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MÉLODIE GIMARD NUMEN ©℗One World Records 2020 

Very special lady, this Mélodie Gimard. She is from Perpignan, which makes her a Catalan. There she also studied, but for the “real” work she went to Barcelona, ​​which makes her pure-bred Catalan. There, in addition to her classical education and jazz fascination, a passion for flamenco developed. Gimard, who performs a lot in and around Barcelona - she is part of a flamenco quartet and a jazz trio - debuts here with a record that, as soon as you are three minutes away in the opening title track - that is also behind the accompanying Youtube- link- make you realise that you are dealing with something special and someone here.

The record title - the classics among you will contradict me, if I'm wrong- comes from Latin and stands for the notion “spiritual presence”, or “mental strength”. Actually, the term originally meant "nod of the head", referring to the simple gesture with which a Roman Emperor could approve or disapprove at the time. The “power of the head” was then interpreted literally, but gradually moved to the spiritual playing field. We would dare say "stand firmly on your feet", but so far this digression. Let's stick with the music ...

It comes all the way from the pianist's powerful quiver, which is technically exceptionally strong and clearly classically trained. In addition, she turns out to be completely averse to any genre boundary and jumps to jazz with as much favor as to the classical Latin styles. Sometimes you could situate her in Marseille, then again she seems to be Cuban or to have absorbed all of Andalusia. This results in a hugely varied record, on which you can get to know the pianist / soloist just as well as the composer or the accompanist, who knows how to put her playing at the service of the voices, which take the record to a very high level. These voices are from Matias Lopez, who takes care of half of the vocals, and from Naike Ponce, Alfredo Tejada and Ana Brenes and they provide a very modern approach to flamenco, which is peppered with whole bites of milonga and guajira and in addition, the jazz of someone like Ibrahim Maalouf is clearly not unaffected.

At times the record comes across as busy and that is about the only criticism I have: I sometimes feel that Gimard insisted on putting everything in her debut, that she has in it and that is, as I learn from many audiences, a lot. The listener who wants to make the effort to take the songs, in a manner of speaking, drop by drop will find an absolutely fantastic, modern, multi-layered piece of work that - I think - will later prove to have been the pioneer of a complete cover within both latin jazz and flamenco. The interaction between the trumpet (s), percussion and piano in the first half of the record is nowhere less than impressive. Try listening to “Qué Sería?” or to “Deja Vivir” and you will understand what I mean. Impressive debut by a musician with a maturity that makes you doubt whether this is really her debut!

Dani Heyvaert, June 24 2020 ROOTSTIME

POP MAGAZINE HEAVEN 

MÉLODIE GIMARD NUMEN ©℗One World Records 2020 

"Considering the natural way in which the French-Catalan pianist and composer Mélodie Gimard incorporates flamenco into her music, it cannot be otherwise that she grew up with this music. On Numen, Gimard creates a cross-pollination between flamenco, jazz and classical music that is extraordinarily impressive, not in the least because of the great input of guest vocalists."
Eric van Domburg Scipio, popmagazineheaven.nl, albums of week 25, 2020 POP MAGAZINE HEAVEN 

MOORS MAGAZINE

MÉLODIE GIMARD NUMEN ©℗One World Records 2020

'Mélodie Gimard is a French pianist with a classical education who lives and works in Barcelona, ​​who combines a passion for flamenco with classical and jazz. Her compositions are stunningly beautiful, the musicians she has invited are Spanish and Cuban, from the jazz and flamenco angle, and she knows how to enchant you as a listener.

That's why let's put it first, especially through her piano playing, which is crystal clear and sparkling, yet melancholic, upbeat, swinging, steeped in the passion for flamenco and with the timing and phrasing of good jazz. The accents let you jump with pleasure every time, because here is played for fun, and with complete dedication. Think of the virtuosity of an Evgenin Kissin, and then of a pianist who plays her own compositions in which she seamlessly connects flamenco, jazz and classical music. I have been listening breathlessly and I have to conclude that this album only gets better with every turn, because this is truly a modern masterpiece of unheard of class.

