The Erik Truffaz Quartet is first and foremost a collective entity with its own sound and group
dynamic. In 1997, the band, then featuring Marcello Giuliani on bass, Marc Erbetta, drums, and
Patrick Muller, keyboards, released its debut “Out of a dream” on Blue Note. On the follow-ups,
“The dawn” and “Bending new corner”, rapper Nya added a poetic, urban touch; the clip “Yuri’s
choice” went a long way to developing the music’s popularity. The group drew inspiration from
gigs at London’s Blue Note Club, a temple of drum & bass, and did its composing on tour during
sound checks, from fragments of improvisation.
The music springs into life naturally, effortlessly, like painting in the mirror of inspiration. On the
back of these two albums the group acquired an international dimension, touring regularly,
developing a trademark feelgood sound.
The band made its first big change of direction in 2003 with the organic, bubbling rock-inspired
“The walk of the giant turtle”. When sound engineers Corboz and Giuliani added distortion to his
trumpet sound, Truffaz was initially infuriated, but then went on to espouse and develop the
With the “Arkhangelsk” album, the band came of age, in the company of Ed Harcourt and
Christophe, two singers with two special voices and great tracks.
In June 2010 Benoît Corboz, the band’s studio sound engineer since “The Dawn” took over from
Patrick Müller on keyboards. The new line-up wasted no time in going into the studio. The result
was a new sound, kneaded energetically like a dough, then left to rest and ferment before being
worked up into the album "In Between", a celebration of slow tempos, deliberate silence, elastic
space and intimacy. Marcello Giuliani reverted to upright bass and recorded one track on banjo.
Guest singer Sophie Hunger added her wonderful voice on two tracks: “Dirge”, a Bob Dylan
cover, and an original composition entitled “Let me go! ”.
They will be at nublu on October 20th - 21st!