The @-quartet (pronounce « at quartet »: @ as in @coustic) is a formation created by Jazz guitarist, singer and composer Didier Verna in 2006.
Equipped with an exceptional rythm section (Guillaume Naud on piano, Gilles Naturel on double-bass and David Georgelet on drums), the first album of this formation, produced the same year, was offering a repertoire of 9 original compositions and was unanimously acclaimed by the critics, as illustrated by press excerpts below.
I hear a well articulate playing, in the tradition, masterized. -- Alex Dutilh (Jazz Man)
Didier Verna plays indeed straight ahead Jazz clearly influenced by Pat Metheny from whom he has the roundness of sound and the limpidity of phrases [...] -- Citizen Jazz
In short, Verna is a force of nature. -- All about Jazz
Talk about leaving an impression... Didier Verna is a jazz guitarist dealing in melodic & harmonic invention. His Metheny-esque improvisational delivery is compromising, intellectual, non rigorous with a superb technique, connected with an extraordinary command of his music. In fact Verna's music is brilliantly interpreted & compelling in it's content. His music portrays images & sounds of his influences which have been by default... Quiite positive! -- eJazzNews
@-Quartet is a great example of what contemporary jazz should be. [...] These nine compositions are fresh, melodically challenging and engaging. -- Contemporary Jazz Magazine
This CD definitely has a full time sound. You'd think that these guys have been on the road for years -- their sound is that tight and complimentary. Definitely a great addition to any jazz collection. -- Indie Music
We listened to it in the car, and it makes a lovely background music. -- My mother-in-law
Recently, the group's repertoire got enriched with 11 new and entirely original compositions. The personel also changed by half: we now have Laurent Epstein on piano and Yoni Zelnik on the double-bass, two of the most important figures of the Parisian Jazz scene. Add to that a huge work on sound, notably by the use of fretless and synth guitars... All in all, an ambitious repertoire only asking to reach the public's heart!
Here are a couple of demos of new songs that will appear on the album (stay tuned for updates!).
The next album will be called « Roots and (then he) Leaves ». Help this poor electro-acoustic nylon synth-access fretless guitar to not remain all alone against her tree. Help us produce the 2nd album of the @-quartet!
The collected funds will serve to partially finance the production of the album, the remainder being self-supported.
Depending on the amount actually raised, some parameters of the project will likely be adjusted (choice of the studio(s) fpr recording, mixing and mastering, CD boxes type etc.).
Recording (2 days): 1500€
CD manufacturing (500 CD): 1200€