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  • Harmonica Player Reyhan Naufal | Teen Jazz Artist

    Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

    Hohner

    Why did you begin studying music?

    Because its my soul.

    What are you doing with music right now?

    I am working as a freelance musician.

    Who are some of your influences?

    Howard Levy, Wynton Marsalis, Didier Lockwood, Pat Metheny, Indra Lesmana, Benny Likumahua etc.

    Harmonica Player Reyhan Naufal

    Located in Jakarta, Indonesia

    • 10 hole – Diatonic Harmonica
    • Playing for 5 years

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    Who do you/have you studied with?

    I’ve studied with Benny Likumahua.

    What do you plan on doing with music in the future?

    I plan on working as a professional musician, collaboration with the international musician

    Anything else you would like to add?

    Born in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1997, Reyharp or Reyhan Naufal is one of the young shooting stars emerging on the contemporary harmonica scene. Reyharp plays blues and jazz on the diatonic harp with a maturity and assurance which belies his years and astonished listeners at the prestigious Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival 2012, where he won the diatonic contest in the face of stiff competition. Reyharp is a promising man in harmonica world.

    He first started playing harmonica when he chanced upon a HOHNER Blues Harp, lying in his uncle’s cupboard. The unique form of the little instrument exerted a powerful fascination on the young Reyharp and he felt instantly drawn to it. He soon started learning to play the blues with his uncle as well as developing his musical talents by studying jazz on his own.

    Reyharp proved to be a quick learner and he now plays the diatonic harmonica chromatically through the use of controlled bending and overbending. Despite his youth, he has already gathered considerable musical experience and has performed numerous live gigs as well as appearing on concert stages and winning several awards, local and international.

    Reyharp was very like to all kinds of music. He played all kinds of jazz styles,such as swing,be bop,latin,and contemporary styles. He also endorsed by the largest harmonica company in the world,Hohner Harmonica, which he became the youngest endorse.

    AWARDS:

    2010: English First Indonesia Got Talent, Jakarta, Indonesia
    2011: 1st place Annual Performance Art Contest, Junmior high School, Jakarta
    2012: 1st place Asia Pacific Harmonica Championship, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


     

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    April 10, 2014 • Up and Coming Musicians • Views: 1201

  • Review of Yvonnick Prené’s Album Wonderful World

    It hasn’t been long since harmonica player Yvonnick Prené’s last release – he made his debut just under a year ago with “Jour de Fête” in March 2013 – but that hasn’t stopped the New York based musician from heading back into the studio to produce yet another outstanding project. And so, it is with absolute pleasure that we introduce you to “Wonderful World”, the latest release from Yvonnick Prené and Padam Swing.

    “Wonderful World,” Yvonnick Prené’s sophomore record, was released in December 2013 and it features a new side of the up and coming artist as part of the group Padam Swing. While “Jour de Fête”, his debut project, showcases Prené’s talents as a jazz harmonica player, “Wonderful World” pays homage to the gypsy jazz style and it’s clear that the artist feels quite at home in the two genres.

    The album commences with “Coquette”, a jazz and gypsy standard composed by Johnny Green and Carmen Lombardo in 1928. The tune is the perfect introduction to the release and sets the tone for the heartfelt ballads, standards, and jazz manouche style works that make up “Wonderful World.”

    The title track, “What a Wonderful World”, showcases Prené as part of an intimate arrangement that, along with Sting’s “Shape of My Heart” and Charles Mingus’ “Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love” make up the beautifully performed ballads from the album.

    “La Valse d’Amy”, an original composition penned by Prené is probably one of my favorite tracks from the album. It is the epitome of the French music styles that have pervaded the Paris streets since the jazz manouche style began to establish its roots under Django Reinhardt in the 1930s.

    The other tracks on the album vary from the Latin-infused “Desafinado” to Coltrane’s “Pent-Up House” and Reinhardt’s “Troublant Bolero”. The songs are certainly diverse, but it makes the project a captivating and intriguing listen from start to finish.

    Overall, this is an excellent project and highly recommended. A few of the tracks from Yvonnick Prene’s “Wonderful World” are definitely in my “favorites” playlist.

    The group, Padam Swing, is comprised of Scott Tixier on violin, Michael Valeanu on guitar, Lorin Cohen on bass and Yvonnick Prené on harmonica. You can read our interview with Yvonnick Prené here as well as our review of his first album, “Jour de Fête.”

