‘The Tale, the debut album by Arnaud Guichard’s Serendip, pushes the standard jazz quartet sound into fresh territory on a fine and engrossing debut’. Dan McClenaghan (All About Jazz)
Arnaud Guichard is a Belgian born saxophonist an composer.
Arnaud lived in the UK from 2013 to 2019 where he performed as a sideman and as a leader with the renowned jazz musicians Zoe Rahman, Mark Lockheart, Simon Purcell, Mick Foster, Dave Wickins, Nubya Garcia and Moses Boyd.
Arnaud studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London with saxophonist Jean Toussaint (Art Blakey). While studying he was awarded the Jon Hassal prize for jazz in 2015 before graduating in 2016.
His latest work as a bandleader ‘Serendip’ is a project that reflects Arnaud’s early influences from the ‘Symphony Fantastique’ by Berlioz.
Serendip cultivates the essence of program music using the Persian tale ‘The Three Princes of Serendip’ as an extra-musical narrative.
Serendip launched its first album ‘The Tale’ released by Impeka Records at Total Refreshment Centre in London in May 2018.It has since performed at prestigious venues like Ronnie Scott’s, The Vortex Jazz Club, Jazz live at The Crypt, Jazz in The Round but also in more young and happening London venues like Ghostnotes, Rye Waxrecords, The Royal Albert bar and Kansas Smitty’s.
The album is well acclaimed by the United Kingdom’s jazz radio programs.‘The Tale’ is played regularly on Jazz FM radio and appeared on Soweto Kinch’s BBC Radio 3 program ‘Jazz Now’
In Belgium Serendip recently won the Sabam for Culture Prize at B Jazz International Contest 2019. The band plays regularly in Brussels jazz café and clubs.
The album is also well received by the Belgian media as it appeared on Philippe Baron’s jazz radio program on RTBF and received a great review in the jazz magazine ‘Jazz n Mo’.
17th of January 2019, Jam at The Crypt, Camberwell, London UK
22nd of March 2019, Serendip live B Jazz International Contest, Leuven BE
7th of April 2019, Serendip live at Roskam, Brussels BE
30th of April 2019, Serendip live at Kansas Smitty’s, Broadway Market, London UK
3rd Of May 2019, Serendip live at Jazzlive at The Crypt, Camberwell, London UK
The Tale by Serendip