Léon Francioli

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Léon Francioli (2016)

Léon Francioli (born May 22, 1946 in Lausanne , † March 9, 2016 in Lausanne) was a Swiss creative jazz musician ( double bass , also guitar, cello and piano) and composer of film and theater music.


Francioli first studied piano and then double bass at the Lausanne Conservatory. First he was a member of the rock band Les Aiglons , then he accompanied singers such as Dalida and Michel Bühler . From 1970 he worked in the Swiss jazz scene; on Nolilanga , his first album under his own name, he brought together Alan Skidmore , Pierre Cullaz and Pierre Favre . In 1972 he presented his quartet with Eje Thelin , Jouck Minor and Favre at the Montreux Jazz Festival ; a recording was released on the Evasion Disques label. In the same year he became internationally known in the group of Michel Portal (with Favre, Beb Guérin and Bernard Vitet , later Bernard Lubat ), with whom he performed at the Châteauvallon Festival in 1972 and 1976 and at the NDR Jazz Workshop in 1974 . With Favre and George Gruntz he took part in the 1979 performance of Rolf Liebermann's Concerto for Jazzband in Zurich .

In 1979 he wrote the score for the feature film Kleine Fluchten . He performed at the Willisau Jazz Festival in 1980 with Don Cherry , John Tchicai , Irène Schweizer and Favre . In 1981 he founded the Sunnymoon group with Werner Lüdi , Stephan Wittwer and Fredy Studer . He also worked on albums by Favre, Michel Portal and Radu Malfatti for HatHut Records around 1980 . With Favre he also played in a trio with trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff ( Triple Entente , 1982). Despite crossing boundaries, "warm and communicative, his game is largely based on a dialogue with his partners."

From 1981 to 1991 he was a member of the BBFC improvisation quartet with Jean-François Bovard , Daniel Bourquin and Olivier Clerc , which performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival and other festivals and recorded several albums for Plainisphare . With Bovard he formed the Francioli Bovard Orchestra ( Music on Plainisphare) in 1984 and played in the sextet of the pianist François Lindemann . In 1985 he belonged to the trio of pianist Alex Theus . In the early 1990s, Francioli worked with Joe McPhee ( Linear B ) and Mario Schiano ( And So On ). In 2007 he performed with Alex Theus and Daniel Bourquin at the Schaffhausen Jazz Festival . He toured with Bourquin and released the albums Border Line / La Passion (with Pascal Auberson ) and Journal Intime Vol.1 Musique Ancienne .

Francioli also composed music for dance performances. Most recently he recorded several albums with singer Stéphane Blok . He died of complications from cancer.



Individual evidence

  1. a b Obituary
  2. ^ A b Lausanne jazz musician Léon Francioli has died . Aargauer Zeitung
  3. The sound engineer was Stephan Sulke , whom he later accompanied on his first record.
  4. George Gruntz : Born as a white negro. A life for jazz. Corvus Verlag, Berneck 2002
  5. It was not until 2016 that the recording was released on CD Musical Monsters by Intakt Records .
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