Who are we ?
The Collectif Koa was born from a human, musical and artistic encounter within the big band class of the Regional Conservatory of Perpignan in 2006, directed by Alfred Vilayleck. After a year of work, it was inconceivable for these 9 musicians to stop there: the founding members met in November 2007 to form and create the Collectif Koa. For 14 years now, Koa has been making sure to address all audiences, and to promote the mixed origins of jazz and improvised music.
- Artistic creation: by providing technical, logistical and financial support for projects developed by the members of the Collective.
- Diffusion : by proposing an eclectic program in the partner structures.
- Raising awareness & mediation : a playful and interactive meeting around a jazz concert, for the youngest “Jazz meets kids”.
- Soundpainting : initiation to the language of direction [created by Walter Thompson] which is organized around an improvised and ephemeral musical creation. Musicians and artists of all backgrounds and levels can meet on stage.
- Initiation to jazz improvisation: do not hesitate to contact us to build with our pedagogical team an adapted program.
Guitarist, teacher and composer, Hervé began his career as an artist by multiplying experiences and encounters in jazz and improvised music: Olivier Py, Guillaume Orti, Emiliano Turi, Bruno Shorp, Oktopussy Tuba Orchestra, and by setting up his own projects, for which he composes: Le diable à Quatre and l'Oreille Hardie. He is also a guitarist and arranger in electro pop with Tales & Remedies and mixed music with Adjabel, and has the opportunity to play with Jean Philippe Rykiel, Roger Raspail, Adama Dramé. He writes and records for television and cinema (retrospective of the year 2011 on France 2, the short "Délaissé" directed by Marie Tavernier in 2009). He teaches jazz at the CIM in Paris for 10 years and holds a state diploma in jazz and a diploma as a specialized assistant in artistic education. Since he lives in Montpellier, Hervé collaborates with Collectif Koa, for Koa Jazz Festival and for kids concerts.
Léo started playing the piano at the age of 3 and followed classical and jazz music until he was 18. At the same time, he discovered the electric bass at the age of 13 and from then on studied jazz.
After a period in the Faculty of Medicine, he entered the Montpellier Conservatory in Jazz at the age of 18, under the direction of Serge Lazarevitch. While starting his professional career (Trios, Quartet, BigBands) he obtained his DEM Jazz 3 years later. From then on, he diversified his professional activity by joining the Richard Gardet Orchestra, renowned for accompanying variety artists of all eras, with whom he tours throughout the year. He can be found alongside Natasha St Pier, a large number of 80's stars, artists from The Voice, as well as on France Television programs.
At the same time he is actively developing his career in Jazz, preparing his personal project while also being active on the stages and festivals of France alongside Laurent Coulondre.
At 12, Alfred begins playing rock music, then he quickly turns to jazz and improvisations. Graduated from the Perpignan and Strasbourg conservatories, he plays with several jazz bands before founding Collectif Koa in Montpellier in 2008. He collaborates with Steve Coleman, Aka Moon, Magic Malik, Jim Black. Versatile accompanist and traveller musician, he plays with Serge Lazarevitch, Joël Allouche, Jeroen Van Herzeele, Julien Lourau, John Tchicaï, Pierre Van Dormael, Cherif Soumano. Currently, he leads the Grand Ensemble Koa, contributes to several bands such as Gratitude Trio, Peemaï, Kunzit and the family illustrated concert Nefertiti. Alfred teaches jazz at the Conservatoire of Montpellier and also leads many Soundpainting projects.
Drummer, composer, arranger, Franck Vaillant is above all, an adventurous and productive musician.
He has recorded more than sixty albums, including seven as a leader (Benzine and Thisisatrio) and plays all over the world, through numerous collaborations.
Self-taught, he learns to read music relatively late, which allows him to acquire other keys and openings in his composition work, which he has been practicing for several years.
A creative musician, he proliferates by enriching each of his collaborations with a very personal touch. He is one of those who are in search of extracting the panels of colors and sounds that a drum set offers to better serve the music and his passion for groove. His activity as a sideman in contemporary jazz is intense. We could see him at the sides of:
Sarah Murcia, Sylvain Cathala, Gilles Coronado, Olivier Py, Michel Portal, Guillaume Orti, Stéphane Payen, Benoit Delbecq, Jozef Dumoulin, Magic Malik Mezzadri, Julien Lourau, Bojan Z, Yves Robert, Bruno Chevillon,Nelson Veras, Thomas de Pourquery, Elise Caron, Christophe Monniot, Médéric Collignon, Stéphanus Vivens, Laurent Dehors, Louis Sclavis, Emmanuel Bex, Hubert Dupont, Marc Ducret, Laurent Blondiau, Antoine Prawerman, Pierre Van Dormael. Vincent Courtois, Edward Perraud, Brad Scott, François Thuiller, Daniel Casimir, Yaron Herman, David Chevallier, Alban Darche, Vincent Ségal, Claude Barthélémy.
