Yves Arques


Yves Arques is a french improviser living in Germany, active in the experimental music scenes of these both countries. He studied
piano jazz, classical composition and choral conducting in the music shools of Grenoble, Chambéry, Paris and Lausanne, and also
participated to many workshops with Bruno Chevillon, Marc Ducret, Joëlle Léandre, Jacques Demierre and Guillaume Orti. He
developped his playing on the prepared piano as well as on a self-made electro-acoustic setup. He’s currently taking part in several projects including Lemaire/Arques (Tricollectif), Pareidolia (JACC), Gelber Flieder, Todos los Pajaros, Moon Phases and also founded the Ensemble Maât, that works collectively on mixing composition with improvisation. With these projects, Yves Arques has released the following recordings: "De l'eau la nuit" (Tricollection 2015), "Meditation #4" (2017), "Trobar Beams" (2017), "Eclipse" (2017) and "Selon le vent" (JACC Records 2018). He was also invited to different festivals throughout Europe and South America such as: Soirées Tricots 2015 (Paris, FR), Blurred Edges 2016 (Hamburg, DE), Festival International de Jazz 2016 (Buenos Aires, AR), JACC Festival 2017 (Coimbra, PT), Détours de Babel 2015 (Grenoble, FR).

Moved by an interest for uruguayan (his home country) popular music and jazz, Alvaro Rosso began playing the electric bass, but soon turned to the double bass, starting his studies at the University School of Music of Montevideo, making contact with classical music and the basic technique of the instrument. The interest in learning and deepening his knowledge of the double bass takes him to France, where he continued his studies. Also in France, having classes with professors like Stephan Olivia or Jean-Marc Foltz, Alvaro begins developing his interest in contemporary language and free improvisation. After a master’s degree in Spain focused in the double bass’ contemporary repertoire, extended techniques and experimentation, he moves to Portugal, where he currently lives and works. Alvaro is a musician with rich and diverse background and experience, who has worked with symphony orchestras, ballets and operas, as well as popular or experimental roots projects, including theater, dance or image. Today, in addition to being a teacher, he develops and collaborates with many classical orchestras in Portugal as well as several projects, especially in mainstream jazz and free improvisation / instant composition with musicians like Abdul Moimeme, Albert Cirera, Ernesto Rodrigues, Miguel Mira, Fred Lomberg-Holm, Nicola Guazzaloca, Carlos ‘Zingaro’, among others.