An article in the November Jazztime edition.
No-frilled, very improvised and great charism
Amaury Faivre and Yves Staubitz won Swiss Blues Challenge this year in Basel. Their music is influenced by blues, jazz and folk. And their desire for improvisation.
Playing harmonica opened him the door for the world and the blues. At 8, he blows his father's harmonica for the first time. Ever since this little instrument followed him everywhere - as long as the blues pionneers he discovers, like Robert Johnson, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Lightning Hopkins or John Lee Hooker. One of his great success has been the Prix du Public at the Jeunesses Musicales de France Challenge in 2001 with the duo "White and Blues" with Sylvain Dubrez. Then Amaury Faivre started gigging with bands like Chris Demolition Blues, Bluesingale, Alfred Massaï or the Soul'd Out Trio.
Studies in Besançon and Montreal
At the University of Besançon, he obtains a musicology diploma. The young french musician also started jazz guitar. Denis Naegely was a real inspiring teacher. "I got to understand jazz and its harmony. It made me a real improviser", he explains. After Besancon, he studied to University of Montreal, where he also worked as a sound engineer in parallel. He finally establishes in Geneva where he starts many projects, teaches guitar, singing and harmonica and creates a studio, the "Studio du Four".
Simplicity and improvisation
Since 2015, Amaury Faivre appeared as guitar player and singer with the geneva guitar player Yves Staubitz in duo. For this show, Yves exchanged his electric "Telecaster" for an unbelievably great sounding acoustic guitar. They have been playing togethere since 2009 in the blues band "Amaury Faivre & The Broken Harps" and so they know each other very well. As a duo, they represent country-blues and folk, just like a Keb Mo or even a John Mayer. "Our kind of music comes from blues, jazz and folk music. The emotion is strongly inspired by the blues. And a great part of improvisation", explains Amaury Faivre. A music with no frills. In the blues he appreciates expressivity and the freedom to improvise, and also exchange with the audience.
Shows in Memphis and in Norway
The duo's victory of the Swiss Blues Challenge this year is a new step for Amaury Faivre and Yves Staubitz. They had reached the finale in 2014 but had to cancel on the last minute. Three years after it worked. "This price is a great honor for us and brings us a lot of publicity. Moreover, we can represent Suitzerland at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis an at the European Blues Challenge in Norway". Just in time for the new festivals season, they considern releasing an album. Along with many shows...