He gave many concerts with Wax'In, Varans de Komodo, Kabal, Arthur H, Fred Poulet, Jeanne Balibar, LO'JO, Mike Carley, and occasionally played with Alain Bashung, Philippe Katerine, Brigitte Fontaine, Izia, Franck Monnet, Mélissa Lavaux, Brad Scott, Bertrand Belin, Tatiana Mlanedovitch, Supersonic, Dave, Mark Tompkins, Richie Heavens, Hugues Coltman,...
Franck Vaillant participated for 4 years (450 concerts) in the Rock world adventure of LO'JO, the band from Anjou created in 1982 which after ten albums remains more known abroad than in France.
For several years, he has participated in the research workshops of ARTE France and in Paul Ouazan's programs directed by Sarah Murcia.
Matthieu discovers jazz at the college of Marciac (college of jazz initiation). He then joins various bands, including the jazz 9tet Elastic band and the Tania Margarit 4tet, with which he performs in several festivals (Roquefères, Conilhac) and Toulouse stages (Mandala Jazz Club, Paul Sabatier University). Matthieu also flirts with the Maghrebian music with Isatis band, or with a more electro-rock repertoire with Dakodak Quartet. He practices theater and musical storytelling in various companies. He joins Melquiadès Quartet in 2010, a group with which he plays in various festivals in France and abroad. In 2013, the quartet invites saxophonist Julien Lourau for the project "Mapamundi". In 2008, he obtains his DUMI (University Diploma of Intervening Musician), and in 2009 his DEM of Jazz at the Conservatory of Perpignan. In 2011, he wins the soloist prize at the International Jazz Competition of Getxo (Netherlands) with Melquiadès Quartet.
Julien Grégoire entered the Montpellier Conservatory in percussion and then the Perpignan Conservatory, obtaining the DEM in drums and jazz.
Julien Grégoire has performed with artists such as Julien Lourau, Bojan Z, Enildo Rasua, Salvador Niebla, Xavi Reija, Joël Allouche, Magik Malik, Steve Coleman.
He regularly performs with Joanda, La Varda and the Born to brass band. He also plays with the Yoda quartet, the Melquiadès quartet, the Grand ensemble Koa, the Darjiling quintet, but also with the big-band Red Star Orchestra.
He also created his current jazz quartet project Watcher Hill as well as a co-lead trio: Zylia with pianist Rémi Ploton and vibraphonist Samuel Mastorakis.
He is also a drum rhythm and ensemble teacher at the CFPM school in Montpellier.
Gilles Coronado is a chameleon guitarist living in Paris since 1991. He participated in the emergence of the new improvised music scene during the 90s, embodied by the club "Les Instants Chavirés". In 1994, he founded the group Urban Mood, participated in Sarah Murcia's group Caroline, shared experiences with contemporary dance (Mathilde Monnier, Catherine Contour, Thierry Baë, Loïc Touzé,...), recorded with Katerine and Francis et ses Peintres. A musician in all fields, he is also involved in actions for France Culture, a musical creation for "Tephra Formations" at the Beaubourg Center (a piece by Philippe Katerine and the designer Robert Stadler), as well as musical programs for Arte.
Hugues Mayot is a saxophonist and clarinettist from Lorraine. After studying at the conservatories of Metz and Strasbourg, as well as at the CNSM in Paris, he was recruited by Marc Ducret to participate in his big band Le Sens de la Marche. From then on, he multiplies collaborations in the field of jazz and improvised music, but also in the field of world music and traditional music. Currently, he writes and plays in his two projects as a leader: What if? with Jozef Dumoulin, Franck Vaillant and Joachim Orent, and L'Arbre Rouge, with Théo and Valentin Ceccaldi, Joachim Florent and Sophie Bernado and participates in Fidel Fourneyron's projects Que Vola?
