Stride piano takes us back to the Jazz Age, between Storyville and Harlem, about a century ago. Strictly connected with blues, ragtime, and swing, this style still fascinates for that rugged left hand that shapes the bassline, the overwhelming rhythm, the sliding on the keyboard of authentic virtuosos such as Willie The Lion Smith, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, and many others. Over time, the genre declined, but stride echoes remained a landmark for many jazz players, even for younger generations. Mathis Picard deserves a role of excellence: a 26-year-old French-Malagasy pianist, composer, producer, and bandleader who currently resides in New York City.
Rooted in the tradition of live acoustic performance, Picard is at ease with the latest technologies applied to music and the most modern trends, which led him to create his musical style by combining the different influences. Mathis is currently leading the Mathis Sound Orchestra (“Globe Unity” is recommended), the solo performance (“Live At The Museum” came out recently), and his trio project.
Besides his activity as a leader, Picard shared the stage with artists such as Ron Carter, Lee Ritenour, Jason Moran, Wynton Marsalis, and Mwenso & The Shakes.