A quartet as a complete world, based on both deep personal musical writing and intense collective play, two key ideas to face with a smile all aspects of a post-pandemic world, its uncertainty, its violence, and maybe its promises.

Thus, during multiple duo sessions, Pierre de Bethmann and Antoine Paganotti rediscovered themselves as neighbors at the end of the very first lockdown period, impatiently waiting for the moment to call Simon Tailleu, pillar of the Médium Ensemble, and David El Malek, immense partner of the ilium years, whose tenor playing has long established himself as one of the strongest voices of contemporary European jazz.

A complete world then, made of more or less expected forms, more or less tame melodic lines, more or less complex harmonies and rhythms... "and yet it sure swings". At least it's the way these four personalities feel about it, as they both share the love of a deep musical culture, as much as faith in a possible artistic future, together above all.

Perhaps also to recall the profound nature of art, even in a post-modern slump, as a source of emotion as much as of freedom, accepting all mysteries of existence to allow joy.


Spring 2023 : Reissue of GO (originally released in 2012 by Nocturne / Plus Loin)
2023 - 2024 : two new albums to come


Pierre de Bethmann, born in 1965 in Paris, was awarded Grand Prix Jazz de l'Académie Charles Cros 2016, Victoires du Jazz 2008, Django Reinhardt Prize 2004 (French Musician of the Year), Django d'Or 1998 (Prysm, Ensemble of the Year), and First Prize at Concours de La Défense 1994. He has teached at CNSMDP since 2008 (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris).


Go cover
2012, ALEA

Upcoming gigs

Thu 20 July 2023ParisSunside-Sunset
Réédition du disque


P2B 4tet /// PFH
P2B 4tet /// PFH

Previous gigs

Fri 13 January 2023Aix en ProvenceLe Petit Duc
Sat 15 October 2022Lagny sur MarneFestival Automne Jazz
Thu 7 July 2022ThionvilleFestival JazzPote
Fri 13 May 2022
Sat 14 May 2022
Tue 23 November 2021
Wed 24 November 2021
Tue 18 May 2021Aix en ProvenceLe Petit Duc
Wed 4 December 2013NantesPannonica
Tue 3 December 2013ParisSunside-Sunset
Sat 20 July 2013MontpellierThéâtre d'O
Thu 27 June 2013WolfisheimFestival
Fri 29 March 2013Rennes19.88
Tue 29 January 2013ParisSunside-Sunset
Tue 11 December 2012Cergy PontoiseThéâtre des Arts
Fri 16 November 2012StrasbourgClub TJP
Thu 15 November 2012MarseilleCri du Port
Thu 11 October 2012
Sat 13 October 2012
© Simon Tailleu

Current musicians

Pierre de Bethmann p, kb
David El Malek ts
Simon Tailleu b
Antoine Paganotti dms


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