Maïwenn Ekoué - Harp
Willy Ekoué - Soprano Saxophone
Recorded at Studio l'Edim in Cachan, France, by Jérôme Tranche, 2008.
1. Sonata in C-moll by Ludewig Spohr (1784-1859)
2. Rêverie by Claude-Achille Debussy (1862-1918)
3. Sonata in G minor by Georg Friedrich Haendel (1685-1759)
4. Clair de lune by Claude-Achille Debussy
5. Sonata in Eb major by Johann Sebastien Bach (1685-1750)
6. The Girl with the flaxen hair by Claude-Achille Debussy
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Working on this recording with the artist sculptor Bernard THIMONNIER.
Photo took by Pierre THIMONNIER in the workshop of his father in Subligny, France.
Great musical event with the Alliance Française of Los Angeles in Malibu
Harp and saxophone in church
As part of the village festival, the association “The friends of Saint Sulpice” with the support of the municipality, is organizing a concert in the church on Friday 12 June at 8.45pm, with the duo made up of Maïwenn Le Guyader, harpist, and Willy Ekoué, saxophonist, who will perform works of Purcell, Spoor, Ravel, Debussy, Dukas, Quate and Delmas.
Maïwenn Le Guyader, award winner from the Conservatoire de Bourg La Reine and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, has performed with different groups, such as the Conservatoire de Paris Symphonic and Harmonic Orchestra or the Yvelines Symphonic Orchestra. She is currently studying jazz at EDIM.
Willy Ekoué is a self-taught saxophonist, studied at the CIM (the largest European music school for jazz and modern music) where he opted for the alto and tenor saxophones, and continued his studies in jazz at APPEIJ music school. Since 2007 he has been a musician with “Circus Baobab”, the first aerial acrobatic African circus, performing in France and abroad.
Concert. The audience of 60 enjoyed the duo’s performance.
Friday evening, an enjoyable concert blending the harp and saxophone. 60 spectators savored the performance from Maïwenn Le Guyader and Willy Ekoué, an unlikely union of the harp and saxophone, but which, throughout the enchanting concert, became more and more plausible.
Next concert in the Chapel on August 1st. They played music from Spohr, Delmas, Debussy, Dukas, Purcell and Beethoven.
Languivoa. Sonates en Duo.
For the second time in three days, the social committee organized a concert Wednesday evening under the arch of Languivoa chapel. Far from Monday’s gospel choir, it was in a religious silence that 80 classical music lovers took their places in the nave to listen to the recital by Maïwenn Le Guyader on the harp and Willy Ekoué on the alto saxophone. They are currently on tour in Brittany’s churches and chapels. Haendel, Debussy and Bach enchanted the audience who left the chapel delighted with the performance.
Article from Le Télégramme, 30 July 2010
Concert. Duo under the arches of the Chapelle de la Trinité.
Willy Ekoué and Maïwenn Le Guyader play the first notes in the choir of the church
Thursday evening, two musicians performed in the Chapelle de La Trinité for a “Sonates en duo”. Maïwenn Le Guyader on the harp and Willy Ekoué, soprano saxophone, come from two very different musical backgrounds. Maïwenn Le Guyader is a classical musician. She got the first prize for harp from the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Paris. Willy Ekoué, self-taught musician, plays saxophone with the first African aerial acrobatic circus (Circus Baobab).
The audience appreciated the duo’s performance.
Concert. A pleasant surprise.
A concert given for the first time in the church. A little bit of peace in this cruel world, Friday evening in Saint-Hilaire de Clohars-Fouesnant church, for the classical music concert-goers attending the performance by Maïwenn Le Guyader, on the harp, and Willy Ekoué, on the saxophone. A duo where the marriage of the two instruments was sometimes peaceful, sometimes upbeat depending on the pieces chosen (Debussy, Spohr…) The saxophone quietly leaving room for the harp, while at the same time providing support. No need to be an expert musicologist to appreciate this mix, the sonatas following one after another, in the church made for this type of music. The audience loved it. The applause at the end of the concert may not be the done thing, but clearly showed the pleasure felt by all. An extra hour would have been Welcome!
