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Paris-based drummer, improviser and composer.

Active for over a decade, Antonin Gerbal (b. 1986) explores rhythmic and sonic possibilities at the intersections of jazz, experimental music, improvisation and electronics. His work questions the history of drums, going back to the origins of the instrument, while reimagining it through his own musical thinking within a cross-genre musical network.

He plays solo and in the groups [Ahmed] with Pat Thomas, Seymour Wright and Joel Grip, Ism with Thomas and Grip, Sbatax with Bertrand Denzler, Vaka with Elvin Brandhi, Daniel Blumberg and Grip, as well as in orchestras such as Umlaut Big Band and ONCEIM.

Gerbal has written several pieces from small to large ensembles, and has collaborated with musicians and composers such as Élianne Radigue, Pascale Criton, Peter Ablinger, John Tilbury, Alexander Von Schlippenbach, Evan Parker, Axel Dörner, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Seijiro Murayama, David Grubbs or Stephen O'Malley to name a few.

He appears on over 40 albums on labels such as Umlaut Records, Astral Spirits, Otoroku, Confront Recordings, Remote Resonator, Shiin or Potlatch, and has toured extensively all over the world.



Nov 9, 2023

Zodiac Suite @ Studio 104, Maison de la Radio, Paris (France)

Oct 13, 2023

[Ahmed] @ Night Of Surprise, Cologne (Germany)

Oct 10, 2023

Zodiac Suite @ Théâtre de la Renaissance, Oullins (France)

Oct 7, 2023

[Ahmed] @ UH Festival, Budapest (Hungary)

Oct 4, 2023

Sbatax @ TBA, Basel (Switzerland)

Oct 3, 2023

Sbatax @ Misterioso Jazz Club, Zurich (Switzerland)

Sep 30, 2023

Umlaut Big Band + Zodiac Suite @ Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France)

Sep 14, 2023

[Ahmed] @ Guelph Jazz Festival, Guelph (Canada)


Sep 12, 2023

[Ahmed] @ Arts in the Margins, Montreal (Canada)

Sep 2, 2023

[Ahmed] @ Willisau Festival (Switzerland)

Aug 25, 2023

VAKA @ Meteo Festival, Mulhouse (France)



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