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After graduating with a BA in Philosophy French-Tunisian saxophonist and composer
Yacine Boulares decides to take a year off to respond to the urge to play music. He takes
his first music lessons and after studying under Andre Villeger for 3 years he wins the
International Esprit Jazz Competition in Paris and is endorsed by legendary brand
A year later he enters the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris
where his horizons broaden under the influence of peers and mentors such as Riccardo
Del Fra and Francois Theberge. He soon understands the necessity to go to the roots of
Jazz and in 2009 he is granted a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the New School for
Jazz and Contemporary music on a merit scholarship.
In New York, the dream of meeting and playing with his idols becomes true and Yacine
gets to learn from Chris Cheek, Donny Mc Caslin, Reggie Workman and with countless
musicians who inspire him daily.
But New York also exposes him to a myriad of different musics. Soon he is part of ex Fela
Kuti' drummer Jojo Kuo' Afrobeat Collective, of late Cameroonian singer Martino
Atangana's African Blue Note, of Haitian Kompa legends Tabou Combo. In their musics,
he finds a deep echo to his North African roots and the Bikutsi rhythms from Cameroon
become reminiscent of the Stambeli trance rhythms and folk songs heard in Tunisia.
These influences urge him to find his own identity and his explorations of Cameroonian
dance rhythms lead to the creation of AJOYO, a mystic brew of African tradition, jazz and
soul. Yacine signs the music and lyrics of a repertoire that celebrates life, love and justice.
The album is released in 2015 on Ropeadope Records and played on radios throughout
the world from New Yorks' WNYC to French RFI, London's Jazz FM, National radio in
Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria and Japan.
In the meantime, Yacine continues to play as a sideman both in the jazz repertoire with the
likes of Sheila Jordan, Theo Bleckman and Becca Stevens and for various projects such
as Japanese singer/songwriter Senri Oe (3 albums for Sony Japan).
In 2014 he is part of an intimate band picked by producer and arranger Robert Sadin to
accompany Opera legend Placido Domingo on his remarkable record Encanto Del Mar.
Yacine is featured both as a soloist and arranger of the Andalucian standard Lamma Bada
and gets the chance to work closely with Ira Coleman, Mark Feldman, Rhani Khridja,
Chico Pinheiro and Bridget Kibbey.
This is also where he meets cellist Vincent Segal and gets the idea to explore the forgotten
tunisian Stambeli repertoire with Vincent on cello and drummer Nasheet Waits. In 2015
this project is granted the prestigious French American Jazz Exchange grant. The trio
album will be recorded and released in 2016 with the French label Accords Croises.
Concurrently to his activities as a performer and a composer, Yacine teaches song-writing
at the French Heritage Language Program. In 2014 he is commissioned to compose a
Musical telling the story of underserved French speaking African and Haitian communities
in the USA. The show Amidou & Toya was premiered in NY in May 2014.
Yacine is a proud D'Addario woodwinds and Lebayle Mouthpieces artist