians’ collective and recording label – Paris Jazz Underground. He has recorded 3 award-winning albums as a leader and 15 albums as a sideman. He has performed and recorded with musicians as diverse as Chico Buarque, Manu Katché, Yonathan Avishai, Youn Sun Nah, Sergio Krakowski, André Ceccarelli, Stjepko Gut, amongst others. He has performed extensively in France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Brazil, S. Korea, Germany, Poland, Turkey, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, Morocco and the UK. He is artistic director of the Malta Jazz Festival since 2009.

Drummer and percussionist Lukmil Perez was born in La Habana, Cuba.  In 1999, he moved to Europe to take part in diverse projects.  After having performed and recorded with trumpet player Mario Morejon “El Indio”, he played regularly with diverse artists such as: Muriel Fowler (American soul-jazz singer), Sebastian Schunk (German pianist), Norberto Rodriguez (Cuban guitarist), and Julio Montalvo Colectivo (Cuban trombone player).

Currently established in France, Lukmil has greatly contributed to the international world music scene, with his experience in different styles such as rock, soul, hip-hop, funk, Latin jazz, salsa, ska, reggae, bossa nova and jazz.  He has acquired experience as drummer and percussionist in different groups such as:  Ernesto Tito Puentes big band (Latin jazz big band), Orlando Poleo (salsa group), Sergent Garcia (world music ska reggae), Olivier Manoury quartet (French jazz), Irving Acao quartet (Latin jazz).

He has performed regularly in the famous jazz clubs in Paris such as the Duc des Lombards (regularly in charge of hosting the ‘Duc des Lombards’ afterhours sessions, which aims to discover new talents in the Parisien jazz scene), Sunset/Sunside jazz club, Le Baiser Salé, Caveau de la Huchette, Caveau des Oubliettes, and has also played in famous concert halls: the Olympia, Zenith, Bercy, Cabaret Sauvage.  He has also participated in world music festivals such as : Jazz à Vienne, Jazz à Vannes, Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz sous les Pommiers, Trieste Jazz Fest’, North Sea Jazz Festival, Nice Jazz Festival, Jazz à Marciac, Barcelona Vol-Damm Jazz fest, and many more.

Lukmil is presently the drummer of the pianist Giovanni Mirabassi, who has released numerous albums within the last 10 years. The latest album featuring Lukmil Perez was recorded in Korea with a symphonic orchestra and was released in 2012.  He has given regular tours in European jazz festivals and jazz clubs throughout Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. Lukmil is also the current drummer of:

– Mélanie Dahan (France), who released her latest ablum ‘Latine’ in 2012 (featuring Lukmil Perez) This project tours regularly throughout Europe.
– Romain Collin (France) piano player based in the New York (USA) who tours regularly throughout Europe.  
– Alex Terrier (France) saxophone player based in New York (USA) who regularly tours throughout Europe.
– Mario Canonge (France) piano player, who tours regularly in Europe, Asia and South America.
– Ivan Melon Lewis (Spain) Cuban piano player, regular tours in Spain and album recordings
– Carlos Sardui (Spain) Cuban trumpet player, tours in Spain and album recordings

Lukmil also performs regularly with the Paris Jazz Big Band; Nice Jazz Big Band; bassists Felipe Cabrera, Daryl Hall and Gianluca Renzi; saxophone players Irving Acao and Baptiste Herbin; pianists Alain Jean-Marie, Leonardo Montana and Vincent Bidal; Brazilian singer Catia Werneck;  guitarist Norberto Rodriguez; and Minino Garay; Nicolas Folmer;  Julio Montalvo; Julito Padron; and Yosvanni Terri.

From his first stay in 1994 through the years he was a permanent New York resident in the early 2000s, French piano player and composer Laurent Coq has been conducting his musical activities on both sides of the Atlantic. He has kept a steady connection to the mecca of jazz while leading highly acclaimed projects in France.

His numerous albums earned him praise from the press as well as important awards such as the Prix Charles Cros for his live recording at the Duc des Lombards (Blowing Trio 2001) and the Prix du Disque Français 2005 for Spinnin’.

He has three co-leading albums with three major American saxophonists ; Crosswords – Mots Croisés with Sam Sadigursky, Rayuela with Miguel Zenón and The Lafayette Suite with Walter Smith III. Recently he has toured the world from Africa to the USA with his atypical trio Dialogue. In 2017, he is releasing two new albums: Kinship recorded with bass player Joshua Crumbly and drummer Johnathan Blake, and a solo album.

Laurent has written numerous scores for motion pictures, documentaries and theatre plays. He is an active teacher at EDIM and Pontault-Combault Conservatory and he often gives masterclasses while touring.

Malta’s renowned jazz export presents music from his fourth album, “More Light”.