He came to bring the light.
By popular demand, saxophonist Louis Billette
proclaimed himself emperor of Geneva jazz.
Surrounded by the finest musicians of his generation,
all of whom have at heart the conviction
that jazz should bring joy to the people.
His expansionist project aims to conquer a wide audience
awaiting the return of jubilant, comforting jazz,
without taking itself too seriously.
Classically trained in jazz, with a wealth of musical experience ranging from hip-hop to modern jazz, Louis Billette is a creative musician mastering a wide musical palette. He embraces this diversity, which is essential to his artistic creation.
Since arriving in Switzerland from Paris ten years ago, Louis Billette, has multiplied his projects with talent. Member of Oggy & the Phonics, Gabriel Zufferey Quartet, Manu Hagmann's CHOICE and Lost in Swing, he has become a key musician on the Swiss jazz scene.
He decided to found Louis Billette Quintet in 2017, composing music that explores an intimate and profound musical domain, in search of a sincere music, far from fashions. Its music draws a clear line through fields of improvisation in which all the members of the group evolve freely
LUX, his lastest work, is as sunny and fresh as the best springtime can be. Far from the hardbop canons that the group might suggest, the sextet embodies a music that takes shape in little touches on a canvas of controlled groove.
Poetic without being meditative,
the album unfolds like a life,
in its repetitions and surprises,
its affirmations and doubts.
A quest for an inner song,
a setting in music of lived experiences,
but also a return to the roots
of his musical vocation,
between the circularity of hip-hop
and the lyricism of Coltrane.
Influenced by the free spirit and creative force
of his schizophrenic brother,
Louis Billette devotes himself
to music with a special eye.
He brings together musicians of great sensitivity
in the service of a modern music,
with ancient roots and resolutely acoustic.
Music is not only a part of Louis' life,
but the way for him to connect
with something out there
that cannot be reached through
rational thought and experience.
Immersion is a contemplative
and deep first album, but also fresh.