Flutes: Emilie Calme
Harmonicas: Laurent Maur
Bass: Ouriel Ellert
Drums: Curtis Efoua
“What’s YOUPI 4tet?
We could define it as a swirl of sounds, ideas and influences linked altogether with vitality. “Youpism” as they call it is a positive state of mind that we need to do the things the best we can, and in a peacefull mood. After I saw the show, I have to say that I was converted”
Carlos Oliveira-Action jazz
Inouie Distribution - 2018/04
“considered by Alain Jean Marie as the best kept-secrets in French jazz-music, Laurent Maur masters the chromatic harmonica, inspired by Toots Thielemans, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. Emilie Calmé, on the other hand, studied bansuri flute and enjoys mixing jazz and indian music. Their musical world is hypnotic and vigourous.”
Louis Julien Nicolaou-TELERAMA
“This is Youpi quartet’s 1st album ,(……) If I already talked about the wonderful Laurent and Ouriel in this review, I must confess that I never heard about the two others talented musicians. The band comes from the meeting of two duos (Laurent Maur/ Emilie Calme on a side and Ouriel Ellert/ Curtis Efoua on the other side). Youpi 4tet offers us eight originals. Wonderfull melodies, sophisticated atmosphere, subtle accompaniments, despite the soloists’ virtuosity and the rhythm section’s enthusiasm, we definitely are in expressive musicality, never in a skill demonstration… A remarkable quartet that have to be appreciated in live performances”.
Thierry Fantobasse Menu –BATTEUR MAGAZINE