Hubert Dupont, ou l’exploration généreuse

À la contrebasse, Hubert Dupont accompagne Sabîl depuis plusieurs années. Il a connu Youssef en jouant avec le pianiste Elie Maalouf, puis l’a intégré à ses projets – les quintette et trio Jasmim (2012). Lorsque Youssef le présente à Ahmad, le duo devient trio comme une évidence, en raison des talents musicaux d’Hubert, de sa connaissance des rythmes orientaux comme de sa personnalité généreuse. Le duo joue aussi de plus en plus avec les changements d’accords, ce qui confère un rôle particulier à la basse. Mais Hubert est en outre un compositeur furieusement curieux de toute découverte. Il a accompagné des légendes du jazz comme Harold Land, Robin Eubanks, Steve Lacy, Glenn Ferris... Pendant ces mêmes années 90 il devenait un agitateur de la scène parisienne du jazz alternatif. Bassiste, contrebassiste, meneur de projets, il tourne (et anime stages et master-classes) de la Finlande à l’Algérie, aux États-Unis, du Canada à l’Égypte, de la Norvège au Sénégal. Chaque fois, il donne autant qu’il reçoit. Il est membre du groupe Thôt de Stéphane Payen, et de Kartet, où les compositions de chacun inventent un univers sonore qui renouvelle les langages et le jeu improvisé. Son album de contrebasse solo le consacre “révélation 2005” (Guitarist/Bassman) ; d’autres distinctions suivront au fil de ses collaboration avec le saxophoniste indo-new-yorkais Rudresh Mahanthappa, l’artiste numérique Tom Mays, le vidéaste Renaud Rubiano, le rappeur afro-américain Mike Ladd ou encore le sénégalais Ibrahima Diassé...


Hubert Dupont: generous exploration
Hubert Dupont and his double bass have been accompanying Sabîl for several years now. Hubert became acquainted with Youssef when playing with the pianist, Elie Maalouf, following which he invited Youssef to join the Jasmim Project (2012), in both its trio and quintet formations. When Youssef introduced Hubert to Ahmad, the double bass player’s musical talents and knowledge of oriental rhythms, as well as his generous personality, meant it was only natural the duo should become a trio. Youssef and Ahmad were also increasingly playing around with tuning, which provided a vital role for the double bass. What is more, Hubert is a fiercely curious composer, always eager for discovery. Throughout the 1990s he accompanied such jazz legends as Harold Land, Robin Eubanks, Steve Lacy, and Glenn Ferris, as well as becoming one of the driving forces of the alternative jazz scene in Paris.

A bass and double bass player, an instigator of projects, he has performed and led master classes and workshops around the world from Finland to Algeria, from Canada to Egypt, from Norway to Senegal, as well as in the United States. Always giving as much as he gets. He is a member of Stéphane Payen’s group, Thôt, and of Kartet, in which the compositions of each member create a sound universe that revitalises the languages and improvisation of music. In 2005, he was named Guitarist and Bass Magazine’s “Revelation” of the year for his first solo double bass album; other distinctions were to follow as he embarked on collaborations with Indian-American saxophonist, Rudresh Mahanthappa, digital artist Tom Mays, video artist, Renaud Rubiano, American hip-hop artist, Mike Ladd and Senegalese percussionist, Ibrahima Diassé. In 2016 he created the Golan sextet, where his exploration of symmetrical pitch groups and Messiaen modes meets the Arabic maqam scales, and his polyrhythms (“a bric-a-brac related to M-Base jazz, Aka Moon, the grammar of Indian music, of African music…”2) meet those of Youssef. Hubert comes to Sabîl “as a jazz musician. I want to strengthen the rhythmic feel, to be in the right colour at any given moment, to be receptive and reactive”. But he is also keen to “contribute to music that is alive, eclectic and resilient. And to bring something unexpected, something unique”. Something poeticand acrobatic: something of himself.