Thursday, June 21 @7:30pm : Printempo – Yigit Gursoy & friends
For the last concert of the Printempo Series, Jazz will be in the spotlight! The concert will be held on June 21: that is the opportunity to come celebrate Fête de la Musique at the FEU! Our talented musicians in residence Yigit Gursoy and Will Cravy, alongside musician guests from the American School of Modern Music, will interpret old jazz standards and more recent groovy music.
Yigit Gursoy, guitar
Will Cravy, double bass
Alexander de Gogorza Moravcsik, piano
Emmanuel Ngasi, drums
Mayeul de Chaillé, saxophone
Born in Ankara on 22nd April 1996, Yigit Gursoy went to Lycée Francais Charles de Gaulle at Ankara and stayed there until he graduated from high school. He started playing guitar at age 13 classically, but stopped taking guitar lessons after a year and went for a self-taught method. Although accepted by Berkley School of Modern Music at the age of 17, he went to study political science at Lyon, but returned to music studies 2 years later. After graduating from the International Jazz Academy at Nancy and moved to Paris to continue his studies with the American School of Modern Music.
Mayeul de Chaillé was born in Versailles and grew up in the Paris region. His passion for music came to him around the age of 7 when he began violin at the conservatory. After a few years he started practicing drums and guitar with friends, discovering improvisation and the freer practice of music. In high school he met jazz and his future main instrument: the saxophone. After a Bachelor’s degree in Music, he returned to the American school of modern music with the aim of perfecting his skills and meeting people with the same passion for jazz.
Alexander de Gogorza Moravcsik is a 19 year old pianist from Princeton, New Jersey. Raised in a musical family, he started studying classical piano and trumpet at age 8. Upon discovering jazz in the 6th grade, he immediately began studying blues piano. In high school, Alexander was a member of the award winning Princeton Studio Band, as well as the Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra, and has been on tour in Europe 4 times, playing such venues as the Umbria Jazz Festival, Nice Jazz Festival, and the Montreux Jazz Festival. Additionally, Alexander has attended the Interlochen Summer Jazz Workshop and the Berklee 5-Week Summer Program. As a composer, he studied at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Program and in 2017 placed 2nd in the Berklee Jazz Festival’s Herb Pomeroy Composition and Arranging Competition. For the past year, Alexander has been living in Paris and studying at the American School of Modern Music. Next year, he will be returning to the United States to start as a freshman at Princeton University.
William McClain Cravy graduated with honors from the University of Southern California, where he studied double bass with Allen Moore. Permanent member and soloist of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Will has been soloist for many orchestras including the Colorado and Culver City Symphony Orchestras. He participated in the Aspen Music Festival Student-Spotlight Recital in 2015. Winner of numerous awards, Will has also played chamber music with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestra; he has participated in the Aspen, Lake George, Domaine Forget, Wabass Institute, and Colorado College festivals.
Drummer for ten years, Emmanuel Ngasi graduated from the M.A.I music school in Nancy in 2017. He is 24 years old and was born in Audincourt. Currently he is studying at the American school of Modern Music in Paris where he continues his training in contemporary music and as a jazz drummer. His music and playing draw their influences from jazz, hip hop and world music.