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Not quite jazz…
Not quite world…
Not quite blues…
Not quite folk…
Not quite pop…
Not quite song

Yet all of them at once.

Softly group

Midnight asbl is proud to introduce you to the high level meeting of two acoustic guitarists: the belgian Fabien Degryse and the malagasy Joël Rabesolo.

The CD « Softly … » revisits jazz repertoire (Softly as in a Morning Sunrise, Stompin ‘at the Savoy), as well as Malagasy pop (Voninavoko) and traditional music (Pangalana).

There are also original compositions (Inty hira inty mampanontany, Muir Woods).

The music is bright, accessible and sophisticated at the same time. It goes straight to the heart, thanks not only to the rapport between the two musicians, but also to the swing and groove arising out of each piece. Fabien’s jazz phrasing responds to the more pop style of Joël, and the mix of genres is a real success.

As indefinable as it is, this original music can’t help but touch a wide audience open to jazz, song, folk, blues or pop. An audience open to the world. An audience open, simply, to good music.

The meeting of two musicians, two guitarists.

A Belgian, Fabien Degryse and a Malagasy, Joël Rabesolo.

The meeting of two worlds.

The meeting of blues and jazz.

The meeting of tradition and modernity.

The meeting of two sensibilities.

The meeting of fragility and pleasure.

It is a meeting to be made.



Joël Rabesolo

Joël Rabesolo was born in 1982 in Antsirabe, Madagascar. Guitarist, author, composer and arranger, he began playing at the age of eight on a traditional Malagasy instrument, the kabosy.

He quickly mastered the triplet rhythms of salegy, the syncopated 4/4 of tsapiky, and other styles typical of his country. Seeing Eric Clapton on TV, he decided to learn more about music.

He developed his chops in different styles by playing in a local group every Saturday night. At 17 he became interested in jazz.

In 2006 he won 1st prize for jazz guitar in a new-talent contest organized by RLI radio, which allowed him to interact with national and foreign professional musicians.

He took part in the performances “Music-Poem” with actor Jean-Paul Delore, and “Music-Choreography-Painting” with Paul Bloas and Bernardo Montet.

Since 2013 he has been part of Island Jazz, the project of the world famous bassist Linley Marthe, with whom he regularly plays in Europe.

Currently he is part of the trio MGM: Malagasy Guitar Masters, and is deepening his knowledge of jazz at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels… where he met Fabien Degryse.

Fabien Degryse

Born in 1960 in Brussels, Belgium, Fabien Degryse studied guitar and jazz at the famous Berklee School of Music in Boston, U.S.A., between 1980 and

He has performed with all the great jazz names in Belgium, notably Philip Catherine and Toots Thielemans.

Since 1994 he has played in the trio Ame des Poètes. He also plays in other groups, including a trio with Bruno Castellucci and Bart De Nolf, and a quartet with trombonist Phil Abraham.

With these projects and others he has traveled worldwide (Europe, Africa, Asia and North America).

He has already recorded eight CDs under his own name. On the two latest – featuring solo acoustic guitar – he explores a synthesis of a fingerpicking approach in the manner of Marcel Dadi and jazz improvisation in the style of Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass.

He has given many jazz guitar workshops in Belgium and abroad (France, Benin, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tunisia, Taiwan).

He has written a jazz improvisation method for guitar, published by Editions Combre (Paris) and recorded instructional videos on jazz improvisation for imusic-school (France) and iartschool (China).

He teaches at both the French and Flemish sections of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, … where he met Joël Rabesolo.





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