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Francois Moutin

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Francois Moutin was born in Paris. At age five, Francois began studying guitar, then piano by age 11. Also studying mathematics and physics, Francois received a college degree in engineering and earned a doctorate in physics at the age of 24, before he elected to become a professional musician. As a member of the legendarey Martial Solal’s Trio, Francois was recognized as one of the finest young bass players in Europe. At 29, he began co-leading the Quintet Moutin with his twin brother Louis, a top echelon Jazz drummer. This project has evolved into the Moutin Reunion Quartet. With this band, the brothers have toured extensively around Europe and the U.S. The third album of the Moutin Reunion Quartet Something Like Now (after Power Tree and Red Moon), was released in September 2005. When he was still living in Paris, Francois worked non-stop with the greatest musicians of this age: Martial Solal, Michel Portal, Antoine Herve, Daniel Humair, André Ceccarelli, Eric Lelann, Jean-Michel Pilc, Christian Escoude. He has also performed with Peter Erskine, including, Randy Brecker, Niels Lan Doky, Mino Cinelu, Dave Liebman, and L’ensemble Inter Contemporain. In November 1997, Francois moved his base to New York where he has found steady work in live performance and studio sessions with the premier artists on the New York Jazz Scene. He is a familiar presence on the stages of such establishments as Sweet Rhythm, Jazz Standard, Birdland, Village Vanguard, and more. François has also appeared in major Jazz Festivals around the country, including Newport JVC Jazz Festival, Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival in New York, Monterey Jazz Festival, and San Francisco Jazz Series.