Album after album, through an ever increasing number of line-ups and experiences, Alban Darche has been building a highly original, free-spirited and coherent body of work. He’s the ingenious composer and leader of several bands that bring together some of the most talented French and international soloists.
Destined to scientific studies, Alban Darche chose to flourish in the artistic field: after classical music studies at the Conservatoire de Nantes, he joined the jazz class of the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris.
A saxophonist, composer and arranger, he has about thirty albums under his name. He combines a wide range of talents mixing jazz with pop, rock, opera, cinema, rap and slam, contemporary and chamber music.
He changes labels from dance to musical theater and has worked with the National Jazz Orchestra, Philippe Katerine, Thomas Pourquery, Jeanne Added, Gabor Gado, theatre director Sylvain Maurice, choreographer Nasser Martin- Gousset, writer Pierre Bordage,dramatic author Marion Aubert ans more.
He is the co-founder of the very active label Yolk, who received a Django d’Or award and has released more than 70 references.
Alban Darche and drummer and composer John Hollenbeck were awarded the French-American Jazz Exchange for their collaboration in the US-European quartet JASS. From 2014 to 2016, Alban was an associated composer at the Estran de Guidel and was part of the artistic ensemble of the National Dramatic Center of Sartrouville (Paris).
In 2017, he was awarded the Adami 365 program.
Alban Darche has played with…
Steve Argüelles, John Hollenbeck, Samuel Blaser, Thomas de Pourquery, Daniel Yvinec, David Chevallier, Tim Berne, Marc Ducret, Julien Lourau, Kenny Wheeler, Driss El Maloumi, Baptiste Trotignon, André Minvielle, Vincent Courtois, Katerine, Geoffroy de Masure, Evan Parker, Olivier Sens, Franck Vaillant, D’ de Kabal, Dgiz, Médéric Colligon, Stéphane Payen, Christophe Lavergne, Sylvain Rifflet, Julien Lourau, Laurent Blondiau, Eric Vloiemans, Julian Siegel, Gilles Coronado, François Thuiller, Daniel Casimir, Fred Pallem, Jeanne Added, Tom Arthurs, Didier Ithursarry, Laia Genc, Jean-Philippe Morel, Ingrid Laubrock, Jon Irabagon…
… in numerous festivals, theatres and clubs in France :
Banlieues Bleues, Europa Jazz Festivat , Jazz à Cluny, Jazz à Couches, Jazz au fil de l’Oise, Jazz sous les Pommiers, Jazzdor à Strasbourg, Les Rendez-Vous de l’Erdre, Nancy Jazz Pulsation, Flâneries musicales de Reims, Paris jazz Festival, Tourcoing Jazz Festival…
… and abroad:
Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Belgium, the Netherlands, Turkey, China, USA, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Morocco, England , Korea, Japan.