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CÚline Bonacina began studying music at the age of seven.She studied in Belfort, Besançon on and Paris. Between 1996 and 1998 she began specializing in the baritone saxophone and performed regularly with several Parisian big bands. She then left France to live in La Reunion, and performed in numerous festivals throughout the Indian Ocean region. Her group opened up for the renowned French big band "Orchestre National de Jazz" and for Henri Texier. She also performed with the highly esteemed pianist Omar Sosa. After returning to Paris in 2005, she released her debut CD "Vue d'en Haut" ("Seen from Above").

Her trio (with the bassist Nicolas Garnier or Kevin Reveyrand and the Malagasy drummer Hary Ratsimbazafy) performs in many jazz festivals in France also in Italy, Syria, Germany, Switzerland.

It was a recommendation of ACT guitarist Nguyên Lê that first brought Céline Bonacina to the attention of label boss Siggi Loch. Nguyên Lê first met CÚline Bonacina in 2008 at a festival. "She told me that my album Bakida had had a strong influence on her musical development. Then, two years later, she asked me to play on a few tracks of her new album Way of Life. Since then, my involvement in the album has grown continuously from guitarist to sound engineer to co- producer. That the album is now being released by ACT makes me especially happy for CÚline."

To play with immense complexity whilst, at the same time, always maintaining the "grounding" in a strong groove with enthralling, almost danceable rhythms - this is the appeal and the emotion of the music on Way of Life. Bonacina acquired this musical ability particularly during her seven-year-stay on the French Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean and her contact with the music of this region. The driving funk of Wake Up, the Afrobeat pulse underlying Ekena and a bouncy dub and reggae Course pour Suite determine the rhythm of this album. When united to an irrepressible joyfulness in music making and energy the result is a refreshing renouncing of understatement at a time when a certain melancholy is creeping into jazz.

Strong musical characters complement CÚline Bonacina : the drummer, Hary Ratsimbazafy, from Madagascar, provides an irresistible beat - elegant but powerful. This is smoothly combined with the E bass of Nicolas Garnier who gives the music a touch of classic rock and fusion. On four tracks the power trio is reinforced further by NguyeM...
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