New-York Historical Society

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We had a wonderful time playing for Centerbridge Partners in a beautiful hall at the New-York Historical Society. From left to right, Scott Tixier on violin, Yvonnick Prene on harmonica and Pasquale Grasso on guitar.

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Bastille Day 2014 in Harlem!

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Padam Swing Quartet at The Flatiron Room

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“Time stops when you pass through the doors of the Flatiron Room. Fifties-era Italian floral wallpaper, rolling library ladders, and a chandelier that once hung in the Smithsonian set the anachronistic mood; live jazz, performed on a velvet-curtained stage, seals ye olde deal. But what really takes a tippler back is the whiskey. Old, rare, indie, you name it—if it’s distilled from fermented grain, it’s probably here. There are nearly 700 bottles to choose from, including Gordon & MacPhail, the Maltman, and 27-year-old limited-run Glenmorangie Pride (sip slowly—it’s $800 per dram). A private room upstairs offers tastings and classes ($35 to $125), usually led by whiskey sommelier Heather Greene. If you take a liking to a particular spirit, purchase a bottle and it’ll be tagged with your name and stored in a private locker.”

New York Magazine

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Pierre Hotel

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Padam Swing returned for the second time at Pierre Hotel to perform for the University of Scranton Alumni Reception. It was a wonderful event and we were thrilled to be a part of it.

The Pierre stands today as a landmark hotel bestowing European grace and elegance – exactly what Charles Pierre had intended when he first created the hotel in the 1920s. Distinguished visitors from all over the world have wined and dined in the hotel’s Grand Ballroom and Cotillion Room, among them Germany’s Chancellor Helmut Kohl, French President Francois Mitterrand, Japanese Emperor Hirohito and Russia’s President Boris Yeltsin. Even celebrities such as Mary Tyler Moore and Barbara Walters have held their wedding receptions at the hotel. And literary icons that have called The Pierre their refuge include Dashiell Hammett, Lilian Hellman, John Grisham, Stephen King, Tom Wolfe and Terrence McNally.

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Sunday Jazz Brunch at Alice’s Harbor!

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Padam Swing’s Debut Album “Wonderful World” is Available

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Featuring: Yvonnick Prene (chromatic harmonica), Scott Tixier (violin), Michael King (piano), Michael Valeanu (guitar), Lorin Cohen (bass), Eric Wheeler (bass), Jay Sawyer (drums).

New York, NY – Brooklyn based quartet, Padam Swing are set to release their forthcoming album, Wonderful World, a triumphant effort that sees the group, as fronted by chromatic harmonicist, Yvonnick Prene, blend gorgeously layered textures of traditional gypsy jazz with licks of contemporary and modern groove.

Inspired by the musical genius of Django Reinhardt heard echoing through the streets of Paris during the 30’s and 40’s, Padam Swing continue an esteemed tradition with Wonderful World, while breathing a new light on modern jazz through experimentation of rapid tempos and bold key changes.

It’s a staggering achievement from the four pieces, comprised of Scott Tixier (violin), Michael Valeanu (guitar) and Lorin Cohen (bass), and lead by Yvonnick Prene, whose foundations in jazz were laid at an early age. “As a child I was often alone in my apartment in the suburbs of Paris – my parents were working late,” remembers Prene, who grew up listening to his father’s CD collection (think Rolling Stones, Muddy Water, Sonny Boy Williamson). “When I was 7, there was a guitar with broken strings and a plastic toy harmonica in the apartment, and I couldn’t use the guitar so I took the harmonica and started to bring it to school.”

Prene’s career officially began in Paris at 17. Since then, Prene has gone onto garner attention and gain prestigious awards for his outstanding showmanship, both as harmonica performer and composer. In 2007, Prene was named as a finalist in the “Trophées du Sunside” competition in Paris alongside his band, and was invited to participate in the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency Program in Washington D.C, 2011.

