Arnaud Guichard is a Belgian born saxophonist and composer. Since he arrived in the UK in 2013, Arnaud performed as a sideman and as a leader with the renowned jazz musicians Zoe Rahman, Mark Lockheart, Simon Purcell, Mick Foster, Dave Wickins and Moses Boyd.
His latest work as a bandleader 'Serendip' is a project that reflects Arnaud's early influences from the 'Symphony Fantastiqu' by Berlioz. Serendip cultivates the essence of program music using the Persian tale 'The Three Princes of Serendip' as an extra-musical narrative.
Since its start in 2017 'Serendip' played at Jazz in The Round, The Vortex Jazz Club, Jazz Live at The crypt amongst others and released its first album 'The Tale' at Total Refreshment Centre in May 2018. Chris Phillips and Jez Nelson played the album multiple times on their radio program 'The Blue Print' and 'Somethin' Else' at Jazz FM.
Arnaud also took part in the Jazz Directors Series 3 with Zoe Rahman and toured in the North West of England.
He is also the host of our monthly Jam at The Crypt.
Serendip cultivates the essence of program music using the ancient Persian tale `The Three Princes of Serendip' as an extra musical narrative. Every tune melodically describes the characters in the story. Features Arnaud Guichard: Sax, James Kitchman: Guitar, Mikele Montolli: Bass, Jay Davis: Drums.
'The Tale, the debut album by Arnaud Guichard's Serendip, pushes the standard jazz quartet sound into fresh territory on a fine and engrossing debut'. Dan McClenaghan (All About Jazz)
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