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Louis Sclavis

Louis Sclavis

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Intro American musician
Countries France
Occupations Composer Jazz musician Saxophonist
Gender male
Birth 2 February 1953 (Lyon)
Louis Sclavis
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Louis Sclavis (born 2 February 1953) is a French jazz musician. He performs on clarinet, bass clarinet, and soprano saxophone in a variety of contexts, including jazz and free jazz. He is noted for his creativity and lively sense of humor.

Life and career

Sclavis began his musical education at the conservatoire de Lyon at age 9, where he studied clarinet. He began performing with the Lyon Workshop, where he met Michel Portal and Bernard Lubat. He then joined the Brotherhood of Breath of Chris McGregor, and later the Henri Texier Quartet.

He began his work as a leader in 1985, with his debut album, Clarinettes. In Chine, his second album, the track "Duguesclin" actually became a surprise hit in France, due to its lively, middle-age inspiration. In 2005, he formed a trio with Henri Texier and Aldo Romano, the African Trio, which achieved considerable success, even outside of the French jazz community. In November 2006, at the Festival 'Écouter Voir' in Lyons, Sclavis first met the Quatuor Habanera, with whom he collaborated on their third album, L'engrenage (2007).

He frequently performs with the cellist Ernst Reijseger and was one of the first to combine jazz with French folk music, working most prominently with the hurdy-gurdy player Valentin Clastrier.

In 2010 Roberto Tardito dedicated his album Distanze to him.


  • Ad Augusta Per Argustia (Nato, 1981)
  • Clarinettes (Label Bleu, 1985)
  • Chine (Ida, 1987)
  • Chamber Music (Ida, 1989)
  • Ellington on the Air (Ida, 1991)
  • Rouge (ECM, 1991)
  • Trio de Clarinettes: Live (FMP, 1991)
  • Acoustic Quartet (ECM, 1994)
  • Carnet de Routes (Label Bleu, 1995)
  • Ceux qui veillent la nuit (JMS, 1996)
  • Danses et Autres Scenes (JMS, 1998)
  • Les Violences de Rameau (ECM, 1996)
  • Suite Africaine (Label Bleu, 1999)
  • L'Affrontement des Prétendants (ECM, 1999)
  • Dans la Nuit (ECM, 2000)
  • Napoli's Walls (ECM, 2002)
  • Bow River Falls (Koch, 2004)
  • Roman, (2004);
  • African Flashback (Label Bleu, 2005)
  • L'Imparfait des Langues (ECM, 2007)
  • Lost on the Way (ECM, 2009)
  • Eldorado Trio (Clean Feed, 2010)
  • Sources (ECM, 2012)
  • Silk and Salt Melodies (ECM, 2014)


  • 1999: Ça commence aujourd'hui by Bertrand Tavernier (Sony Music France)
  • 2002: Un moment de bonheur by Antoine Santana
  • 2002: Dans la nuit by Charles Vanel (ECM)
  • 2002: Vivre me tue by Jean-Pierre Sinapi
  • 2007: Après lui by Gaël Morel
  • 2009: Plus tard tu comprendras by Amos Gitaï
  • 2009: Portraits-autoportraits by Gilles Porte
  • 2011: Roses à crédit by Amos Gitaï

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