Amaury Faivre Duo will represent Switzerland in Memphis during the International Blues Challenge Januray 16th to 20th. They obtained this opportunity by winning the Swiss Blues Challenge.
Here during the Sem le blues festival on September 29th, Pascal Merlin and the team of the monthly magazine La Tête Dans Le Public publishes an interview from Amaury Faivre Duo.
"LTDP : How do you move from jazz guitar studies to the blues ?
Amaury : As I started playing harmonica first, I alway played blues, and then I learned guitar. I needed to understand the link between all American kinds of music. It is through jazz harmony that I established this link. I use this harmony filter when listening to music and also in the way I play, one can hear I studied jazz.
LTDP : You play as a duo and with a full band, which do you prefer ?
Yves : Amaury prefers the duo because the acoustic guitar playing is really pushed forward. I used to play electric only, I had passed 30 years with an electric guitar, and now it's been 5 years with the acoustic thanks to Amaury, and I can't say which I prefer, I would they complement each other, they are similar instruments but which a completely different approach. In the band there is inertia and when you want to change the atmosphere, it takes some time, while in duo it is very immediate." (...)
As a prequel to the album, Amaury Faivre releases today a 3 tracks free promotional EP, broadcasted on Soundcloud and YouTube.
He records You Just Can't Go Wrong, Playing Tricks On You and Hip Girl in versions orchestrated with double bass, percussions and keyboards.
Amaury Faivre ; vocals, harmonica, guitar, composition, production
Julien Compagne ; percussions
Sébastien Vaivrand ; keyboards
Jean-Baptiste Buisson ; double bass
Yves Staubitz ; production, mixing
The duo flies to Memphis for the 34th IBC, or International Blues Challenge, from Jan. 16th to 20th. 260 bands from all over the world animate the famous Beale Street clubs. The duo seizes the occasion to record a series of videos in the Ditty TV studios, and participates to two showcases in addition to the IBC sets. After two successful selections, Amaury et Yves manage to obtain a place in the semi-finals, but won't rejoin the final, shared by only 10 bands and 10 solos/duos. The winners are Keeshea Pratt Band in the Band category, and Kevin “B.F.” Burt in the Solo/Duo category.
On March 16th and 17th, 2018 takes place in Hell (Norway) the 8th European Blues Challenge. 21 bands most of European countries. After a set in which time was a bit short, the duo stayed on the podium for a long time, but the ranking changed on the last minute, and it rejoins the 4th place ! Some performances were remarkable, such as the ones from Slim Butler (Finland), Vitor Bacalhau (Portugal), and of course the winners, who came from the Netherlands in a minivan, The Ragtime Rumours !
Interview Digital Native Associated
AFD on Instagram et Twitter
Swiss Album On Option Musique
Crazy Old Man radio aired
1st album review on Zicazic
Blues Café Live radio show
Vernissage at the Vully Blues Club