Bassist, composer, music arranger, Leïla Soldevila is currently involved in numerous musical projects in styles as varied as jazz and improvised musics (Loïs Levan Sextet produced by Laurent Carrier of Colore Production, IQ4tet, Simulacre, Tréma Quartet), Kurdish music (Nishtiman), traditional music from different countries (Roots Revival Roumania, Gathas), Eastern music (Brin’Tzig, Bazaarium), Russian music (Baïkal Quartet), French chanson (Djazz’elles, Greta Oto), pop music (Half Seas Over produced by Gilles Peterson Worldwide), tango (Escotilla Tango) and classical music. She participates in numerous concerts with all her groups and tours in France and abroad (mainly in Canada, India, Bangladesh, Iran, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Morocco, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Italy, in the United Kingdom, in the Netherlands).
She took part in a recording with the Nishtiman group under the Accords Croisés label – the album received 4F in
Télérama in November 2013 -, then a concert in the « Au Fil des Voix » Festival (filmed by Mezzo, BBC, Arte Live
Web). The group performs since March 2013 in concert venues such as the Café de la Danse in Paris, the Espal Theater in Mans, the Docks des Suds in Marseilles for the « Babel Med Music » festival, the Municipal Theater of Rezé, MNEMA Cité Miroir in Liège and the Holland Festival in Amsterdam.
She is interested in artistic realizations that associate different artistic categories. The adventures she shares with the « Altouras » group (melody & painting), and within the shows “Achnabour” (directed by Christian Schiaretti at T.N.P. De Villeurbanne), « Bavardage » (dance show of the « Corps et des Accords » company under the direction of the choreograph Carole Hivet), « Au Bonheur des Hommes » (Musical produced by Jean-Marie Lecoq), «L’amour Anarchiste Breaking news concert » (theatrical creation with the Underground Sugar company), reflect this momentum.
Leïla Soldevila has played the piano since she was 6 years old and the bass since she was 18. While pursuing scientific studies, she studied at the CNR of Lyon with J. Regard in jazz and J.M. Verne in classical music. She obtained her Diploma of Musical Studies of classic Bass in 2008. She then continued her studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with H. Van de Geijn and J.P. Everts to get a Bachelor degree in September 2010. Afterward, she was admitted at the CNSMD of Paris where she worked in particular with R. Del Fra, H. Sellin, and F. Theberge, until she obtained her Master’s Degree of “Jazz and Improvised Music” in June 2013. She is supported by the Mécénat Musical Société Générale for the year 2014.
Photo credit: Emmanuelle Alès