Manuel Hermia

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Manuel Hermia (born November 9, 1967 in Rocourt ( Liège )) is a Belgian jazz musician ( alto , soprano, tenor saxophone , bansuri , composition ) who is also engaged in improvisation and world music .


Hermia studied at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels . Since 1996 he has been making albums under his own name. His versatility is evident in the variety of his projects: In his quintet with Jean-Paul Estiévenart, he explores the playing stance of hard bop in the 1950s and 1960s. His quartet (with Erik Vermeulen at the piano) takes up the achievements of free jazz by John Coltrane and leads to a fusion of jazz with Indian raga in the album L'Esprit du Val . In slang , with electric bassist François Garny and percussionist Michel Seba, he turns to electrified world music (most recently Pace of Mind with the Indian sitar player Purbayan Chatterjee). On the album Le Murmure de l'Orient , a series of bansuri duos accompanied by Majid Bekkas ( Gimbri , Oud ), Guo Gan ( Erhu ), Purbayan Chatterjee (Sitar), Khalid Kouhen ( Daf ) and Asad Qizilbash ( Sarod ) deals with the music of meditation. His project Jazz for Kids with the pianist Pascal Mohy and the bassist Sam Gerstmans is based on nursery rhymes to introduce children to jazz. This “creative approach to music on the basis of improvisation” represents a great discovery in “an increasingly modeled world”.

For Rajazz , his fusion of raga and jazz, Hermia developed a musicological theory. He also works in a trio with Sylvain Darrifourcq and Valentin Ceccaldi . In his projects he has also worked with Jean-Louis Rassinfosse , Bruno Castellucci , Gino Latucca, Pierre Van Dormael , Sal La Rocca , Daniel Romeo, Nicolas Acht , Frédéric Malempré, Didier Laloy, Mamady Keïta , Kari Ikonen , Dobet Gnahoré , Manou Gallo, Fred Wesley , Zap Mama , Khadja Nin , Salvatore Adamo and Dick Annegarn worked together.

Since 2014 he has been professor of saxophone at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. He is also the Vice-President of the Fédération des Jeunesses Musicales Wallonie-Bruxelles .

Prizes and awards

In 2005 Hermia received the Octave de la musique in the Jazz category with the group Slang . For the album Long Tales & Short Stories , which he recorded with his trio, he was again awarded the Octave de la musique in the jazz category in 2011 . In 2017 he was honored with the Prix ​​Sabam Jazz .

Discographic notes

  • Jazz for Kids (Kids Avatars, 2016)
  • Hermia / Ceccaldi / Darrifourcq: God at the Casino (Babel Label, 2015)
  • Manuel Hermia Trio: Austerity… and What About Rage? (Igloo Records, 2015)
  • Slang & Purbayan Chatterjee: Pace Of Mind (Its On The Way, 2015)
  • Le Murmure de l'Orient , Vol. II (Igloo Records, 2012)
  • Long Tales and Short Stories (Igloo Records, 2010)
  • Rajazz (Igloo Records, 2006)
  • Le Murmure de l'Orient , Vol. I (Igloo Records, 2005)
  • L'Esprit du Val (Igloo Records, 1999)
  • Fred Wilbaux, Manuel Hermia & Nicolas Thys : Chronaxie (Igloo Records, 1996)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Jean-Claude Vantroyen: God at the casino. (No longer available online.) In: Le Soir . September 5, 2017, formerly in the original ; accessed on May 26, 2018 .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archives ) @1@ 2Template: Toter Link /
  2. Manuel Hermia: Rajazz. In: Website Manuel Hermia. Retrieved May 26, 2018 .
  3. Les lauréats 2005. (No longer available online.) In: Les Octaves de la Musique. 2005, archived from the original on February 6, 2016 ; Retrieved July 10, 2008 .
  4. Les lauréats 2011. (No longer available online.) In: Les Octaves de la Musique. Archived from the original on February 6, 2016 ; Retrieved July 10, 2008 .
  5. Les Sabam Jazz Awards 2017 sont attribués à Manu Hermia et Felix Zurstrassen. In: Sabam scrl. Société belge des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs, September 5, 2017, accessed on July 10, 2008 .