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Louis Sclavis in 2007
|Born||2 February 1953|
|Genres||Jazz, free jazz|
|Musician, songwriter, record producer|
|Instruments||Clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone|
|Labels||ECM, Label Bleu|
|Brotherhood of Breath, Henri Texier Quartet|
Sclavis began his musical education at the conservatoire de Lyon at age 9, where he studied clarinet. He began performing with the Lyon Workshop, where he met Michel Portal and Bernard Lubat. He then joined the Brotherhood of Breath of Chris McGregor, and later the Henri Texier Quartet.
He began his work as a leader in 1985, with his debut album, Clarinettes. In Chine, his second album, the track "Duguesclin" actually became a surprise hit in France, due to its lively, middle-age inspiration. In 2005, he formed a trio with Henri Texier and Aldo Romano, the African Trio, which achieved considerable success, even outside of the French jazz community. In November 2006, at the Festival 'Écouter Voir' in Lyons, Sclavis first met the Quatuor Habanera, with whom he collaborated on their third album, L'engrenage (2007).
He has won numerous awards, including: the PRIX DJANGO REINHARDT "best French jazz musician" (1988); First Prize in the Barcelona Biennale (1989); the British Jazz award at the Midem for "Best Foreign Artist" (1990/91); the DJANGO D'OR "Best French jazz record of the year" (1993); and the GRAND PRIX SACEM 2009.
In 2010 Roberto Tardito dedicated his album Distanze to him.