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Amazing Malcolm

Posted in Music, the Universal language with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2009 by designldg

Amazing Malcolm


This is a portrait of Malcolm Persson Braff, an amazing and talented jazz pianist.
Malcolm is perfoming piano in Erik Truffaz’ album “Benares” and this is how we met.
I took this picture recently, I find his features very interesting, only curves without angles, 
His “yogi” look distinguishes him by a solar happiness and reminds me one of the two yogins from the Upanishad, the one who pierce through the “sun”.

This is a link in order to drink the nectar of his music…



Posted in Music, the Universal language with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2009 by designldg



This is one more portrait of jazz trumpeter Erik Truffaz.

I was trying to catch the music in the image or at least to give a feeling of it.

In the past I attempted to do several pictures of my friend while he was palying the trumpet and I always found it quite difficult.

Mostly because he is always in motion with so many expressions following the music therefore it becomes a kind of challenge to get a nice composition with not too much of blur.

Those kind of pictures are done in the same conditions as sport photography and it requires many right elements to contribute to a good result.

I am still not satisfied of what I have done so far.


This picture is an opportunity to thank the new members of my photography page on FaceBook.

I know that most of you came because of my Benaras-Varanasi pictures and Erik’s last album is about the Eternal city.

“BENARES” is an amazing Indo-Western fusion of modern jazz with Indian classic performed by Indrani & Apurba Mukherjee, Malcom Braff and Erik Truffaz.

“Yay!” is the title of a track from this album.

This is a link to a video (which is not mine) where you can have a feeling about it.


Heaven is White

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Heaven is White


This is another portrait of Christophe with the famous jazz trumpeter Erik Truffaz in the background.

My friend Erik invited Christophe with whom he often performed to sing “L’un dans l’autre” on his album “Arkhangelsk”.

The link of the video with English subtitles shows the recording of this beautiful and touching song.

Le paradis est blanc (Heaven is white) is a metaphor that we can listen among those words of poetry.



Voici un autre portrait de Christophe au côté du célèbre trompettiste de jazz Erik Truffaz.

Mon ami Erik a invité Christophe avec lequel il s’est souvent produit à chanter  “L’un dans l’autre” sur son album “Arkhangelsk”.

Le lien de la video montre l’enregistrement de cette chanson émouvante.

Le paradis est blanc (Heaven is white) est une métaphore que l’on peut entendre parmi ces mots de poésie.

“Rendez-Vous” with Erik

Posted in Chiaroscuro with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2009 by designldg

"Rendez-Vous" with Erik


This is a portait of my friend Erik Truffaz that I did a few days ago backstage after a concert.
I find difficult to take pictures of someone you know, it has to be faithful to the expressions, physical features and the soul that you have in mind and like most of the musicians Erik is always in motion, he doesn’t have any peculiar expression that I wanted to catch.
Among several shots I selected this one where he looks happy and peaceful like he oftenly is.
The treatment in chiaroscuro reminds Dutch portraits of the 18° and contrasts with the creativity of this jazz trumpeter who infuses so many elements of contemporary music into his compositions.

Erik travels a lot around the world where he gives many concerts and he comes often to Varanasi (Benaras).
His “love story” with the oldest living city in the world produced an album, “Benares” in 2008, my friend Gopal is proudly showing it in his little music store along the Ganges.

These are the links to Erik’s official websites:
and to the cover of “Rendez-vous”:


Posted in 7 - Events, Publications & Press with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2009 by designldg



“Rendez-vous” is the new CD (with 3 albums) by my friend Erik Truffaz which was released on November the 3rd of 2008.
This is the link to Erik’s official website:
You can listen to some of the tracks on those sites and allow your soul to travel to PARIS, BENARES & MEXICO.
Enjoy his music …

Of course I listen to the BENARES album everyday, which is a perfect Indo-Western fusion and which is so inspiring to me.

The CD cover is using the only picture I ever took in the sky while I was flying somewhere between Iran and Pakistan on my way to Delhi and this is funny in a way as I have a strong flight phobia since I am a child.

Original image:…