The @-quartet (pronounce "at quartet": @ as in @coustic) is a formation created by Didier Verna in 2006. This group constitutes a point of arrival as well as a point of departure in the guitarist's career.
A point of arrival because the repertoire, entirely constituted by original compositions of its leader, is like a summary of all the influences that affected his musical evolution until now (except for jazz-rock: it would be another band that would probably be called e-something. This is actually a project under consideration...). One can find medium jazz, ballads, some very bop tunes, Brazilian colors, a touch of binary and some pieces heavily tinted with free-jazz. In other words, a sum of multiple influences. Some compositions are 15 years old while some others were written 3 weeks before the band was actually created.
A point of departure because we are more than the sum of our influences. The repertoire, although of various styles, remains coherent thanks to the guitarist's personality, very apparent both in composition and improvisation. By enrolling the best rhythm section one could possibly dream of, Didier Verna also wanted to let the music express itself, in some way: imposing only very few things and letting each musician's personality blossom allows a music to emerge, that is not necessarily the one that was expected in the first place. Finally, the very "free" approach of some tunes produces some kind of spontaneous, instantaneous and collective musical composition which constantly offers new perspectives of evolution.
Settled in Paris since 1992, he is one of the most solicited pianists in the capital and had been leading one of the most frequented jam sessions there, at « Autour de Midi », for several years. He can be found next to the greatest French and international Jazz players: Patrick Saussois, Richie Cole, Gianni Basso, Christian Escoude or Marc Fosset, Anne Ducros, Michel Pastre, Renato d'Aiello, Claude Tissendier or laurent Mignard's Duke Orchestra. In Mars 2010, he was the pianist for the Jazz Hot 75 years celebration party, first in duet with Brisa Roche, then in trombonist Sarah Morrow's formation.
Born in Israel in 1975, Yoni began music by playing bass guitar in a rock band with his teenager friend. Later, he discovered jazz and moved to Paris in 1995 to study the double bass at the CIM and the 15th district conservatory. He has recorded about 30 albums as a sideman and has performed in about 40 countries. He has collaborated with Sophie Alour, Billy Hart, David Doruzka, Youn Sun Nah, Laurent Coq and Sam Sadigursky amongst others. He can be heard with the Geraldine Laurent quartet, Sandro Zerafa quartet, Robin Nicaise 5tet, Frank Woeste trio, David Prez quartet...
He studies Jazz piano at the CIM in Emannuel Bex's class, and attends a Deug in musicology at the Paris VIII St-Denis university with Max Hediguer and François Jeanneau. He has been teaching piano at CIM since 1998. He played and/or recorded, among others, with Sonia Cat-Berro, Youn Sun Nah, Marc Thomas, Sophie Alour, Jean-Luc Arramy, Gilles Barikosky, Stéphane Belmondo, Jean-Daniel Botta, Larry Browne, Daniel Bruno-Garcia, Raphaël Dever, Vincent Frade, David Georgelet, David Grebil, Arnaud Lechantre, James Lewis, Pierre Maingourd, Dominique Mandin, Manu Marchès, Fabien Marcoz, David Neerman, Ichiro Onoe, Emi Oshima, Patricia Ouvrard, Philippe Pilon, Jean-Pierre Rebillard, Olivier Robin, Frédérick Tuxx, Pierre-Gérard Verny, Olivier Zanot, Yoni Zelnik.
Composer, conductor and sideman, he possesses all the qualities of a great bassist: swing, precision, tempo, inventivity, and above all an exceptional sound which is not far away from that of Paul Chambers, with whom he shares the very rare ability to execute superb solos with the bow. Today, he is one of the most demanded bassists in France. He played and/or recorded, among others, with Ray Bryant, Benny Golson, Art Farmer, Johnny Griffin, Didier Lockwood, Michel Legrand, André Ceccarelli, Alain Jean-Marie, Laurent Fickelson, Laurent de Wilde, Jeanne Lee, Sarah Lazarus...