Considered one of the most fascinating and atypical saxophonists on the international scene, Émile Parisien is also an improviser of exceptional ingenuity, audacity and depth.
At the age of 11, he was spotted by several great saxophonists for his remarkable abilities in jazz and improvisation. At the age of 24, he entered the Toulouse Conservatory, where he studied classical and contemporary music. Thanks to his visionary approach, which blends free jazz, folk rhythms and contemporary music, Émile Parisien was invited, while still a student, to perform alongside several legendary jazz artists, such as Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, and Bobby Hutcherson.
Since 2006, the Émile Parisien Quartet has recorded several albums for the Laborie and ACT labels, all of which have been acclaimed by the press. In 2014, he was elected Artist of the Year at the Victoires du Jazz and in 2017, he received one of the most important international prizes in the music world, the ECHO Jazz, in Berlin.
Today, Emile Parisien performs in the most prestigious jazz festivals and concert halls in the world. He also tours with renowned jazz artists such as Michel Portal, Jacky Terrasson, Joachim Kühn, Michael Wollny, Vincent Peirani, John Taylor, and Roberto Negro.
Since 2021, he has created a sextet called Louise with French musicians Roberto Negro and Manu Codija, and American musicians Joe Martin, Nasheet Waits and Theo Croker. His most ambitious project to date, without a doubt.