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Charlatan Transfer

Charlatan Transfer is a vocal jazz group created in 1989 by its current conductor François Bessac. Composed of 13 performers, each of which has a serious background in music, Charlatan Transfer bridges the styles of jazz and choral chant to create a lively harmonic blend. Charlatan Transfer's repertoire, composed of harmonies and complex rhythms, covers the golden ages of jazz, hot, swing, bop and Latin music in a cappella arrangements, or arrangements accompanied by piano, double bass, drums.

Charlatan Transfer recorded 3 albums, the last one released in 2013 "On Air".

To ensure a broad diversity of musical forms, the group works with the original scores of such major vocal groups as The Real Group or Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, Vox P, Singers Unlimited. (that is, when the group doesn't arrange its own scores). Convinced that a vocal group is as much a single entity as the sum of its parts, Charlatan Transfer aims to develop a specific resonant texture through significant work in the a cappella genre.

Charlatan Transfer undergoes (either individually or as an entire group), frequent jazz interpretation training sessions with renowned artists such as Laurence Saltiel, Roger Letson, Steve Zegree, Joy Kane, etc. Since its creation, Charlatan Transfer has given nearly 100 concerts and shows, principally in the Rhone-Alpes region, but also in the entire France . The group has been invited to an array of jazz and choral chant festivals including Festival Chorijazz, Festival des Choralies, Festival "Europa Cantat", Jazz à Vienne.


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