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François Moutin


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Francois Moutin was born in Paris. His early interest in music was encouraged by his parents. At age 5, Francois began studying guitar, then piano by age 11. The acoustic bass became his most lasting passion as a teenager. Also studying mathematics and physics, Francois received a college degree in engineering and earned a doctorate in physics at the age of 24. Then he elected to become a professional musician.

Three years later, as a member of the legendarey Martial Solal’s Trio, Francois was recognized as one of the finest young bass players in Europe. At 29, he began co-leading the Quintet Moutin with his twin brother Louis, a top echelon Jazz drummer. This project has evolved into the Moutin Reunion Quartet.

When he was still living in Paris, Francois worked non-stop with the greatest musicians of this age : Martial Solal, Michel Portal, Antoine Herve, Daniel Humair, André Ceccarelli, Eric Lelann, Jean-Michel Pilc, Christian Escoude. He has also performed with Peter Erskine, Randy Brecker, Niels Lan Doky, Mino Cinelu, Dave Liebman, John Abercrombie, Toots Thielemans, Didier Lockwood, Larry Schneider, Aldo Romano, James Moody, Terry Lyne Carrington, Richard Galliano, Bernard Lubat, Aaron Scott, George Brown, Sunny Murray, Michel Legrand, Archie Shepp, Claude Nougaro, Trilok Gurtu, Bob Berg, Birelli Lagrene, Wladimir Kosma, Marius Constant, Markus Stockhausen, L'ensemble Inter Contemporain. François has performed in every important European Jazz Festival, and he has toured in over 30 countries around the world.

In November 1997, he moved his base to New York where he has found steady work in live performance and studio sessions with the premier artists on the New York Jazz Scene. A partial list of their names reads like the yellow pages of Jazz : James Hurt, Ari Hoenig, Jean-Michel Pilc, Greg Tardy, Gene Jackson, Dave Binney, Rudy Mahanthappa, Vijay Iyer, Adam Rogers, David Gilmore, Ben Monder, Billy Drews, Jamie Haddad, Steve Hass, Franck Wess, Jimmy Heath, Monty Alexander, Benny Powell, Richie Beirach, Dave Liebman, Clarke Terry, Oliver Lake, Harry Belafonte, Odean Pope, Don Alias, Rick Margitza, Mike Stern… Francois has also recorded and performed with Arab Music star Simon Shaheen. He is a familiar presence on the stages of such establishments as Sweet Basil, Birdland, Blue Note, Knitting Factory, Zinc Bar, Cornelia Street Café, Jazz Gallery, Tonic, Smoke, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, New York Symphony Space. François has also appeared at major Jazz Festivals around the coutry like Newport JVC, Bell Atlantic, Monterey, Kansas City and Detroit.

Firehouse 12 Performances

Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet Friday, June 5, 2015, 10:00p
Pilc Moutin Hoenig Friday, May 25, 2012, 10:00p
Rudresh Mahanthappa Friday, May 18, 2007, 10:00p

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