Zyriab Trio
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Daniel Mirabeau, saxophonist, has taken on the imprimatur of Maghrebian culture. His "Zyriab trio" plays a blend of oriental and Western jazz or improvised music. This music charms and captivates, in the sense that listening to it is a compelling pleasure, and with eyes half-closed you might almost smell jasmine wafting in the air at the Clef de Voute. Alain Polloni delights in picking up his double bass like a guembri and taking off for other climes. Sébastien Mourant on drums makes himself quite at home in these cross-cultural projects, passport in his pocket, playing in jaunty step to the sway of the caravan. - Pascal Derathé, Jazz letter

It was human affinities that brought the Zyriab Trio – an oriental jazz trio – together. It is this thirst for knowledge of “somewhere else” that leads to personal changes. Here, jazz and Eastern music mingle to create something new, while each member asserts his identity. - Monique Degouttes


Still working on that hot first release.



As it cuts swaths through improvised forms of music
Zyriab creates, drawing on cross-culturality, blending the melodies of the Maghreb with the roughness of raw sounds.
Now the melody bursts into sharp fragments,
now it soothes us, with its jasmine fragrance.
The Zyriab trio beckons you to let yourself be transported by their music to some unexpected location. The sax, clad in its tawdry jazz rags, dons resonances reminiscent of the ney, the double bass is played like a guembri and the drums like the darbuka.
Pretence and paradoxes…

Artist's biography:

Daniel Mirabeau saxophones

Daniel is a polyvalent musician who enjoys wandering and exploring the paths of improvisation, he has developed a colourful and rhythmic way of playing.
Given that the music of the Middle East and North Africa has been a significant source of inspiration for him, he has furthered his approach of it at the Tunis conservatory in 2004.
With his own trio, he explores new uncharted musical territories from both sides of the Mediterranean Sea.
He regularly collaborates with the Oud virtuoso Khaled Ben Yahia.
He has also worked with Kudsi Erguner (ney turc),Dorsaf Hamdani (Tunisia songs), Bechir Selmi, Riadh Ben Amor (Tunisian violin), Lassad Hosni (Tunisian percussions), Mohamed Osman (bouzok Syria), Zad Multaka (Lebanon, piano).
As a jazz musician he has also performed with Antoine Hervé, Jerry Bergonzi, Sangoma Everett, the Cie Lubat.
Being fully open to artistic crossroads, he collaborates with comedian Samuel Jaudon among others for musical readings (Comme un chant secret, La vengeance de Mahir) and for the show Tout Feu Tout Femme à Claude Nougaro

Alain Pollonni double-bass

Being a complete musician, he’s as comfortable in Jazz as he is in symphonic orchestras.
After studying at the Conservatory of Reims, he has been attracted to the jazz double-bass working mainly with J.F Jenny Clark, E. Gomez, H.Van de Geyn.
He has notably played in Yochk’o Seffer’s free orchestra, in Manu Carré’s jazz quartet and gypsy jazz with Latcho Drom and various French-based symphonic orchestras.
He has been seen performing in numerous jazz festivals such as Rhino Jazz, Printemps de Nîmes, Jazz attitudes de Laon, Cap Breton, Eclats de Voix d’Auch, Hot Club Jazz Festival…
He currently plays in Michel Salmoïlikoff’s trio (Suivez le Jazz contest finalist in 2005) and Jean Luc Peilhon’s trio. He will be performing on stage in France in 2009 with David Liebman for the show Sketches of Spain.

Sébastien Mourant drums

‘Sébastien Mourant, master in the art of nuances’ Alain Tercinet (Jazz Magazine).
Drummer of colors who cherishes freedom in the way he plays, he expresses himself with nuances and lightness and combines melody and rhythm to his way of playing .
After studying with Daniel Humair and Maurice Sonjon, he intergrates the National Music School of Villeurbanne for a brief time where he obtained his music certificate with honors.
He was one of the winning performers of the Suivez le Jazz contest of 2001 with the Lionel Martin Trio.
He has performed in many jazz festivals: Russia, Spain, Grenoble, Rive de Gier, La Défense (Paris), Vaulx en Velin, Francheville, Vienne, etc…
He has played with Vincent Courtois, François Thuillier, Laurent Dehors, Serge Lazarevitch, and François Théberge…