SAMUEL BERTHOD : DJOïKA
“A born musician” in the words of J.Cabourg, Diapason .
The French clarinettist Samuel Berthod, already made strong impression
at the age of 16 when he made his first classical performance playing
After winning the prestigious 1st prize at the National Academy of Music
of Aubervilliers-La Courneuve, he embarked on a solo career –
embracing a whole range of styles varying between Classical,
Contemporary repertoires to include Jazz and free jazz. He also began
composing and taught himself Eastern European style music..
It is with this same enthusiasm and thirst for discovery that he set off to
meet musicians from all over Eastern Europe - from Russia, Moldavia,
Bulgaria ex-Yugoslavia and Romania.
He has performed at : Sentier des Halles, Radio-France, French and
Canadian festivals, and has worked with Les Yeux Noirs for TV and radio.
Because of the range of his playing abilities, he has been asked to take
part in the production of a number of albums including :
Cap Vert ( Téofilo Chantre ), Chanson Française ( Zacot ), Gnawa-Raï
Marocain ( Binobin ), and Comptines pour enfants ( Béatrice Fontaine ).
Currently he teaches Klezmer & Gypsy music at the Sergueï Rachmaninov
Russian Academy of Music in Paris. He has also been invited to conduct
Master Classes at the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow ( Winter
With Djoika, Samuel Berthod is signaling a new era for this highly artistic
popular music that, with its energy and vitality, is so loved by audiences.
Djoika sounds like an Eastern wind.
It finds its source at the heart of Samuel Berthod’s clarinet. It carries with it the exuberant joy, hope, and freedom of nomadic music.
With the accordion, Djoïka gathers momentum as a rebellious Gypsy breeze, ruffling feelings, caressing Slavonic souls, while the violin provokes a sensual shiver within.
As the music reaches the heart of the city, Djoïka acquires a jazz like flavour, only to move on again, swirling into improvisations.
Djoïka sweeps up everything in its path, smashing through walls of style, reaching far beyond any convention – leaving us dizzy with emotion.