Louis Sclavis

Louis Sclavis (born 2 February 1953) is a French jazz musician. He performs on clarinet, bass clarinet, and soprano saxophone in a variety of contexts, including jazz and free jazz.

Louis Sclavis
Louis Sclavis in 2007
Louis Sclavis in 2007
Background information
Born (1953-02-02) 2 February 1953 (age 68)
Lyon, France
GenresJazz, free jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsClarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone
Years active1975–present
LabelsECM, Label Bleu
Associated actsBrotherhood of Breath, Henri Texier Quartet

Life and careerEdit

Sclavis played with the Henri Texier Quartet.[1]

He has won numerous awards, including: the PRIX DJANGO REINHARDT “best French jazz musician” (1988); First Prize in the Barcelona Biennale (1989); the British Jazz award at the Midem for “Best Foreign Artist” (1990/91); the DJANGO D’OR “Best French jazz record of the year” (1993); and the GRAND PRIX SACEM 2009.[2][3]

He was one of the first to combine jazz with French folk music, working most prominently with the hurdy-gurdy player Valentin Clastrier.[4]




  1. ^ Lewis, Dave. "Henri Texier: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  2. ^ "Eric Linard Editions - Biographie Louis Sclavis -". www.ericlinardeditions.com (in French). Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  3. ^ "Artist – Louis Sclavis – Biography | Virgile Legrand Galerie". www.galerie-virgile-legrand.com (in French). Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  4. ^ Bwat.fr. "Hérésie Valentin Clastrier | Le Triton". www.letriton.com (in French). Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  5. ^ www.fmp-label.de

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