ROSETTA is Pierre-François Massy's making
In 1993, he puts together a quintet of musicians and close friends to play and sometimes reinvent his own compositions (Matthieu Michel - bugle, Yves Massy - trombone, Daniel Perrin - accordion and piano, Marcel Papaux - drums and Pierre-François Massy - double bass), all very engaged and highly recognised artists, well-known for their virtuosity and outstanding originality.
Their first concerts take place in Théâtr'Onze in Lausanne on December 22nd and 23rd 1993. Later, several concerts will be given every year all over Switzerland.
A first CD is released in 1995 ("Lune Rousse" Unit Records), followed by "La Ménagerie De Poche (Altrisuoni), in 1998.
The guitar player Christian Graf joins the group in 1999, and Daniel Perrin adds the generous sound of the bandoneon to the ensemble. The third recording of the group takes place in 2001: "En Public" (Atrisuoni), followed by a tour in Czech Republic.
Rosetta held their last concert on May 15th 2003 when they were invited by the Jazzfestival Schaffhausen (Schaffhauser JazzFestival) recorded by SFR, where they mainly played pieces of the last CD. The contrast between both recordings is so striking, that it justifies this project. It will recall for the audience both the energy and creativity of a leading group of that epoch in Switzerland.
Pierre-François Massy, double bass
Born in Lausanne in 1955.
Started playing the double bass in 1974. Classical studies at the Conservatoire de Lausanne: from 1975 to 1985 in the class of Francis Marcellin (1st prize for virtuosity with congratulations), and from 1990 to 1991 in the class of Yoan Goilav (concert license). Solo double bass with the Orchestre des Rencontres Musicales (Lausanne), and since 1988 with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra.
Substitutions to the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and to the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. Concerts with the Sinfonietta of Lausanne, the Ensemble Contrechamps and the Ensemble Vocal et Instrumental de Lausanne. Guest soloist with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (Divertimento Concertante by Nino Rota) and the Orchestre des Rencontres Musicales (Episodie by Jost Meier).
Accompanied many singers, among them Michel Buzzi, Dominique Scheder, Yvette Théraulaz (numerous concerts in Europe and Quebec from 1981 to 1984), Michel Bühler, Pascal Auberson. Was part of the Grand Orchestre de la RTSR during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, and for several years of the Groupe Instrumental Romand (Jazz-Group of the RTSR).
Numerous jazz concerts in Europe and the USA. With François Lindemann, crossed Alvin Queen, Daniel Humair, Butch Morris, quartet with Pierre Favre and Pascal Auberson, Piano Seven.
With Pierre Favre in his European Chambre Ensemble: Roberto Ottaviano, Michel Godard, Vincent Courtois, Gabriele Mirabass. With Michael and Florian Arbenz from Basel: Glenn Ferris, Greg Osby, Wolfgang Puschnig. But also Art Lande, Franco Ambrosetti, Jacques Demierre, René Bottlang, Michel Wintsch, Charles Gayle, Olivier Clerc, Léon Francioli, Sylvie Bourban.
Represented Switzerland in the Big-Band of the European Broadcasting Union in 1986. From 1993 to 2003 leader and composer of the sextet Rosetta with Matthieu Michel, Yves Massy, Daniel Perrin, Christian Graf and Marcel Papaux.
In 2000, he received a composition commission for Rosetta from the Pro Helvetia Foundation. Has been teaching since 1986 at the Ecole de Jazz et de Musique Actuelle (EJMA) in Lausanne.
Matthieu Michel, bugle
Yves Massy, trombone
Daniel Perrin, accordion & bandoneon
Christian Graf, guitar
Pierre-François Massy, double bass
Marcel Papaux, drums
All compositions by Pierre-François Massy