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antonin gerbal

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Giant Beauty

[Ahmed] — (Pat Thomas, Joel Grip, Antonin Gerbal, Seymour Wright)

Wood Blues

[Ahmed] — (Pat Thomas, Joel Grip, Antonin Gerbal, Seymour Wright)


ISM — (Pat Thomas, Joel Grip, Antonin Gerbal)


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, 577 Records, Confront Recordings, Remote Resonator, Shiin or Potlatch, and has toured extensively all over the world.



May 2, 2023

Onceim @ Musiques démesurées, Clermont (France)

April 28, 2024

[Ahmed] @ New Music Festival, Bristol (UK)

April 27, 2024

Strange Strings @ Gare XP, Paris (France)

April 26, 2023

Sbatax + Gross @ Gare XP, Paris (France)

April 16, 2024

Sabatax @ Cité Universitaire, Paris (France)

April 10-13, 2024

[Ahmed] Residency @ Cafe Oto, London (UK)

April 6, 2024

Protocluster @ Le 34, Paris (France)


March 27, 2024

Vaka @ Empty Gallery, Hong Kong (HK)

March 24, 2024

Umlaut Big Band @ Théâtre de l'aquarium, Paris (France)

March 23, 2024

SOLO @ 26 Chaises, Paris (France)



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