Stéphane comes from a rich cultural background that set the backdrop for his multi- cultural path in music, his father, of Spanish descent, was born and raised in Algeria and his mother of German-Italian background, was born in Vietnam then raised in Madagascar. Stéphane grew up in Montpellier, France. He began his career as a drummer/ percussionist with local bands like Black and White Gospel Singers, General Alcazar and Zwap. In 1995 Stéphane made London his permanent home, where he played with artists such as ANDY SHEPPARD, SIBONGILE KHUMALO and TYRONE DOWNIE. Meanwhile in Paris joined the band of Malian duo AMADOU ET MARIAM, whom he recorded and toured with from 1997 until 2004, including on their successful album “Dimanche a Bamako” produced by MANU CHAO. In the year 2000 Stéphane met KASSIN, MORENO VELOSO, DOMENICO LANCELLOTTI who he later joined in the band the +2’s (Luaka Bop). Stéphane relocated to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2002 where he became a member of the gafieira Big Band, ORQUESTRA IMPERIAL, also formed the band OS RITMISTAS with DANY ROLAND and Domenico and most recently COMETA. In Brazil, he has worked with many brazilian artists like ADRIANA CALCANHOTTO, ARLINDO CRUZ, BEBEL GILBERTO, CAETANO VELOSO, ELZA SOARES, ERASMO CARLOS, JOAO DONATO, JORGE MAUTNER, MARCOS VALLE, MARIA GADU, MARTN’ALIA, SEU JORGE, TULIPA RUIZ, VANESSA DA MATA, WILSON DAS NEVES, ZE MANOEL, with arrangers like ALBERTO CONTINENTINO, ARTHUR VEROCAI, EUMIR DEODATO and international artists like BERNARD PURDIE, GILLES PETERSON, JEAN-CLAUDE VANNIER, JOSE GONZALES, MANU DIBANGO and ON FILLMORE (DARIN GRAY & GLENN KOTCHE). In 2009 he created and directed the “Gainsbourg Imperial” project at Sesc Pinheiros theater (São Paulo), for the year of France in Brazil, arranged by JEAN CLAUDE VANNIER, with special guests JANE BIRKIN and CAETANO VELOSO; won the “Bravo Award” for best show in 2009. Also co-directed the documentary which was nominated at FIPA 2010. In 2014, Stéphane released his first solo project as a singer/ composer/ songwriter, “Système de Son”. Recorded in Rio, London, and Montpellier; mixed by MARIO CALDATO JR. and mastered by ROBERT CARRANZA in Los Angeles. On the album, he collaborates with the likes of composers Alberto Continentino, SEAN O HAGAN, GUSTAVO RUIZ, and his mentor WILSON DAS NEVES. Released in Japan by Coreport label, the album got great reviews in latin music and jazz magazines like Latina, Intoxicate and CD journal, and also appeared on best album list 2014 including “Rolling Stone Brasil” and “Billboard Brasil”. In 2017, Stéphane moved to New York where he toured with On Fillmore for the release of the album which he co-wrote “Happiness of Living” (Northern Spy Records) in prestigious festivals like WILCO’s Solid Sound, joined Bernard Purdie and Friends as a percussionist with whom he recorded the album “Cool Down” (Sugar Road Records), collaborates with YUKA HONDA (Beastie Boys, Cibo Matto) for the premiere of the show of art and haute cuisine Epicurean Nights, plays with ILHAN ERSAHIN (Istanbul Sessions) with whom he produced several solo concerts as well as Nublu Sessions with Ilhan on sax and bassist JOSH WERNER (Lee Scratch Perry, Robert Glasper, Wu Tang Clan), I led 3 Lives with JOONIE BOOTH (Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Sun-Ra) and African artists like YACOUBA SISSOKO (Harry Belafonte, Lauryn Hill) at Ilhan’s new club club, Nublu 151. In 2018 Stephane joined DAVID BYRNE ‘s world tour “American Utopia” which was qualified by NME “…The best live show of all times”.
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Since relocating to New York from Rio de Janeiro nearly 4 years ago, Brazilian-American singer Alexia Bomtempo has fully embraced, challenged, and redefined the Northern half of her American artistic roots. Equally comfortable wandering amidst hazy memory-inducing soundscapes as she is in delivering flowing melodies influenced by her beachside upbringing in Rio de Janeiro, Alexia is an artist of multiple worlds. Her sound is individual and confidently feminine, and her songs embrace the raw emotion and sensitivity of great film scores. The lyrics evoke the grit and honesty of American and British rock and blues, along with the exploratory spirit of Tropicalia. In 2008, she began touring throughout Brazil, Japan and the U.S in support of her debut release Astrolábio (EMI Brazil), and her 2012 English language tribute to the legendary Caetano Veloso, I Just Happen to Be Here (Biscoito Fino). Alexia’s new record Chasing Storms and Stars is available September 22, 2017, and was co-produced by the Grammy-nominated David Boyle (Patty Griffin, Trixie Whitley) and industry veteran Jake Owen (Augustana, Forró in the Dark, DO Sounds). Critics are raving about Bomtempo and the first single 'I Thought About You'
Brazilian Spiritual Transe Music w/electronic & acoustic percussionnists Davi Vieira, Gustavo Di Dalva, Mauro Refosco & Stephane San Juan. Davi Vieira was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, studied percussion, capoeira and dance. As a percussionist and vocalist Davi has contributed to recordings, share stage and/or toured with many great artists such as Angelique Kidjo, Carlos Santana, Richard Bona, Sergio Mendes, Sun Ra… Gustavo Di Dalva is a percussionist, producer and singer/songwriter from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil who started playing the percussion professionally at the age of 13, joined Gilberto Gil’s band when only 16 years old, and worked with a long list of artists including Arto Lindsay, Chico Science & Naçao Zumbi, Marisa Monte, Milton Nascimento to name a few. Mauro Refosco is a Brazilian percussionist who has performed and recorded with artists such as David Byrne, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dirty Projectors, and Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace. Drummer, percussionist, singer-songwriter, curator and record producer Stéphane San Juan was born in France where he started to work as a musician at the age of 17, then studied music in Bangladesh, Brazil, Cuba, England, Ghana, Morrocos, Senegal, South Africa, United States, his career includes works with Amadou et Mariam, Caetano Veloso, Jane Birkin, Joao Donato, Manu Dibango and many more.
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