Born into a family of musicians, Daniel Moreau began playing the piano at the age of five. After a course at the Conservatoire of Tarn, where he obtained the 1st prize in classical piano, he moved on to the study of jazz at the Conservatory of Montpellier, with François Theberge and Pierre de Bethmann, as well as at the Conservatory of Perpignan with Serge Lazarevitch, where he obtained the DEM jazz in 2007. At the end of his studies, Daniel participated in the creation of the Collectif Koa in Montpellier, a grouping of artists around jazz and improvised music. In parallel with educational actions in schools such as "Jazz meets kids", the collective is also the place of numerous collaborations, with notably Aka Moon, Magic Malik, Mââk Spirit, Marc Ducret. Very present on the gospel scene in Montpellier, he went on tour in 2012 with the group Gospel Soul in Europe, then the singer Deedee Daniel in the United States and Africa (Morocco, Senegal).The same year, he stayed in Havana, Cuba and made the decisive meeting of pianists Ernan Lopez Nussa and Rolando Luna (Buena Vista Social Club). In addition, Daniel became fascinated with Ethiopian music and founded the group Ethioda, a true fusion of Afro-beat and jazz, inspired by the grooves of Addis Ababa. Daniel also collaborates since 2017 with Magic Malik Fanfare XP and Gazy Jazz Project led by double bass player Gabrielle Randrian Koelhlhoeffer. At the same time, the violinist Elsa Tsuya Mionet invited him to the musical re-adaptation of the Japanese ancestral tale "The Legend of Mimi-NashiHoïchi" alongside Mie Ugura, Mieko Miyazaki and Philippe Montaigne, in partnership with the Paris City Hall and the elementary school of the XIXth district. Holder of the State Diploma of Jazz, Daniel Moreau teaches in the jazz and improvised music department of the Conservatory of Montpellier, where he uses his experience and his passion for teaching.
Louis is a French drummer and composer living in Belgium since he started his music studies at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven in 2003. He holds a Master's degree in Jazz (thanks to the support of Dre Pallemaerts and Pierre Van Dormael!) and is a certified teacher.
Prior to his studies he studied with Serge Lazarevitch and André Mallau at the Conservatory of Perpignan. As an accompanist he played with great musicians such as Pierre Van Dormael, Ewout Pierreux, Philippe Aerts, Michel Hatzigeorgiou [Aka Moon], Manolo Cabras, Robin Verheyen, Joachim Saerens, Pieterjan Seaux, Steven Delannoye and Tuur Florizoone. He also played for several years with Lokomotiv, a touring band from Leuven led by Jo Zanders with whom he played in many festivals in Europe [Belgium, Portugal, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, England, France].
In 2009 he played with Selah Sue for a year and together they composed the hits "This world" and "My Direction". He also played with Egon [jazz/soul], Maarten Decombel Trio [folk], DooDooDown [rhythm and blues mixed with improvisation], Roselien Tobbackx [pop]. Since 2009 he accompanies the contemporary dance classes of the Humanités-Danse of Louvain-La-Neuve by being an orchestra by himself: drums, keyboard and vocals.
Born in 1982 in Nîmes, he obtains a degree in musicology at the Paul Valery University in Montpellier in 2006. Next to his studies, he plays in various street bands, with the Vauvert Jazz Big Band and in the band Tzigzag (tzigane fusion) with which he records a record and gives many concerts between 2003 and 2006. Graduated in 2009 with the DEM of jazz at the Conservatory of Perpignan, he currently plays with the Grand Ensemble Koa (contemporary jazz), Born to Brass (metal), Ethioda (groove jazz), as well as various street bands. He teaches saxophone in Nîmes.
Killian studied music at the conservatory of Montpellier in a classical (percussion) and jazz (drums and piano) curriculum, he then obtained the two diplomas of musical studies (DEM). In several projects in Montpellier and Paris, Late notice (hip hop), Jeenko (funk, hip hop, electro), he also has projects in duet with female singers, like with Ndobo Emma (r'n'b, new wave, neo soul), or with La Chica. Now he forms the duo De Phase (jazz, modern soul, mao) with Pablo Auguste. His influences on piano as well as drums, vary between jazz and hip hop in the broadest sense: Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis' quartet, Coltrane, Tony Williams.
Trained at the conservatories of Béziers and Marseille, Jérôme Dufour also holds a degree in musicology from the University of Montpellier, a DEM and DE jazz from the CRR of Perpignan obtained under the direction of Serge Lazarevitch. He is currently teaching at the CRR of Montpellier and Béziers.
He has performed in France and around the world in projects with artists such as Fethi Tabet, Didier Levallet, Pierre Diaz, Frédéric Monino... He is co-founder of the Abrazz'band, currently plays with Jazzimut Quartet, Têtaclak and participates in various musical projects with Serge Lazarevitch, Joël Allouche, WART, Continuum, Koa, while developing an activity of education in improvised music through educational concerts.
