Actuum Paris

Actuum

Paris, France

Performances

  • 12 Points Festival, Porto 2012
  • 12 Points PLUS artist 2012/13
  • 12 Points PLUS at Umeå Jazz Festival October 2012
  • 12 Points PLUS at Tampere Jazz Happening November 2012

Band Members

Quartet

  • Louis Laurain - Trumpet
  • Benjamin Dousteyssier - Saxophone
  • Ronan Courty - Bass
  • Julien Loutelier - Drums

About


More than any other festival, 12 Points has benefitted from the surge of collective activity among young European musicians over the last decade. Coax Collective in Paris are a case in point, and Actuum pick up where fellow Coax members MeTaL-O-PHoNe memorably left off at last year’s edition. Actuum are not afraid to express an ambitious manifesto with implications of dystopia, chaos and instability, and they’re well equipped to give it a very convincing musical representation. Trumpeter Louis Laurain, saxophonist Benjamin Dousteyssier, bassist Ronan Courty and drummer Julien Loutelier go about their business with fiercesome purpose, with brilliantly controlled violence that smashes the musical elements like particles in the large hadron collider. Then every so often, a subliminal message in the writing that evokes the spirit of Charles Mingus or George Russell, reminding you that despite everything, this is still a jazz band.

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