"don’t worry, be haRpy"
Isabelle Olivier - Harpes
Marc Buronfosse / Larry Gray - Contrebasse / Basse
Fabrice Moreau / Paul Wertico - Batterie / Percussions
Céline Grangey - Electronique
Harpist, Composer and Educator Isabelle Olivier
Professional musician for more than 20 years, performing and recording with many great musicians such as Louis Sclavis, Youn Sun Nah, Beñat Achiary, Michel Bénita, Thomas Beuf, David Binney, Peter Erskine, David Linx, Didier Lockwood, Monica Passos, Norma Winstone…, and many other in more than 20 countries.
Recorded 6 albums of her own compositions. She composed music for theater, film scores, exhibitions, poetry, dance and puppet shows. She has been nominated for the French Victory of Jazz for "Year Revelation” and received an "Outstanding Musicianship"award from the Berklee School of Jazz in Boston.
Teacher in Master Classes all over the world: France, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Belgium, Germany, England, Canada, Bulgaria, Mauritania, Senegal, and Spain. Member of Paros Jazz Academy for the second time.
"Let me introduce my new project. I am going to compose and perform a jazz oper(rph)arp. Many years ago, I first heard Bobby McFerrin and his incredible voice. So, after hearing my idea, he allowed me to use his title, 'Don't Worry, Be HaRpy.'
If you love harp, jazz music, art, civilization, nature, Chicago, Paris, beauty, technology, having fun, imagination, love, we will share a great moment together."
"This musician [...] never fails to 'magical' aesthetics attached to it. Alone or faced with electronic machines by Olivier Sens, she develops a language almost Monkish, refusing any gratuitous virtuosity in favor of an exploration of the potentialities of this instrument."
Bernard Loupias - Le Nouvel Observateur
"Between the notes and silence, harmony and dissonance, purity and artifice, the heart of Isabelle Oliver continues to swing. This graceful indecision gives all her wealth to expressive music and narrative, which is finally able to be collected without being consensually crass."
Richard Robert - Les Inrockuptibles
"Isabelle Olivier does not prompt to write about the music but to rush to the instrument. She does not seek to keep music as a sweet and intimate secret, but raises the thirst for transmiting it, while sharing the good news: that jazz is not dead."
Mathieu Durand - Citizenjazz.com
"We fell in love with this harp that fits into a beautiful quintet featuring an original and innovative repertoire. Beautiful music, wild and free as the ocean, open to all directions and in all climates, for which each composes and infuses his own poetry to all."
Lionel Eskenazi - Jazzman
"Who could make the harp and the harpist an ethereal idea, Isabelle Olivier brings a surprising contradiction. Though not to imagine by any means a fierce harpy against beauty. She is primarily a jazz musician, experimenting with her instrument (and the complicity of Olivier Sens on computers) shapes her new intriguing album, 'Island # 41' which holds one's attention."
Michel Contat - Télérama Sortir
"In any event, she makes the most of 'the depth and strength' of her instrument, equating it to the colors and singing of 'Ocean.' [...] she associates with pleasure strings and winds to deliver music which is very open, malleable, to address an unexpected shore via a unique confrontation between the instrument and electronic textures by Olivier Sens that appear to be timeless."
Robert Latxague - Jazz Magazine
"Four years of waiting for the new disc Isabelle Olivier [...] and this is not the least of her qualities that has managed instead to make an album that is dominated by the intimacy of listening around shared compositions by Isabelle Olivier and his guests. Work in itself, it is almost artisanal, giving rise to the raw and refined. An album very zen where
everything is played with intelligence, buttoned foil. An album where each musician works the material in its own way with the same manner of refining and denudation and from that emerges the richness of this harp with which Isabelle Olivier reveals here all possibilities. All there is, harmonics weave superbly with the sounds of the accordion to mutinous parentheses (Wae) or moving (My Foolish Harp) singing whispered Youn Sun Nah impassioned speech to a particularly inspired Sclavis. As for Peter Erskine, here is the sign of a great duo (harp / drums) put in full light such subtle discourse of Isabella Oliver. Here the harp is both discrete and present, percussive, harmonic, melodic and heavenly. We remove without regret the mix by Olivier Sens at the end of the album where the musicians come together artificially in order not to break the spell of this album between dreams and whispers."
Jean-Marc Gelin - Jazz Magazine/Jazzman