Le Boeuf Brothers (NYC)


Remy Le Boeuf — Saxophone

Pascal Le Boeuf — Keyboards

Martin Nevin — Bass

Allan Mednard –Drums

Remy and Pascal Le Boeuf (saxophone and piano) are part of a growing New York jazz scene characterized by odd time signatures, alternative rock, and the influences of artists such as Radiohead, Brian Blade and Kurt Rosenwinkel. What illuminates the 23-year-old Le Boeuf Brothers among other young jazz musicians is their uncanny ability to communicate with each other using their own secret musical language. This isn’t surprising when you discover that Pascal and Remy Le Boeuf are identical twins. In their short musical career, the Le Boeuf Brothers (pronounced “le buff”) have garnered an impressive tally of national and international awards and accomplishments, the most notable being the ASCAP/IAJE Commission honoring Quincy Jones, which premiered at the 2004 IAJE conference and featured tenor saxophonist Chris Potter. The Le Boeuf Brothers have also received awards from Downbeat Magazine, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and dominated the 2006 Independent Music Awards, winning Best Jazz Album and Best Jazz Song for their prior release ‘Migration’. Most recently, the track “Code Word” from their new album “House Without A Door” received 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition. Upon graduating from the Manhattan School of Music in 2007, Remy and Pascal maintained their primary identities as modern jazz musicians with strong roots in the jazz tradition, while concurrently indulging individual alternate musical identities. Remy, a closet oboist, has a deep understanding and passion for classical music and has a secret life as a contemporary classical composer. Pascal, a working singer songwriter and electronica composer collaborates with various artists for a soon to be released rock/electronica album under the alias “iPascal”.. When these vectors converge in the twins’ creative cauldron what emerges is an inspired synergetic perspective that is fresh, competent, and enticing. The Le Boeuf Brothers have recently collaborated on their most recent album “House Without A Door.” Described by the New York Times as an ‘impressively self assured new album, which reaches for the gleaming cosmopolitanism of our present era.’ And by All About Jazz as ‘one of the most engaging and original albums to emerge in 2009.’ “It showcases their evermore-confident composing. While half of the album features a tough, young rhythm section of their musical peers, the other half finds the twins keeping company with stellar New York cats like drummer Clarence Penn, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland.” (Monterey County Weekly). Pascal describes ‘House without a Door’ as ‘an attempt to create the perfect balance between intellect and emotion. After spending time apart working on contemporary classical composition and rock/electronica individually, it made sense for us to combine forces on this album.” These influences shine on tracks such as Remy’s “Tabula Rasa,” a thru-composed maze of colorful saxophone arpeggios, and Pascal’s “Wetaskiwin,” a dreamlike hymn clearly influenced by Radiohead. “Our hope is that by connecting with our own personal emotions through music, we can connect with our audience.”