Concert. Harp and saxophone … for a “Sonate en duo”
Maïwenn Le Guyader on the harp and Willy Ekoué on the saxophone gave a free concert in Arzon church Sunday evening. This beautiful event was shared with the audience simply. This performance was to present their album “Sonates en Duo”. The duo is giving concerts in France’s chapels and churches to promote this new album. Website : www.sonates-en-duo.com
Article from Le Télégramme, 4 August 2009
An unlikely but sublime saxophone and harp duo.
After the success of the Music Festival, the concert on offer at the parish church on Wednesday evening brought in a large audience, to the organizers’ delight.
Marrying the saxophone and the harp could seem strange, but Maïwenn Le Guyader and Willy Ekoué performed the works of Purcell, Ravel, and Debussy beautifully. Music lovers were able to appreciate the undeniable talent of the two musicians who chose to start their tour of France’s churches and chapels by Le Trévoux. These concerts are to promote their album “Sonates en duo”.
On tour in France’s churches and chapels to promote their first album, Sonates en Duo, the harpist Maïwenn Le Guyader and saxophonist Willy Ekoué stopped at Saint Egarec Chapel last Sunday. 70 people came to listen to the experienced duo. Maïwenn Le Guyader began studying the harp at the age of 7 and has played in different symphony orchestras. Willy Ekoué, self-taught, has been the saxophonist for the first aerial acrobatic African circus, the “Circus Baobab”… Two impressive CVs which did not stop the artists from sharing their talent and passion simply. They remind us “As Debussy said, music should humbly please, extreme complication is contrary to art”.
Article from Le Télégramme, 14 July 2009
Harmony in Paris
The French members of SCS were recently invited to attend the presentation of the Edition Annuelle at the Swarovski boutique in St Germain des Près. The event included a private concert by the harpist Maïwenn Le Guyader and the saxophonist Willy Ekoué whose music beautifully illustrated the harmony of the Endangered Species collection. The recital ended with applause from a delighted audience. It was a fitting way to unveil the Endangered Species trilogy.
Sunday 5 July 2009, a few music lovers came to listen to the harp and soprano saxophone duo Maïwenn Le Guyader and Willy Ekoué performing their classical music repertoire. In Saint Yvi church, they played works from Spohr, Ravel, Debussy, Dukas, Purcell… The high quality show won over the audience.
Article from Saint Yvi blog, 17 July 2009
Harp and saxophone duo
Maïwenn Le Guyader and the saxophonist Willy Ekoué are playing tomorrow night in Languivoa chapel in Plonéour-Lanvern
As part of a tour of Brittany’s chapels and churches, Plonéour-Lanvern’s social committee invited the harpist Maïwenn Le Guyader and the saxophonist Willy Ekoué for a free concert in Languivoa chapel.
First prize for harp at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Paris, Maïwenn continued her studies at a jazz school and has played with the Yvelines Symphonic Orchestra and the Conservatoire de Paris Orchestra. She has also recorded music for two short films.
Willy Ekoué, who started playing the saxophone 20 years ago, is self-taught. After two years at jazz school, he chose the tenor and soprano saxophones and became the saxophonist for the “Circus Baobab”, the first African aerial acrobatic circus, and has performed with them in France and abroad.
From their meeting was born the harp and saxophone duo and their album, “Sonates en duo”. They will be playing pieces from this album tomorrow night: Debussy, Haendel, Bach…
Wednesday 28 July, at 9pm in Languivoa chapel, Plonéour Lanvern. Free entry
Concert. The audience of 60 enjoyed the duo’s performance.
Friday evening, an enjoyable concert blending harp and saxophone. 60 spectators savored the performance from Maïwenn Le Guyader and Willy Ekoué, an unlikely union of the harp and saxophone, but which, throughout the enchanting concert, became more and more plausible.
Article from Le Télégramme, 26 July 2010