New Swiss Trio and album, “Pop Songs”

Moncef Genoud returns with a new Swiss trio and their debut project, Pop Songs. Accompanied by electro-acoustic bass player Gabriel Scotti – the son of the late Achille Scotti, another blind pianist that used to be Moncef’s teacher and mentor back in the days – and young phenom drummer Valentin Liechti, Moncef adapts several classics of the Pop repertoire into jazz. The tunes, ranging from “Message In A Bottle” by The Police to Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, to “Little Wing” byJimi Hendrix or The Doors’ “Light My Fire,” mark an interesting and playful departure from Genoud’s traditional jazz trio sound. Pop Songs also features a live concert version of “Poincinia” as a bonus track, along with “Juliane,” a new original ballad composed by Moncef. For the release party of this new album the trio will perform in Geneva’s Salle Athénée 4 on January 17th and 18th, 2015. A series of concerts will follow this spring in Sion, Lausanne, Cully, and Bern. Moncef will also perform for the very first time in Austria, on January 16th at Vienna’s famous Porgy & Bess club. Pop Songs is available in download here. The album will be released under licence in Japan. For more details on the upcoming concerts, please visit the “Tours” section.

Moncef goes back to Senegal

Moncef has been invited to perform at the 2014 International Jazz Festival of Saint-Louis in Senegal. He’ll be accompanied by Andy Barron on drums, Christophe Chambet on bass, and French saxophonist Sylvain Beuf. The concert is presented in association with the Swiss Embassy in Senegal. Now in its 22nd edition, the festival is one of the most renowned Jazz events in all of Africa. This will mark Moncef’s first trip back to Senegal since shooting the award-winning documentary “Return to Gorée” in 2006 with his long-time friend and collaborator Youssou N’Dour. More details in the “Tours” section.

Album planned for 2013

Happy new year to everyone! After a highly successful West Coast tour last summer, Moncef has a brand-new, ambitious album project for 2013! It’s too soon to reveal the details, but let’s just say that it will be a unique creative concept and a departure from the classic trio sound he’s explored in recent years. As for the West Coast tour, you can see extracts from Moncef’s final concert at the legendaryYoshi’s in San Francisco on his YouTube channel. Check out a behind the scenes look at Moncef rehearsing “Métissage,” or his trio performance of “Imagine,” “It’s You,” or “Sliding Shadows.” The press was unanimous in praising Moncef’s music and the tour enjoyed rare reviews by Jazz Times, Jazz Weekly, a three-part article in the L.A. Examiner (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3), and KCRW’s Rhythm Planet. Once again, we thank all of our partners who contributed to making the tour happen and all the fans who came out to support Moncef and his band!

Moncef returns to California

Moncef goes to California! He’ll make a long-awaited return after a six-year absence to the West Coast for a series of special dates in Los Angeles and San Francisco in July, 2012. Moncef will appear in trio and his tour will feature two concerts at Vitello’s in Studio City on July 12th and 13th and one at Yoshi’s in San Francisco on July 15th. Vitello’s will also host a master class by the trio on July 12th. In addition, the Consulate General of Switzerland in Los Angeles, the AllianceFrançaise, and TV5 Monde will host a reception and free screening of the award-winning road movie “Return to Gorée” in Santa Monica on July 11th. For details and tickets information, please visit the “Tours” section of this website. Moncefwould like to thank Pro Helvetia, the Cultural Department of the Canton of Valais, and the Swiss Consulates in Los Angeles and San Francisco for their support to make this tour happen. If you’re in California around those dates, don’t miss your chance to hear the Swiss piano virtuoso perform live! Check out the following press coverage in anticipation of the tour: Revolution 360 (with a great interview and video links), L.A. Examiner, and Jazz Weekly.

Moncef is turning 50!

Those who know him will find it hard to believe, but Moncef is turning 50! To celebrate, Moncef will give a very special performance with an All-Star cast of his favorite musicians at the prestigious Salle du Régent in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, on Saturday, August 20th. The stellar line-up will consist of fellow Swiss phenom Grégoire Maret (Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Pat Metheny) on the harmonica, England’s Andy Barron (Kenny Wheeler, Manu Katché) on drums, New Yorker trumpetist James Zollar (Duke Ellington Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis), along with Switzerland’s finest in the form of bass tandem Antoine Ogay and BänzOester, as well as Stefano Saccon on saxophone. This promises to be a grand celebration of the first 50 years of Moncef ‘s life and music career, and we invite those of you who will be in Switzerland on that date to take part in the festivities! For details, please see the “Tours” section of this site. Also announced, a series of three dates at Club Chorus later this year in December with special guests HaroldDanko, Grégoire Maret, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Bänz Oester, and Andy Barron, to celebrate Moncef reaching the half-century mark and the first 30 years of his remarkable career. On this occasion Moncef and his team would like to thank you for your support through the years. We look forward to continuing to bring quality music and projects for your entertaining pleasure in the future!