Alain Delhotal

Biography

Leader of the group "Harmo Co.," Alain Delhotal gives many concerts in France and abroad.

Very young, he played "by ear" on a Hohner Echo, what he hears on vinyl Yvette Horner, Albert Raisner Piaf. In the 70s, his future wife gave him his first chromatic harmonica. It is a "Larry Adler" 16 holes. He plays Brassens, Aznavour or Ennio Morricone. "Petite Fleur" Sydney Bechet will be his first jazz standard, then he discovered Toots Thielemans, he meets thirty years later.

He created in 1994, a jazz festival in a French village and for ten years he perfomed on stage with many musicians Azzola Marcel Philippe Combelle, Raül De Souza, Dany Doriz Brad Lealy, Tuna Ötenel, Pierre Michelot ...

In Paris, Dany Doriz, Artistic Director of the Caveau de la Huchette invited him in this temple of jazz, alongside Georges Arvanitas, Jean-Pierre Derouard, Marc Fosset, Jean-Lou Longnon, Christian Morin, Serge Rahoerson, Maxime Saury or high Rhoda Scott. Seen at le Petit Journal Saint-Michel with Patricia Lebeugle at Three Mailletz or Cave des Oubliettes with Philippe Combelle.

In 2000, he was invited to the International Music Academy, where he played for more than a year. He created, with Richard Paul Morellini, the septet MO'S before forming his first band "Harmo Co.," first with the Russian pianist Sacha Skriabin, nephew of composer Aleksander Skriabin and trio and quartet. In Morocco, he played at the festival Transes Atlantic before 30 000 spectators in Safi and El Jadida 15000, then in Germany, Luxembourg, Greece, Turkey ...

Member of the exclusive "Club-Med Artists" Alain Delhotal is a frequent guest of various backgrounds, ranging from rock to reggae sixties, through the band, music or African Gnawa.

He has performed with American jazz vocalist Manda Djinn, participated in several albums, and recorded music for films and for French television.

Testimonials

When I received my first Hohner Echo, I was seven or eight years old. Fifty years have passed and I still play on Hohner harmonicas. For jazz, I use Mellow Tone or Hard-Boper with the CX12, one for ballads and songs, the other two, to swing or New Orleans. For South America music, tango or samba, I play on a Super Chromonica gold, whose warm sound is similar to the bandoneon. For music from Central Europe or gypsy jazz, I play on a SUPER 64X, which are incomparable bass and tenor sax approach. Finally, one or two pieces of variety or French music, or classical, I take a Meisterklasse. Beyond the quality and diversity of instruments, for me, is Hohner harmonica that Pleyel and Gaveau piano are. They carry the tradition of the old continent.

Albums

Strongly influenced by jazz, the album "Harmo'Co" is a musical journey from West America to East Europe through New Orleans, Harlem, South America, Andalusia the Maghreb, Montmartre and Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Twelve tracks including four original creations, recording live with Manda Djinn and a medley tribute to the great Toots Thielemans.

Website

www.harmoco.com