Thanks to his musician father, Jeroen had the opportunity to play jazz standards on stage at a very young age.
After short studies of classical saxophone, he dedicated his life to jazz and started to participate in workshops and seminars, while following courses at the Jazzstudio of Antwerp. Very soon, Jeroen explored other forms of music (freejazz, rock, blues, soul, gospel...), clearly present in the recordings of Gratitude Trio.
Jeroen has his own sound: intimate, spiritual and instinctive, a sound in tune with his soul. He is constantly trying to perfect the language of jazz, looking for an initiatory experience in confrontation with the changes of a constantly changing mode. He likes to go far in the improvisations carried by urban rhythms without losing the power of his acoustic music, his breath.
Sandra started her musical training with singing, as a self-taught person.
Also a musician, she started playing the piano at the age of 10 in classical music, at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Perpignan (66).
As a teenager, Sandra turned to jazz, joining Serge Lazarevitch's class.
She then moved to Rome where she studied at the Saint Louis College of Music.
Her professional career really begins in 2011, when she returns to France; she plays and sings in many formations and integrates two musicals of the Syppox theater / production.
In 2019 she obtained her DEM of jazz at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Montpellier (34) and set up her trio (Sandra Cipolat Trio), she also plays in "la substance" (a hip-hop 7tet) and was the pianist of the GRÔo (first edition) under the direction of Fred Pallem.
Born in Madagascar, Evlyn Andria spent her childhood in several countries of Africa and the Indian Ocean, thus keeping a particular affinity with music from all around the world, a creative sense and a developed inner world. Her parents cradled her in an atmosphere of self-taught singing and playing of various instruments. During her studies of visual arts, she elaborates a video creation for which she writes a series of musical compositions. Following this experience, which fascinated her, she formed her first group and turned to the profession of musician-composer. She trained at the Conservatories of Perpignan and Montpellier where she obtained her jazz degree and also at the JAM in Montpellier. Her musical universe draws from various aesthetics: jazz, repetitive music and contemporary music. As a composer she participates in several creative projects (Malakite, Soava, Andria 4tet). Evlyn Andria is also involved in multidisciplinary projects, such as Kadabrak (music and dance show for all audiences) and has created her own group, Kunzit, which combines music and visual arts.
From Connie & Blyde (chanson), to Banan'N'Jug (dirty blues and calypso), to the Grand Ensemble Koa (jazz fusion), Caroline Sentis explores vocal techniques and instrumentations through singular horizons. Concert after concert, she reveals the full extent of her vocal and instrumental mastery. She explores the sonorities of her voice, walks it and modulates it according to the compositions, from jazz to song. Caroline Sentis is used to all types of music, and is well versed in perpetual learning, from her self-taught years to classes at the Montpellier Conservatory. She imagines bridges between her influences through duo, group or orchestra formations. Benevolence, humility and contagious good humor nourish her collaborations, always lulled with sincerity and theatrical, dreamlike and lyrical dimensions.
(by Céline Cauvi)
After four years at the conservatory of Nîmes, Pascal Bouvier obtaines his classical slide trombone degree. He then specializes for two years in Jacques Mauger's class, while at the same time obtaining his degrees in musicology and in jazz at the Conservatory of Perpignan with Serge Lazarevitch. He evolves within eclectic projects, from the symphonic orchestra to the big band through the brass band, rock, Latin and jazz combos with which he goes on national and European tours, records several albums and performs during numerous international festivals in France and abroad. He is currently pursuing his career as a trombonist with the Collectif Koa, which he joines in 2009, the music hall orchestra Octane and the brass band Lorkès 974, for which he is also an arranger, and also the band Ethioda.
Caroline Lavina begins her musical career by learning classical piano at the age of 7. During her teenage years, she turns to the guitar and it is only at the university, in musicology, that she starts singing and improvising, in Pierre Bensoussan's jazz workshop. It is also at this time that Caroline becomes interested in odd rhythms and polyrhythms, by participating in Joël Allouche's classes. She enters the jazz class of Serge Lazarevitch at the Conservatory of Montpellier, where she develops her technique and her knowledge in vocal jazz and obtains her jazz degree. In 2015, she joins the folk band Woodentrees as a vocalist with choir & keyboards. In 2016, she joins the instrumentalist group Laiine, in which she sings, arranges and plays guitar. Caroline also fronts the band Marla & the Cool Chicken.