Bruno Tocanne - musician, artistic director of IMR

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Born in Paris, he began his studies in drums with Jean Louis Méchali and jazz and improvisation in playing in the Manuel Villaroel, the Patricio Villaroel and the Steve Lacy workshops. "Musician, teacher, activist Bruno Tocanne is  a catalyst for jazz and improvised music, bringing together some of the most creatice musicians on the french and international scenes. Bruno's travels around the globe have resulted in musical encounters withDave Burell (USA),Yuri Kusnetsov (Ukr), Vladimir Volkov (Russia), Russ Johsnon (USA), Quinsin Nachoff (Canada), Samuel Blaser (CH), Itaru Oki (Japan), Louis Sclavis (Fr), Francesco Bearzatti (Italy), Hasse Poulsen (Dk)..."

On tour with Over The Hills a creation from Carla Bley's Opera "Escalator Over The Hill" with the imuZZic Libre Ensemble,recored and play with the Gaudillat - Tocanne Canto de Multitudes, a tribute to Pablo Neruda, is working on a project from the "Rock Bottom" of Robert Wyatt with Sophia Domancich, Antoine Läng and Rémi Gaudillat: Sea Song(e)s , recorded and play with Marcel Kanche ("Epaisseur du Vide" / Caramba - "Juillet 94" with Fred Roudet)...

Founnded the imuZZic collective who host guest artists like Louis Sclavis, Russ Johnson (NY), Sophia Domancich, Xavier Garcia... Formed Trio Resistances with Lionel Martin and Benoit Keller : 3 albums, the two laters signed with Cristal Records. Toured with pianist Dave Burell (USA) and Catherine Delaunay in Japan... Recorded with the Nachoff - Tocanne Project for Cristal Records, then his own 4tet, on IMR label : "4 new dreams !'  in 2009 with Michael Bates (NYC), Samuel Blaser (CH) and Rémi Gaudilat (tpt), and, in 2012, with Russ Lossing (NYC), Quinsin Nachoff (NYC). Founded and recorded with the "Libre ensemble" in 2011.  Recorded and toured with the I.Overdrive trio (tribute to Syd Barrett with Philippe Gordiani), and with the same trio + the french singer Marcel Kanche (A tribute to Léo Ferré-  sept. 2012). Toured with the Bruno Tocanne In a suggestive way in 4tet & trio and played with Michel Bénita, Senem Diyici, Didier Levallet, Daniel Erdmann, Federico Casagrande, Francesco Bearzatti...

“A  munificent, subtle and lavish drummer" Jazz Magazine
"Bruno Tocanne is to his drums and cymbals what a japanese calligrapher is to his art..."  Liberation
A catalyst of ideas and emotions"  France Musique


Bruno Tocanne - musician, artistic director of IMR