    Get Wonderful World on Amazon

    Title: Wonderful World
    Artist: Yvonnick Prené & Padam Swing
    Date: December 16, 2013
    Genre: Gypsy Jazz
    Label: Yvonnick Prené

    Tracks:

    01 Coquette
    02 What a Wonderful World
    03 Desafinado
    04 La Valse d’Amy
    05 Strollin’
    06 Shape of My Heart
    07 Troublant Bolero
    08 All of Me
    09 Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love
    10 The Swimmer
    11 Pent-Up House

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    February 19, 2014 • Reviews • Views: 1194

  • Review of Yvonnick Prené’s Album Jour de Fête

    Parisian harmonica player Yvonnick Prené recently released his debut album as a solo artist (March 2013) and in just over a month, the album has already earned considerable success and recognition amongst jazz fans and critics.

    Jour de Fête, Prené’s début release, is a collection of seven original compositions and four jazz covers. It features Prené on harmonica alongside Michael Valeanu and Isaac Darche on guitar, Javi Santiago on piano, Or Bareket and Phil Donkin on bass, Jesse Simpson and Owen Erickson on Drums.

    Jour de Fête not only showcases Prené’s talent as a player, but he also shines as an up and coming composer with this project. Drawing inspiration from his influences such as Stevie Wonder, Toots Thielemans, and Gregoire Maret as well as his life in New York, Yvonnick adds his own voice to the jazz genre with his reflective compositions and unique approach to the harmonica. As he said in the liner notes of the album, “Each song is an echo of my experiences living in New York City for the past four years and reflects the varied influences of music that inspire me, including jazz, Hip Hop and Brazilian music. My vision for this debut album is to take the harmonica into uncharted territories, expose it to challenging situations, and in the process create something pleasing for the ears.”

    The album opens with “Obsessions,” an original by Prené said to reflect his “continuous quest to perfect music and to achieve fearlessness as a soloist and composer.” Following the opening track is “Thais” and Jay Livingston’s and Ray Evans’ “Never Let Me Go.” John Coltrane’s “Satellite” is fourth on the album and is a great homage to the legendary saxophonist.

    “As Night Falls,” the fifth track on the album features a melodic exchange between Yvonnick on harmonica and Isaac Darche on guitar with solos by Or Bareket and Yvonnick.

    After “As Night Falls” is Dizzy Gillespie’s “Con Alma,” and then Prené’s “Home.”

    My favorite song from the album, “A Billion Stars,” features a catchy piano riff, the voice of Ray Bradbury (the song is a tribute to the great Science Fiction writer), and intricate yet excellently performed solos from Yvonnick and Javo Santiago (piano).

    To close out the album is Jerome Kern’s “Nobody Else But Me,” and two more original, “Escale” and “Jour de Fête.”

    In a genre where saxophonists, pianists and guitarists dominate, it’s refreshing to hear this relatively uncommon instrument. Yvonnick Prené’s performance and compositional styles are most definitely a welcome addition to our album shelves. We absolutely recommend this album.

    Prené began playing the diatonic harmonica at the age of 8, and at 17 switched to the chromatic harmonica after hearing Charlie Parker to delve into the jazz realm. He has since earned a Master’s degree in Music and Research at the Sorbonne University as well as numerous awards.

    Since, he has moved to Brooklyn, New York where he opened the New York Harmonica School. The NY Harmonica School aims to provide harmonica players of all levels with a place to learn and jam together, get constructive feedback on their playing and meet in a friendly atmosphere.

    Yvonnick Prené has had the opportunity to record and perform with musicians such as Manu Katche, Nate Smith, Ira Coleman, Ben Street, Laurent de Wilde, Alexandre Tassel Dave Glasser, and more. Read our interview with him here.

    For more information on Yvonnick, his harmonica school and his music, visit:
    Artist website | YouTube Channel | New York Harmonica School

    Get Jour de Fête on Amazon

    Title: Jour de Fête
    Artist: Yvonnick Prené
    Date: March 10, 2013
    Genre: Jazz
    Label: SteepleChase LookOut

    Tracks:

    01 Obsessions
    02 Thais
    03 Never Let Me Go
    04 Satellite
    05 As Night Falls
    06 Con Alma
    07 Home
    08 A Billion Stars
    09 Nobody Else But Me
    10 Escale
    11 Jour de Fête

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    April 15, 2013 • Reviews • Views: 1150