Louis de Mieulle - bassist, composer
Read an interview Louis had for StefanLiberski.com here:
Born and raised in Paris, France, bassist/composer Louis de Mieulle started his musical education at 7, playing the cello. After switching to the bass guitar, he eventually graduated from the National Conservatory of Paris (classical writing), the American School (jazz), and then moved to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music.
He released his first solo album in 2011, Defense Mechanisms. Recorded in New York City with prodigies Matt Garstka (drums) and Casimir Liberski (piano), it blends the experimental and the accessible in an unusual way. "Is there such a thing as “math-jazz”? I’ve no idea, but it will have you tapping your toe and scratching your head at one and the same time. (...) An engaging and sometimes challenging, but always entertaining listen (...)" (Roger Trenwith - DPRP)
As a sideman, he expanded his style palette with people as diverse as Lulu Gainsbourg (pop), Casimir Liberski (jazz fusion), Sould’Out NYC (soul/funk), Uglybraine (hip-hop), Nate Hook (avant jazz), Kesiena (rock), Yacouba Diabate (afrobeat), Peyton Pleninger (post M Base).
And staying loyal to his classical roots, he won a composition contest with the comic opera “Tres Para Una” in 2006, co-written with Augustin d'Assignies and Edward Greaves.
Louis' second solo album, "Stars, Plants and Bugs", was released in 2015 on a new belgian label, Dalang!Records. It features old partners Matt Gartska (now also drummer of Animals as Leaders), Casimir Liberski (keys), and new members Sarpay "SharpEye" Özçagatay (flutist extraordinaire) and Tareq Rantisi (percussion).
The music is purposedly different from the one on DEFENSE MECHANISMS (2011), which was mostly a bass and drums groove thing. More based on melodic counterpoint, harmonic colours, and sonic textures, the new album is more intimate as well. The systematic developments have been replaced by instinctive ideas.
It's also a concept album, in the tradition of the 1970s Greats. The surrealist storyline features vibrant constellations, ancient trees and neurotic insects. Apparently naïve but filled with (reasonably) profound metaphors about Life and Death, it can be seen as the soundtrack for an imaginary cartoon.
That old school feeling is accentuated by the diversity of styles. Neo-classical, electric jazz, chamber pop, electronica, indian classical, math groove: that eclectic blend evokes an era that was more free from compartmentalization.
"This album is a departure from predictable and frankly uninspiring prog normalcy" [Roger Trenwith - The Progressive Aspect]. More reviews HERE
2016 will see the release of Nate Hook's first full-length, "Progressive Overload" - featuring Billy Test, Travis Reuter and Paolo Cantarella. Also EarPrints' first album - featuring Renato Diz and Raphaël Pannier.
2017 will see the release of Sould'out NYC's first full length.
Louis is currently working on his third album, an "extreme blend of Meshuggah polymeters and Classical counterpoint"...