YACINE BOULARES saxophonist, composer

Yacine Boulares is a French-Tunisian saxophonist, clarinetist and composer based in New York.

After graduating with a BA in Philosophy Yacine Boulares decides to take a year off to respond to the urge to play music. He takes his first music lessons and after studying under Andre Villeger for 3 years he wins the Esprit Jazz Festival Competition in Paris and is endorsed by Selmer saxophones (2006) A year later he enters the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where his horizons broaden under the influence of peers and mentors such as Riccardo Del Fra and Francois Theberge. He soon understands the necessity to go to the roots of Jazz and in 2009 he is granted a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary music on a merit scholarship.

In New York, the dream of meeting and playing with his idols becomes true and Yacine gets to learn from Chris Cheek, Donny Mc Caslin, Reggie Workman and with countless musicians who inspire him daily. But New York also exposes him to a myriad of different musics. Soon he is part of ex Fela Kuti' drummer Jojo Kuo' Afrobeat Collective, of late Cameroonian singer Martino Atangana's African Blue Note, of Haitian Kompa legends Tabou Combo. In their musics, he finds a deep echo to his North African roots and the Bikutsi rhythms from Cameroon become reminiscent of the trance rhythms and musics from Tunisia.

These influences urge him to find his own identity and his explorations of Cameroonian dance rhythms lead to the creation of the band AJOYO, a mystic brew of African tradition, jazz and soul. Yacine signs the music and lyrics of a repertoire that celebrates life, love and justice. The album is released in 2015 on Ropeadope Records and played on radios throughout the world from New Yorks' WNYC to French RFI, London's Jazz FM, National radio in Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria...

In the meantime, Yacine continues to play as a sideman both in the jazz repertoire with the likes of Sheila Jordan, Theo Bleckman and Becca Stevens and for various projects such as Japanese singer/songwriter Senri Oe (3 albums for Sony Japan).

In 2014 he is part of an intimate band picked by producer and arranger Robert Sadin to accompany Opera legend Placido Domingo on his remarkable record Encanto Del Mar. Yacine is featured both as a soloist and arranger of the Andalucian standard Lamma Bada and gets the chance to work closely with Ira Coleman, Mark Feldman, Rhani Khridja, Chico Pinheiro and Bridget Kibbey. This is also where he meets cellist Vincent Segal and gets the idea to explore the tunisian Stambeli repertoire with Vincent on cello and drummer Nasheet Waits.

In 2015 this project is granted the French American Jazz Exchange. The trio album will be recorded and released in 2017 with the French label Accords Croises.

Concurrently to his activities as a performer and a composer, Yacine teaches song-writing at the French Heritage Language Program. In 2014 he is commissioned to compose a Musical telling the story of underserved French speaking African and Haitian communities in the USA. The show Amidou & Toya was premiered in NY in May 2014. Yacine is a D'Addario woodwinds and Lebayle Mouthpieces artist.

                                      Yacine endorses 

DISCOGRAPHY

TRUE STORY - Onde Music 2017

Ben Rando | piano, composition, production Sarah Elizabeth Charles | voice, texts

 Yacine Boularès | saxophones Federico Casagrande | guitar Sam Favreau - bass

Cédrick Bec - drums

ABU SADIYA - Accords Croises 2017

Yacine Boulares soprano saxophone & bass clarinet

Vincent Segal cello & percussions

Nasheet Waits drums

AJOYO - ROPEADOPE RECORDS - 2015

AJOYO - ROPEADOPE RECORDS - 2015

AJOYO - Ropeadope Records 2015

Produced by Yacine Boulares & Jacques Schwarz-Bart

Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Linton Smith, Alon Albagli, Can Olgun, , Foluso Mimy,Guilhem Flouzat, Fred Doumbe, Thierry Arpino

SENRI OE TRIO - COLLECTIVE SCRIBBLE - PND RECORDS- 2015 

SENRI OE TRIO - COLLECTIVE SCRIBBLE - PND RECORDS- 2015 

 

Produced by Senri Oe

Senri Oe, Jim Robertson, Yacine Boulares

PLACIDO DOMINGO -ENCANTO DEL MAR - SONY CLASSICAL 2014

PLACIDO DOMINGO -ENCANTO DEL MAR - SONY CLASSICAL 2014

HYUNGHJIN CHO - tales of a dreamer - PND records -2014

HYUNGHJIN CHO - tales of a dreamer - PND records -2014

Dress Code 5tet - Far Away - 2009

Dress Code 5tet - Far Away - 2009

SENRI OE - Spooky Hotel -2013 - Sony Japan/ PND records

SENRI OE - Spooky Hotel -2013 - Sony Japan/ PND records

FRANKY ROUSSEAU - Hope - self-released 2012

FRANKY ROUSSEAU - Hope - self-released 2012

 

Produced by Robert Sadin.

Ira Coleman, Chico Pinheiro, Mark Feldman, Bridget Kibbey, Vincent Segal, Yacine Boulares, Patrick Messina, Cyro Baptista, Rhani Khrija...

 

 
 

Hyungjin Choi piano

Pablo Menares bass

Takuya Kuroda Trumpet

Uri Gurvish alto sax

Alex Wyatt drums

 
 

Yacine Boulares soprano/tenor sax

Olivier Laisney  trumpet

Yacine Boulares tenor sax

Benjamin Rando piano

Simon Tailleu double bass

Cedrick Bec drums

 

Senri Oe -piano & compositions

Etienne Charles: Trumpet        Adrian Cunningham- tenor sax/clarinet

Jaleel Shaw: alto sax               Yacine Boulares- soprano sax

Jim Robertson-bass                Reggie Quinerly-drums

Luis Bonilla- trombone            Daniel Barnidge-arrangements

 

FRANKY ROUSSEAU LARGE BAND

Austin Peralta – piano (featured)                   Trumpets

Arthur Hnatek – drums                            Ari Bragi Karason
Michael Valeanu – guitar                         Simon Millerd
Matt Rousseau – bass                             Cody Rowlands
Colin Fairbank – keyboard                       Sam Neufeld                                                                                        Carou Johnson

Trombones                                                Woodwinds

Gabriel Gagnon                                       Yacine Boulares
Kurtis Muller                                            Levon Henry
Raymond Carruthers                               Ilia Skibinsky
Felix Del Tredici                                      Dillon Baiocchi                                                                                       Sayre Schultz