Current project

zappe satie

20 years after my “Zappe Zappa” project, I’m taking the same formula and applying it to Satie, Zappa’s spiritual grandfather. 2 albums released to date.

Here you’ll find all the information about the ZAPPE SATIE project, which is currently on the air (2025 will mark the centenary of the composer’s death). 2 albums released to date: the CD “Zappe Satie” (2021) and an EP “Satinédits” (digital only) in 2023. Please contact us at

Listen to the new EP “Satinédits” on Souncloud
Listen to the CD “Zappe Satie” on Souncloud

genesis and artistic approach

After many residencies focused on Zappa and pop, I wanted to start with a repertoire from a composer of the early 20th century that could be a bridge to today’s music. Erik Satie quickly established himself, especially since he entered the public domain in 2010. A great opportunity to play around his musical universe and take him on other paths.

Why Satie ?

It would be a mistake to confine Satie to the role of father of ambient music. And if we want to go beyond his hits (Gymnopédies, Gnossiennes), we discover little known, surprising and innovative pieces. This musician with his unusual work, offbeat in his time, has always had the attentive ear of jazz and pop musicians. Logical if we admit that his writing often uses elements common in contemporary music, especially rather short titles such as songs, with small repeated cadences. And his self-taughtness (at least in the beginning) forced him to develop a world devoid of the dogmas and virtuosity of the time, like many musicians today.

How do we get Satie back?
Rather than just take Satie back to the letter, I preferred to draw on her theme to build a kind of kaleidoscope of her work (as in the Zappe Zappa project). It is up to the public to locate the pieces of this puzzle through the scores, interpreted by variable geometry orchestral formulas, mixing “classical” and “electric” instruments. My work in progress is currently divided between various pieces, first orchestrated for large groups before being adapted for small ensembles. These range from arrangements that are fairly faithful to the original score, to versions that move further away from it and become variations of it. Others are new tracks, mixing or superimposing various musical fragments from such or such pieces, a bit like a remix.


variations on the project – cultural actions

This project takes several forms, both artistic and educational.

1) In concert with a 5tet (see musicians in “history”) who will perform the entire repertoire from the record, in a more open form. Duration approx. 1h30. Also possible as a duo or trio (please specify).

2) Music lectures. These are aimed at various types of venue (libraries-media libraries, secondary schools, nursing homes, etc.) and last around 1 hour. Guitar in hand and accompanied by audio-video extracts, I fly over the world of Erik Satie and explain how I have reappropriated his repertoire to bring it closer to jazz and pop. This event is aimed at the general public as well as musicians.

3) Teaching residencies. Collective work on the “Zappe Satie” repertoire
(a one-off masterclass, a course lasting a few days, a season-long residency) in artistic education establishments such as conservatoires, Fneijma schools, Pôle Sup, universities, etc. The aim is to help musicians with classical and contemporary music backgrounds discover how to approach the musical universe of a composer (Erik Satie in this case) and revisit it creatively. The aim is also to enable them to combine their aesthetics around a common project. (Target audience: professional and amateur musicians – end of second cycle minimum)

More informations on Résidencies.

Album available on CD digipack and on all download platforms.
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they talk about it :
“…A portrait of Erik Satie in jazz form, so full of humour and tenderness that the effect is dazzling….” (CHOC/JAZZMAG / Guy Darol)

“…A sort of organic remix played with glee…” (FIP)

“…A highly personal project…” (LE MONDE / Sylvain Siclier)

“…His most accomplished album, a little cavern of Ali Baba…” (CITIZEN JAZZ)

Link to the page Press

History of the project

First residencies on Satie with the Bourg en Bresse wind band and CRD in autumn 2018, then with the jazz, contemporary music and string classes of the Versailles CRR in 2019-2020.

Recording of the album “Zappe Satie” in spring 2020. Released in March 2021. Variable-geometry cast, made up of brilliant young musicians from the French scene. (ONJ, Ping Machine, PJ5, Sarab). Second EP, “Satinédits”, released in December 2023.

Residencies in 2023 around this repertoire, with the conservatoires of Belfort, Geneva, Eaubonne, Valence, Sceaux…

Recent concerts: Couches Festival, Tour supported by Jazz en Bourgogne (D’jazz Nevers), Pan Piper (Paris), Le Périscope (Lyon), Château de Grignan… Ars Musica Festival (Brussels) in November 2024.

the band on stage:
Pierrejean Gaucher : guitar
Quentin Ghomari : trumpet
Thibault Gomez : electric piano
Alexandre Perrot : double bass
Ariel Tessier : drums

Extraits live “Zappe Satie” (2022)

Vidéo “Satie’s blues” (2021)

Vidéo “Sad Satie” (2021)

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