The album lasts almost an hour, but that is still far too short for me - I am already looking forward to her next albums. Awesome! An absolute must, but you had already understood that.'
Holly Moors, Moors Magazine, 12 June 2020  MOORS MAGAZINE

#33 on TRANSGLOBAL WORLD MUSIC CHART June 2020

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MONDO SONORO

MÉLODIE GIMARD NUMEN ©℗One World Records 2020

"Thanks to her overflowing concern, she has developed a style with energy and sensitivity  intertwined between jazz and flamenco, resulting in songs of the level that we present today, Numen." 
Mondo Sonoro 24 April 2020

"Gracias a su inquietud desbordada ha ido desarrollando un estilo cuya energía y sensibilidad se entrelazan entre jazz y flamenco, dando como resultado canciones del nivel de la que hoy presentamos, Numen."
Mondo Sonoro 
 24 April 2020 


FLAMENCOWEB.FR

MÉLODIE GIMARD  LIVE

"It took on impressionist harmonies, between opulent arpeggios like Fauré and diaphanous punctuations like Mompou"
Claude Worms, FlamencoWeb 2019

"Elle revêtit d’harmonies impressionnistes, entre arpèges opulents façon Fauré et ponctuations diaphanes façon Mompou"
Claude Worms, FlamencoWeb 2019


DE FLAMENCO

MÉLODIE GIMARD  LIVE

"The rigorous and creative academy of the young pianist Mélodie Gimard" 
Silvia Cruz La Peña, De Flamenco Oct 15 2018

"La academia rigurosa y creativa de la joven pianista Mélodie Gimard" 
Silvia Cruz La Peña, De Flamenco Oct 15 2018


FLAMENCO CULTURE

MÉLODIE GIMARD  LIVE 

"It was Mélodie Gimard & Co who surprised and conquered the public with the originality of her 'Numen' proposal. 

The Numen is the working power of the Romans, but for Mélodie it is a way of naming inspiration, without being female or male, because this abstract muse represents for her each of the people or events that l 'inspire. On stage since she can walk, this young virtuoso pianist mixes in her compositions all the influences that her curious nature and her training, first as a dancer and instrumentalist in a traditional music company then at the École Supérieure de Musique from Barcelona, ​​allowed him to garner. Very quickly attracted by flamenco she made it her main axis of creation and surrounds herself with young talented and original musicians who, like her, mix classical flamenco with more contemporary approaches based on new technologies like the loopstation, this box which allows the recording of the voice or an instrument and which reproduces it in a loop. The traditional letras or those taken from texts by Rubén Darío and Adolfo Bécquer mingle with "compases compuestos" according to his inspiration. It's fresh, modern, intelligent and furiously flamenco. A real discovery that we hope to see again in France, Andalusians are already fond of it! "
Dolores Triviño Flamenco Culture Sept 1 2016

"C'est Mélodie Gimard &Co qui a surpris et conquis le public par l'originalité de sa proposition 'Numen'.

Le numen c'est la puissance agissante des romains, mais pour Mélodie c'est une façon de nommer l'inspiration, sans que ce soit ni féminin ni masculin, parce que cette muse abstraire représente pour elle chacune des personnes ou des événements qui l'inspirent. Sur des planches depuis qu'elle sait marcher, cette jeune pianiste virtuose mêle dans ses compositions toutes les influences que sa nature curieuse et sa formation, d'abord comme danseuse et instrumentiste dans une compagnie de musique traditionnelle puis à l’École Supérieure de Musique de Barcelone, lui ont permis d'engranger. Très vite attirée par le flamenco elle en a fait son axe principal de création et s'entoure de jeunes musiciens talentueux et originaux qui, comme elle, mêlent le flamenco classique à des approches plus contemporaines basées sur les nouvelles technologies comme la loopstation, ce boitier qui permet l'enregistrement de la voix ou d'un instrument et qui le restitue en boucle. Les letras traditionnelles ou tirées de textes de Rubén Darío et Adolfo Bécquer se mêlent aux « compases compuestos » au gré de son inspiration. C'est frais, actuel, intelligent et furieusement flamenco. Une vrai découverte qu'on espère revoir en France, les andalous en sont déjà friands!"
Dolores Triviño Flamenco Culture Sept 1 2016