Press Releases

November 12 2015

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                                     
November 12, 2015




Featuring an 8-Piece Band; Live Instrumentation Will Be Used To Create The Textures of the Album


New Video for “Sittin’ Here” Premieres Today on YouTube


St. Germain Hits #1 on KCRW Airplay Chart

“[St Germain] remains a sly master of the textural mix; a producer whose sweeping effects and atmospheric auras become part of the structure of the tunes.”  – NPR


A multicultural potpourri, [St Germain] honors the West African roots of the blues and African-American artists who developed the form, doing so by placing it in direct contact with a still-vital stream of contemporary electronica.” – The Wall Street Journal

St Germain conjures up rich and atmospheric landscapes equal to Navarre's earlier work. They're different from where we last left him, but they still seem to find him right at home.” – Resident Advisor

“St Germain hasn’t blunted his cutting edge…extends his reach with a tasteful blend of dexterous musicianship and smooth syncopated beats…plus an African-flavored fusion.”  – The Independent on Sunday, UK


“The fire still rages inside…World rhythms and deep grooves from a French Touch master – never strays from the sublime.”  – Mixmag


The much-anticipated new self-titled album from St Germain (Ludovic Navarre), which comes 15 years after the commercially and critically successful Tourist, has been met with acclaim, with NPR declaring Navarre “remains a sly master of the textural mix,” The Independent on Sunday (UK) praising the album’s “tasteful blend of dexterous musicianship and smooth syncopated beats,” and the Wall Street Journal calling it “a clever and very pleasing album, one that justifies the long wait.” In support of St Germain (October 2015, Nonesuch Records), Navarre will embark on an extensive tour, beginning Fall 2015 in Europe, and coming to North America in Spring 2016. Below is an initial itinerary, and more will be announced soon. North American shows go on sale on November 13.


For the St Germain tour, Navarre will be joined by Guimba Kouyate (guitar), Didier Davidas (keyboard), Jorge Bezerra (drums), Sadio Kone (n’goni), Edouard Labor (saxophone & flute), Cheikh Lo Ouza Diallo (kora), Sullyvan Rhino (bass) with Navarre himself at the center, acting as musical director.


St Germain, whose albums Boulevard (1995) and Tourist originated a genre of French electronic music, returns with a self-titled record that marries percussive grooves, always central to St Germain’s sound, with a new element: traditional Malian instruments.


St Germain features various musicians and singers from the African diaspora and beyond including Malian kora player Mamadou Cherif Soumano, Senegalese kora player Cheikh Lo Ouza Diallo, Malian violinist Zoumana Tereta (on “How Dare You”), Senegalese bass player Alioune Wade (Ismael Lô), Malian n’goni player Adama Coulibaly (on “Family Tree”), Malian vocalist Nahawa Doumbia (on “Sittin’ Here”), Malian vocalist Fanta Babayogo, Brazilian percussionist Jorge Bezerra and a Lightnin’ Hopkins sample on “Real Blues” amongst others. Notably, St Germain also includes contributions from revered Malian guitarist and n’goni player Guimba Kouyata whom Brian Eno recently heralded as “the greatest guitar player I’ve heard for years and years.”


St Germain’s move closer to the source of the jazz and blues elements that were essential ingredients in Boulevard and the internationally acclaimed Tourist led to his interest in those genres’ roots in West African music. Tourist, which sold nearly three million copies worldwide (more than 300,000 in the U.S. alone), was equally embraced by jazz and electronic music circles, reaching #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and being named one of the Best Albums of the Year by Rolling Stone. In France, the album won three Victoires de la Musique awards (the French equivalent of GRAMMYs), including Best Jazz Album, Best Electronic Album and Best Live Performance. On the 250-show tour that followed Tourist, St Germain performed at venues ranging from London’s historic Royal Albert Hall to the Glastonbury and Coachella festivals, with guests including Herbie Hancock, Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin, Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander and legendary French jazz vocalist Claude Nougaro.


St Germain Fall 2015 European Tour

November 12                                                               Paris                                                                   Bataclan

November 13                                                              Zurich                                                               Volkshaus

November 14                                                            Lausanne                                                              Les Docks

November 17                                                             London                                                            Roundhouse

November 18                                                               Lyon                                                            Transbordeur

November 19                                                              Milan                                                                   Alcatraz

November 20                                                             Vienna                                                     Museumsquartier

December 1                                                                Madrid                                                               La Riviera

December 2                                                              Barcelona                                                           Razzmatazz


St Germain Spring 2016 North American Tour

March 31                                                           Washington, D.C.                                                        9:30 Club

April 1                                                               Philadelphia, PA                                                Electric Factory

April 2                                                                 New York, NY                                       Hammerstein Ballroom

April 4                                                                   Boston, MA                                                    House of Blues

April 5                                                               Quebec City, QC                                          Imperial De Quebec

April 6                                                                  Montreal, QC                                                          Metropolis

April 7                                                                  Toronto, ON                                            Danforth Music Hall

April 9                                                                   Detroit, MI                                                        The Fillmore

April 10                                                                 Chicago, IL                                                          Vic Theater

April 11                                                                St. Paul, MN                                               Fitzgerald Theater

April 13                                                                 Denver, CO                                                     Ogden Theatre

April 18                                                               Vancouver, BC                                        Commodore Ballroom



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