His distinction continued to elevate Prene amongst his peers in North America, and was the first harmonica player selected to audition for the distinguished Thelonious Monk Institute in Los Angeles, performing in front of jazz legends Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Heat, Kenny Burrell and James Newton. Following his audition, doors continued to open for Prene, and he was awarded multiple full-tuition scholarships at The City College of New York, (MICEFA 2007), Columbia University (Alliance Program, 2008) and at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (Merit-Based Scholarship, 2009). It was here are the New School that Prene had the opportunity to study with the masterful Lee Konitz, Reggie Washington, John Patittuci, Peter Bernstein, Charles Persip, Kevin Hays, Charles Tolliver, Ben Street, Jerome Sabbagh, and Aaron Goldberg.

After gaining his Masters in Music and Research at Sorbonne University in 2011, and a Bachelor of Art from the New School, Yvonne signed to Danish label, Steeple Chase Records, through which he released his stunning debut album, “Jour de Fete,” and saw Prene tour in almost every corner of the globe across Europe, North America and The Caribbean.

Wonderful World takes listeners on an ethereal journey, with original gypsy bossa tracks composed by Prene himself including the playful, “The Swimmer,” to Johnny Green’s exuberant “Coquette,” and the glittering “Duke Ellington’s Sound Of Love” composed by Charlie Mingus. It’s truly a modern masterpiece by some of the most talented contemporary musicians in the jazz world.

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Featuring: Yvonnick Prene (chromatic harmonica), Scott Tixier (violin), Michael King (piano), Michael Valeanu (guitar), Lorin Cohen (bass), Eric Wheeler (bass), Jay Sawyer (drums).

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Ghouls and Gourds 2013

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It was a thrilled to perform at The Brooklyn Botanic Garden for an afternoon Halloween celebration!

October 26th  2013

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The Pierre Hotel, University of Scranton, Gala

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On October 3rd, Padam Swing was invited to perform for at The Pierre Hotel for an private event organized by the University of Scranton.

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Lorin Cohen-bass, Yvonnick Prene-harmonica, Michael Valeanu-guitar, Scott Tixier-violin

 

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Bastille Day

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Celebrating Bastille Day at Maison Harlem! Sunday July 14th from 2 to 4pm and then 7 to 9pm

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Yvonnick Prene Debut Album’s “Jour de Fête” is out!

 Yvonnick Prene “Jour de Fete” is now available on iTunes, Amazon…!

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Reviews of “Jour de Fête” on SteepleChase Records :
 
“…Ballads and slower grooves are one of Prené’s strong points, but even when he embraces a fast tempo on “Obsessions” and John Coltrane’s “Satellite”, his harmonica playing has an ethereal quality…Jour de Fête is a consistently promising debut album from this young French improviser.”
The New York City Jazz Record-Alex Henderson
“A first disc balanced repertoire of original compositions and well arranged pieces of Gillespie, Coltrane, Jerome Kern … it shows an astonishing ease … Nils Winther, creator of SteepleChase and discoverer of many young talents, did no wrong in inviting Yvonnick Prene to join his label. ”
Phillipe Vincent, “Revelation 2013” par Jazz Magazine (France)

“….we find a young phenom determine to take the harmonica to a new sense of melodic intensity, dynamic tension and improvisational techniques missing from the instrument on a consistent basis for years…Jour de Fête is a happy record, brimming with an effervescent quality that accentuates the sublime artistic gift of Prené…In short, Prené is the real deal….” Brent Black – CriticalJazz.com

“Jour De Fete is his recorded initiation into the fraternal order of jazz harmonica aces; he’s now a part of the club for life. Dan Bilawsky – All About Jazz

“Le jeune musicien nourrit une fascination pour les Etats-Unis, il veut “sortir de la banlieue, aller aux sources du jazz…” Vincent Dozol – France-Amerique

“…His music is mysterious in the rhythmic twists and turns that pursue the often magical melodies that they are comprised of. His sense of harmony is also quite accomplished and this is revealed in the light and dark colours that are made to mingle into the music…” Raul da Gama, Jazz da Gama

“Yvonnick Prene is an exceptional musician who is opening up a wealth of possibilities for his underrated but beautiful instrument. “Jour de Fête” is the perfect introduction for this young master of the harmonica.”
The Jazz Chill Corner

“In a genre where saxophonists, pianists and guitarists dominate, it’s refreshing to hear this relatively uncommon instrument…We absolutely recommend this album.”
Shannon Kennedy – Teens Jazz

 
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