Zappe Satie

Zappe Satie

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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Organized noise

Organized noise

current project

The organized noise

This series of collaborations is born from the meeting of the guitarist with many artists met in south-eastern France (sculptors, painters, ceramists)

les étincelles hurlantes

After my work on the “son des bols”, which was a little intimate, I had the opportunity to work here on a more sonorous material, which allows me to enrich my palette towards something more intense, sometimes more violent. And unlike ceramics, which only resonates once out of the oven, my friend Julien Allegre‘s sculptures already resonate in their raw state, even before the sheet metal is shaped and machined.

When I recorded him in his studio, I discovered that his works were born in a sparkle burst, with noises of twisting, hammering, grinding… That’s all that I tried to restore in this disc. I also find in his work an approach close to mine: he assembles, associates and juxtaposes various elements thanks to welding, as I do with audio editing.

His sculptures are the fruit of fire and fusion, but they can also have the appearance of tenderness or rest, which has also allowed me to design calmer tracks as the disc progresses. And then Julien being also a drummer-percussionist, he offered me his musical gesture in addition to the sounds from his work. And once again, my director friend Benoît Renard has transcended this new sound adventure with his magnificent images.


  • Pierrejean Gaucher : guitars, effects, sound treatments and compositions
  • Julien Allegre : sculptures, percussion, hangs
  • Benoît Renard : video design, photos

Public creation (2017)

Photos work in progress (2017)

le son des bols

The first time I entered Mireille Favergeon‘s gallery, I had to resist the urge to have her bowls ring. Obviously, his ceramic universe reveals only part of his magic if you only admire it with your eyes. Having become friends over time, I spent a day at her house recording a large part of her pieces. This sound material brought back to my home, I discovered the richness (which I already suspected) of the instrumentarium that it beat as it was being cooked. Each piece, in addition to its size, shape and email, has a unique sound identity.

Then begins a long work consisting in classifying them into families: low, high, resonant, resonant, dry, pure… Then an observation: a ceramic is a percussive instrument, but which can continue to live in a magical way after being struck. Since music is based on the organization of sounds and time, all I had to do was marry these bowls, these vases, to compose the little “sound miniatures” that you hear while your eyes see.

Except for my guitar at a few moments (I had to associate my primary instrument with it), all the other sounds come from ceramics, most often left in their natural state, but sometimes deformed, diverted, as if to better penetrate the material that composes them. The images of director Benoît Renard illustrate this whole process.


Work in progress (2016)

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Melody Makers

Melody Makers

previous bands

melody makers

One more trio, but with British pop aesthetic, particulary from the seventies, with the original contribution of an electric cello

Thirty years after his first album of only original compositions, the guitarist wanted to mark this anniversary with a record paying tribute to the English bands that marked his adolescence. Thus was born Melody Makers, which builds a new bridge between jazz, rock and pop, offering an original rereading of the great standards of the “British” scene. The trio’s second album, released in 2012, features only compositions that claim this seventies heritage.

This trio formula with cello is not common. It was born from the meeting between Pierrejean and Clément Petit. By constantly pushing back the register and the sound palette of his instrument, he brings virtuosity to a level not reached in the genre. Add a drummer juggling with nuances (without sacrificing groove), and you get a Power jazz trio with a unique sound, both very acoustic and electric, delicate and energetic, and which is living proof that the compartmentalization of genres is no longer necessary today.



  • guitars : Pierrejean gaucher
  • cello : Clément Petit
  • drums : Cédric Affre

Teaser long “Melody Makers” (2012)



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A French jazz all star to meet the guitarist’s new challenge: a new musical approach to the fables of La Fontaine

After many projects focused on instrumental music, Pierrejean Gaucher feels the need to explore new horizons, the need for a new playing field. He chooses the text and language, through the material of the “Fables”.

Their simple reading awakens the musician’s ear: the rhythmic and melodic richness of the writing inspires him with a multitude of musical approaches. Simply recited, they become singing thanks to the orchestration that follows them like a shadow, like the music of “cartoon”. Tex Avery and Frank Zappa are never far away. Funny, squeaky or poetic, they offer all possible sound directions, without stylistic barriers. Here phonetics plays with music.

An exciting approach that aims to follow with its musicians the slightest inflections of the narrators’ diction. He allows himself everything: experimentation, illustration, depth, lightness, detonating and disconnecting. Once again, Pierrejean Gaucher intrigues and succeeds in making a crazy bet that leads to this lively and poetic album…. The booklet is illustrated by 5 leading comic artists. (top banner photo: Elie Stéphane Azoulay).



  • guitars : Pierrejean gaucher
  • vocal : Arnaud Vernet
  • trombone : Jean Lucas
  • keyboards : Pierre-alain Goualch
  • drums : Cédric Affre
  • vocal : David Linx, Alain Aithnard, Luigi Rignanese, Léonore Gaucher
  • accordion : Marc Berthoumieux
  • double bass : Jean Wellers, Marc-michel Le Bevillon, Daniel Yvinec
  • keyboards : Paul Brousseau
  • trombone : Phil Abraham
  • saxophone, flûte : Bobby Rangell
  • drums : André Charlier

tournée en Chine (2007)

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previous bands



The Americans have their G3, discover the French 2G! This duo of eclectic guitars shuffles between styles with humour

Laurel and Hardy, Tintin and Snowy… The story is not lacking examples of duets based on contrast and the mixing of genres! This is the case here with guitarists Pierrejean Gaucher and Christophe Godin, or the unexpected marriage of the (sometimes relative) finesse of jazz and the (often subtle) brutality of rock. These two brilliant guitarists therefore needed a ground for constructive and musical collaboration. Two values were essential: humour and open-mindedness. In fact, their repertoire mixes their respective universes and a few dusty covers. Electric or acoustic, clear, distorted, distorted, tampered with or looped, their instruments mix all current music.

Their only album released in 2006, blends studio shots with concert extracts collected from all over the world (Canada, Italy, Germany…). With the bonus of a magnificent 12-page colour livet in the form of a logbook.



  • guitar : Pierrejean gaucher
  • guitar : Christophe Godin

Festival des Zappanale (2002)

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