Kavita Shah/Francois Moutin Duo Project at The Regattabar
The François Moutin & Kavita Shah Duo project is a meeting of minds and spirits, one that embraces virtuosity, spontaneity, and lyricism through a repertoire of standards and original music adapted to the unique instrumentation of acoustic bass and voice. Their first record, "Interplay," features 11 tracks recorded at Sear Sound Studios in New York and Studio le Meudon in Paris, and is due for release in January 2018 on Dot Time Records. Shah and Moutin are joined by their octogenarian mentors--NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan on vocals, considered by many as the pioneer of bass-and-voice duets, and legendary pianist Martial Solal- on two tracks each. The result is an improvisational journey across lyric-driven and wordless pieces alike.
FRANÇOIS MOUTIN, a virtuosic bassist, was born in Paris, and received a doctorate in physics at the age of 24 before choosing to become a professional musician. He has been a member of the legendary Martial Solal Trio for three decades, and since age 29, he has co-led the Quintet Moutin with his twin brother Louis, a project which later evolved into the Moutin Reunion Quartet. He regularly composes and tours extensively with this group around Europe & the United States; he has performed in every important European Jazz Festival, and toured in over 30 countries around the world. In addition, François has worked with such musicians as: Antoine Hervé, André Ceccarelli, Jean-Michel Pilc, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Toots Thielemans, James Moody, Terry Lyne Carrington, Michel Legrand, Birele Lagrene, Jimmy Heath, Monty Alexander, Lew Soloff, Billy Hart, Jeff Tain Watts, Ari Hoenig, Dave Binney, Adam Rogers, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Vijay Iyer, and Amir El Saffar.
KAVITA SHAH is a vocalist, composer, and lifelong New Yorker who makes work in deep engagement with the jazz idiom while addressing and advancing its global sensibilities. Hailed by NPR for her "amazing dexterity for musical languages," Kavita incorporates strands of Latin American, West African, and Asian traditions into her original music. Not unlike François, Kavita studied Romance Languages & Literatures at Harvard before pursuing a Master's in jazz voice at Manhattan School of Music. In 2012, she was named Downbeat's Best Graduate Jazz Vocalist; in 2013, she won ASCAP's Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award; and in 2014, she released her debut album VISIONS, co-produced by guitarist Lionel Loueke, to great critical acclaim. Kavita regularly brings her music to world-class stages such as the Kennedy Center, Duc des Lombards, Blue Note, Joe's Pub, and numerous jazz festivals across the Americas, Europe, and Australia.