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.
Alfred began to be interested in music at the age of 12 through rock music and in particular Jimi Hendrix, then quickly turned to jazz and what makes this music so attractive: improvisation. Graduated from the conservatories of Perpignan and Strasbourg, he plays with several jazz bands before founding in 2008 the Collectif Koa in Montpellier, of which he becomes the artistic director, which allows him to meet and work with Steve Coleman, Aka Moon, Magic Malik, Jim Black...
A versatile accompanist, he has had the pleasure of playing with Serge Lazarévitch, Joël Allouche, Jeroen Van Herzeele, Julien Lourau, Hugues Mayot, Franck Vaillant, John Tchicaï, Pierre Van Dormael, Cherif Soumano... A globetrotting musician, he has played in many countries in France and throughout the world.
Currently, he directs the Grand Ensemble Koa, and accompanies several groups including Gratitude Trio, Peemaï... Alfred directs and participates in many Soundpainting projects.
Alfred is a jazz teacher at the Conservatoire de Montpellier.
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.
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.
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)
Matthieu discovered jazz at the college of Marciac (college of initiation to jazz). He then joined various bands, including the jazz nonet " Elastic band " and the quartet of " Tania Margarit ", with which he participated in several festivals (Roquefères, Conilhac...) and Toulouse stages (Le Mandala, L'université Paul Sabatier...).
Matthieu also flirts with the music of the Maghreb within the group "Isatis", or with a more electro-rock repertoire within the "Dakodak quartet". He practices theater and musical storytelling in various companies.
He joined the "Melquiadès Quartet" in 2010, a group with which he will play 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 CNR of Perpignan.
In 2011, he won the soloist prize at the International Jazz Competition of Getxo (Netherlands) with the quartet "Melquiadès".
Guitarist, teacher and composer, Hervé began his career as an artist by multiplying experiences and encounters in the field of 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, then l'Oreille Hardie.
He is also a guitarist and arranger in the fields of electro pop (Tales & Remedies) and mixed music (Adjabel), and has had 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 film "Délaissé" directed by Marie Tavernier in 2009)
He has been teaching 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 the Collectif Koa, every year for the "Koa Jazz Festival" and for concerts for young audiences.
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?
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 end of musical studies (DEM). In several projects in Montpellier and Paris, Late notice (hip hop), Jeenko (funk, hip hop fusing with electro), he also has projects in duet with female singers, like with Ndobo Emma (RnB new wave, Neo soul), or with La Chica ! 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...
Born in Madagascar, Evlyn Andria spent her childhood in several countries of Africa and the Indian Ocean, thus keeping a particular affinity with world music, 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 CRR of Perpignan and Montpellier where she obtained a DEM of Jazz as well as at the JAM in Montpellier.
Her musical universe draws from world music, 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 the general public) and has created her own group, Kunzit, which combines music and visual arts.
Born in 1982 in Nîmes, he obtained a degree in musicology at the Paul Valery University in Montpellier in 2006. In parallel to his studies, he plays in various street music bands, with the Big Band de Jazz de Vauvert and in the band Tzigzag (tzigane fusion) with which he records a record and gives many concerts between 2003 and 2006.
Graduated in 2009 from the DEM of jazz of the CNR of Perpignan, he currently plays in the Grand Ensemble Koa (contemporary jazz), Born to Brass (metal band), Ethioda (ethio groove jazz), as well as various street bands. He teaches saxophone in Nîmes.
Caroline Lavina began her musical career by learning classical piano at the age of 7. During her teenage years, she turned to the guitar and it is only at university, in musicology, that she started singing and improvising, in Pierre Bensoussan's jazz workshop. It was also at this time that Caroline became interested in odd rhythms and polyrhythms, by participating in Joël Allouche's classes. She enters the jazz class of Serge Lazarevitch at the CRR of Montpellier, where she develops her technique and her knowledge in vocal jazz and obtains a DEM of jazz.
In 2015 she joins the folk band Woodentrees as a vocalist with choir and keyboards. In 2016, she joined the instrumentalist group Laiine, in which she sings, arranges and plays guitar. Caroline also fronts the band Marla and the Cool Chicken.
Born into a family of musicians, Daniel Moreau began playing the piano at the age of five. After a course at the Conservatoire du Tarn, where he obtained the 1st prize in classical piano, he moved on to the study of jazz at the CRR of Montpellier, with François Théberge and Pierre de Bethmann, as well as at the CRR 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 KOA collective in Montpellier, a grouping of artists around jazz and improvised music. The Grand Ensemble Koa, an explosive mini-big band, recorded "Koa-Roi" (Jazzman / Jazzmagazine Revelation record), "Ahimsha" and "Beat". In parallel with educational actions in schools such as "Jazz rencontres les mômes", 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. The band releases two albums "Araray" (2014) and then "Tezet Reset" (2016). Ethioda presents today its new creation "Timkat", inviting the rapper Mac Singe.
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 CRR of Montpellier-Méditerranée-Métropole, where he uses his experience and his passion for teaching.
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.
After four years at the conservatory of Nîmes, Pascal Bouvier obtained a DEM in classical slide trombone. He then specialized for two years at the CRR in Jacques Mauger's class, while at the same time obtaining a degree in musicology and a DEM in jazz at the Perpignan Conservatory 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 joined in 2009, the music hall orchestra Octane and the brass band Lorkès 974, for which he is also an arranger, as well as with the group Ethioda.
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.
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.
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.