Romain Labaye (bass)
Romain is a French bass player, born in Rouen, Normandy, living in Paris.
He is a total self-taught musician. He started by playing the drums at the age of 2, and finally entered a local music school in Rouen at 6 to learn the basics. He studied drums/percussions with french percussionist Jean-Marc Quillet, who gave him many advices to improve his playing and the ear but never really taught how to play the drums. He also made him discover jazz, and introduced him to some great musicians like Michel Portal, Ramon Lopez, Laurent Dehors…
At 11, Romain started to play with some local musicians in Normandy as french saxophonist Laurent Dehors or pianist Pierre Gaudin.
Romain started playing the bass at the age of 14 after he heard Weather Report’s tunes Birdland and Nubian Sundance. Very impressed, he became totally devoted to this music and especially devoted to Jaco Pastorius, which he learned a lot from, just by listening to him and trying to do his best to sound good.
Romain is also a great connoisseur of Joe Zawinul’s music, which he loves to play on keyboards.
From then, bass became his main instrument, and his influences are not only Jaco. Linley Marthe, Alphonso Johnson, Marcus Miller, Sting, Paul McCartney, Neil Jason, Stanley Clarke, and Paul Jackson influenced his style.
At this time, music became the most important thing in his life more than anything else and he decided to make it his profession. The music of Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Brecker Brothers, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Chick Corea, The Police, Michael Jackson and The Beatles has deeply influenced him too.
In 2011, he moved to Paris to enter the famous Conservatoire National Supe´rieur de Musique de Paris, and he attended courses from Riccardo Del Fra, Glenn Ferris, Herve´ Sellin…
He left after one year to go on his own and started playing with some of the famous names of the Parisian Jazz Scene and toured a lot in Europe, North Africa and Asia.
He is, since 2013, the main bass player in Nguyên Lê’s bands
“Songs Of Freedom”, “Celebrating Jimi Hendrix” and the most recent project is “Celebrating the Dark Side of the Moon”.
Through the years, Romain has performed with Nguyên Lê (F), Mario Canonge (F), Rocco Zifarelli (It), Francis Lassus (F), Paco Séry (F), Grégory Privat (F), Karim Ziad (Alg), Chander Sardjoe (NL), Gergo Borlai (Hun), Nicolas Viccaro (F), Alain Debiossat (F), Linley Marthe (Mauritius), Céline Bonacina (F), Stéphane Guillaume (F), Marc Ducret (F), Laurent Dehors (F), Philippe Sellam (F), Guillaume Orti (F), Stéphane Galland (B), Jerry Le´onide (Mauritius), Yoann Schmidt(F), Archibald Ligonnière (F), Benjamin Petit (F), Christophe Cravéro (F), Damien Schmitt (F), François Faure (F), Daniel Zimmermann (F), Illya Amar (F), Himiko Paganotti (F), Romain Berguin (F), Fred Lopez (F), Fred Dupont (F), Francis Arnaud (F) Francois Constantin (F), Hervé Samb (F), Sylvain Gontard (F), Francesco Bearzatti (It), Federico Malaman (It), Vincent Bidal (F), Stéphane Huchard (F) Julian Getreau (F), Joon Switon (F), Jo Champ (F), Gabriel Gosse (F), Alex Roudaut (F), Martin Lefebvre (F), Omar El Barkaoui (F), Stéphane Edouard (F), Prabhu Edouard (F), Julia Sarr (S), Ousman Danedjo (F), Pierre Gaudin (F), Laurent Dehors (F), Tung Duong (Vietnam), Michel Fugain (F), Thierry Maillard (F), Dean Brown (US), Marvin «Smitty» Smith (US), Nina Attal (F) Scott Henderson (US)
ARCHIBALD LIGONNIERE (drums)
Archibald Ligonnière was born on September 19th 1992. Already in the summer of 1993, his passion for drumming was revealed. As he grew up, he inherited his family’s drum set, and standing upright and barely reaching the Hi-Hat, he started to sing and play drums at the same time. This went on until he started playing with his father who played keyboards, in 1997. It’s in 2004, at the age of 12, that he went for the first time in the famous Parisian Jazz Club «Le Baiser Salé». He met Eric Serra (GoldenEye, The Big Blue). Nowadays he is one of the regular «members» of this place!
In September 2006, Archibald moved to Paris. It’s there that he met and played with musicians like Hadrien Féraud (John McLaughlin, Chick Corea), Damien Schmitt (Alain Caron), Eric Serra, Gildas Boclé (Gary Burton, Michael Brecker), Nelson Veras, Jim Grandcamp, Stefan Filey, Michael League (Snarky Puppy)...
In 2010, he incorporates the band of Gildas & Jean-Baptiste Boclé «Keltic Tales», with this band, they recorded at ONE SHOT NOT, a TV show introduced by Manu Katché on Arte. In 2011, he incorporates a blues band calls Big Dez, who he’s been playing with in lot of clubs & festivals in France, Spain and Holland.
In 2014, during trips in L.A. Archibald met & played with great musicians including Scott Kinsey, Dave Siegel, Gary Novak...