Francois Moutin & Kavita Shah - Interplay

François Moutin & Kavita Shah Duo to Present New Album "Interplay" with Sheila Jordan at NYC's Winter Jazz Festival

Bassist François Moutin and vocalist Kavita Shah are proud to announce the release of their duo project, INTERPLAY (Dot Time Records), on February 16, 2018. They will present material from the album at New York's Winter Jazz Festival this Friday, January 12th at 6:20pm at Subculture, joined by special guest NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan on vocals, who is considered by many to be the pioneer of bass-and-voice duets.

"Interplay" is an improvisational journey across lyric-driven and wordless pieces alike. Together, Moutin and Shah embrace virtuosity, spontaneity, and lyricism through a repertoire of standards and original music adapted to the unique instrumentation of acoustic bass and voice. The album, recorded at Sear Sound Studios in New York and Le studio de Meudon in Paris, features 11 tracks ranging from classics like "La Vie en Rose" to instrumental songs like drummer Dafnis Prieto's "Blah Blah" to original compositions by Shah and Moutin. "Interplay" also includes the participation of two jazz legends (Shah and Moutin's mentors): Jordan, 89, who lends her voice to Lorenz & Hart's "Falling in Love With Love" and Horace Silver's "Peace" (a song she taught Shah), and French pianist Martial Solal, 90, who plays on two of his compositions—the wordless "Coming Yesterday" (which features an unedited, free improvisation by Shah, Moutin and Solal) and the gorgeous ballad "Aigue Marine, " set to lyrics penned by Shah.

In addition to January 12 at New York's Winter Jazz Fest, Moutin/Shah will also showcase Interplay the following dates:

January 16 @ River City Blues (Harrisburg, PA)
January 18 @ Regatta Bar (Cambridge, MA)
January 21 @ The Falcon (Marlboro, NY)

FRANÇOIS MOUTIN ( ), a virtuosic bassist, was born in Paris and received a doctorate in physics at the age of 24 before choosing to become a professional musician. He has been a member of the Martial Solal Trio for three decades and, since age 29, has co-led a string of projects with his twin brother Louis, most noticeably the Moutin Reunion Quartet and the presently active Moutin Factory Quintet. He regularly composes and tours regularly with this group around Europe & the United States. He has performed in every important European Jazz Festival and toured in over 30 countries around the world. In addition, François has worked with such musicians as: Jean Michel Pilc, André Ceccarelli, Antoine Hervé, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Toots Thielemans, James Moody, Terri Lyne Carrington, Michel Legrand, Birelli Lagrene, Jimmy Heath, Monty Alexander, Lew Soloff, Billy Hart, Ari Hoenig, Dave Binney, Adam Rogers, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Vijay Iyer, Amir El Saffar and Jack DeJohnette.

KAVITA SHAH ( is an award-winning vocalist, composer, and lifelong New Yorker who makes work in deep engagement with the jazz idiom while addressing and advancing its global sensibilities. Hailed by NPR for possessing an "amazing dexterity for musical languages, " Kavita incorporates her ethnographic work on Latin American, West African, and South Asian traditions into her music. Not unlike François, Kavita studied Romance Languages & Literatures at Harvard before pursuing a Master's in jazz voice at Manhattan School of Music. In 2012, she was named Best Graduate Vocalist by Downbeat; in 2013, she won ASCAP's Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award. Her 2014 debut VISIONS, co-produced by Lionel Loueke, was released to great critical acclaim, and her 2017 Park Avenue Armory premiere, "Folk Songs of Naboréa, " was named a Top 10 jazz concert of the year by Nate Chinen. Shah regularly performs her music at major concert halls, festivals, and clubs on six continents.

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