The band is born in 2009 to the meeting of talented musicians, all from different universes and artisitic backgrounds. JUDDU COMBO develops a unique and tasty fusion music, which by all its African energy influences borrowed from jazz, latin and blues, its sensitive melodies and humanist lyrics with universal themes.  

Le groupe est né en 2009, de la rencontre de musiciens de talents, tous issus de culture et d’univers musicaux différents. JUDDU COMBO développe une musique de fusion, unique et savoureuse, qui touche par son énergie toute africaine, ses influences empruntées au jazz, à la musique latine ainsi qu"au blues. Ce métissage musical nourrit des mélodies sensibles et rythmées portées par des textes humanistes aux thèmes universels.


 
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 Valérie Guirao (vocal, electro-acoustic guitar, keyboards, harmonica)

 songwriter, guitarist and vocalist, she begins to learn music at 7 years old. After some years at the music school, quickly she discovers brazilan and jazz music. She sings dating several belgian and french jazz bands. She develops differents musicals projects around jazz and latin music : the LP "Poisson lune"  with her first band So Ouate  (label Harmonia Mundi - 2002 ) and "Aujourd'hui dimanche" under her name VAL'  (project developed with Andry Ravaloson) in 2007 (Indie). Now she writes the songs of Juddu Combo.
 
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Clémence Vandaele (backing vocal)


Clémence has an interesting experience of the stage. She starts to play alone with her guitar during a cople of years singing french songs and more specially, covers of the the very popular french songwriter Georges Brassens. But when she discovers the gipsy music just after her participation as vocalist to a Balkanic-Klemzer brass band  La Balkanaise, she decides to learn accordion to play her songs and create the Panienki project. This project opened the opportunity for Clemence to work the harmonizing voices and to cross the road of Juddu Combo. 
 
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Andry Ravaloson (electric guitar & dobro)

He begins to learn music at 9/10 years old. He plays guitars for weddings and dancing parties at Madagascar until he was 17. When he arrives in France, he learns jazz and improvised musics. He is graduated from the CIM Paris (Ecole de Jazz et des musiques improvisées) in 1984. After his graduation he played music with many artists like Stéphane Belmondo, Clarke Terry, Dave Liebman, Riccardo Dal Fra,... He meets Valérie Guirao en 2002 and he produces with her the LP "Aujourd'hui dimanche" in 2007. Now he brings his talent and eclectic guitar playing to Juddu Combo.
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 Maël Bougeard (saxophone)

Maël is a very talended saxophonist.  He starts to learn saxophone when he was 7 years old. His teachers were Fabrice Martinez and Mederic Collignon at the Music school of Charleviile-Mezières. Few years later, he follows his classical studies of saxophone at the Music Shool of Reims.But quickly, he prefers to develop his technical for the improvised musics like jazz . Therefore, he goes to Paris to learn at the ARPEJ (Ecole du Jazz des musiques afro-américianes ) and after, at Jazz à Tours where he follows the class of Michel Goldberg. Maël is also graduated : he obtains the D.E.M. at the CRR of Lille. At this moment, Maël has more than 500 live perfomances on stage ; He is member of various bands in France .Now, his sensitive and explosive style brings non such colors to the music of Juddu Combo.

 

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 Mickaël Knockaert (bugle/trumpet)

Very young, he starts to learn classical  trumpet in the music school of Lille (France). When he was 18 years old, he leaves the world of classical music to explore the improvised musics. He follows the jazz studies at the CRR of Lille. he plays trumpet with different bands like La Fanfare du Nord de la France (winner of the silver medal at the Golden Trumpet Festival of Guca (Serbia)), Zytoun (Electro/jazz), Hard-Bop Machine or Du poil à Bratscher (Balkan/dub). Now he proposes his musical talent to Juddu Combo.
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Bara Ravaloson (bass)

He is a great bass guitar and drummer, very appreciated for the strength of his playing and his versatility. He played with famous musiciens knowed in the international jazz world : Michel Grailler, Tommy smith, Claus Stotter, Ricardo Dal Fra. He participates to master class with musicians like Clark Terry (famous trumpet of Duke Ellington), Sylvain Beuf or Eric Barret. With Juddu Combo, he brings all his musical experience and rhythmic colors.



 
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Arnaud Clerc (percussions)

Multi-percussionist, Arnaud learned traditional percussion at Cuba and  West Africa. He is graduated in Afro-cuban and Jazz percussion of the National music School of Lille. He worked with many artist well-knowned of  the world Music  area like Martha Galarraga (Cuba), Raul Paz  (Cuba), Lokua Kanza (RDC), Ba Cissoko (Guinée Conakry), Hassan Boussou (Maroc), La Compagnie des Tire Laine (France Musique Tzigane, Klezmer), Dubians (Dub, signed by Pas France), His interest for flamenco led him to Seville where he studies with the master of Cajon and palms as Ramo, Porrina, Pirana, Paquito Gonzalez, Isidro Suarez y "Torombo". With Juddu Combo, he brings his rhythmic creativity.
 
 
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Tohery Ravaloson (drums)

Tohery Ravaloson is member of a family of musicians well knowed in Madagascar.... He starts to learn music at 6 years old with his uncle Haja... At this time, his instrument was piano. But quickly he prefers to play drums and bass. Arrived in the north of France in 2007, he follows the studies in the music jazz school of Lille. He develops his game in drums playing with great jazzmen in France. Influenced by Jack Dejohnnette, Peter Eskine or Antonio sanchez, he participates to differents musical projects : Julien Marga Quartet, Simon Fache big band or Alala Malagasy Folk.  WIth Juddu Combo, the expressiveness of his playing brings an inimitable beat.
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