Film shooting of a documentary about “Whisper of a Shadow” in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Stay tuned!


“Whisper of a Shadow” at the Maison Française in Washington D.C

Thank you Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the U.S French Embassy, and D.C Jazz Festival for having invited us to perform Whisper of a Shadow and celebrate the French American Jazz Exchange program in Washington D.C.
It has been an honor for all of us to be part of such event and share the stage with the great David Krakauer and Anakronic.

Thank you also Peter ZakJudy KangRobin Lynn BraunMeaghan Burke, Denise Stillwell, Roland Guerin, and Lee Pearson II for performing with Evan Christopher and I to our concert.


Excited to announce the crowdfunding “Whisper of a Shadow” Kickstarter campaign open !

Here is your opportunity to help produce a creative homage to the Louisiana 19th century pianist and composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869) featuring New Orleans based clarinetist Evan Christopher.

Support the French-American collaboration that features some of the best musicians including Evan Christopher – Clarinet Road (clarinet), Herlin Riley(drums), Aaron Diehl (piano), Roland Guerin (bass), Nicholas Payton & Yohan Giaume (trumpets), Tristan Liehr & Louis-Jean Perreau (Violins), Manu Emmanuel François (viola), Thomas Ravez (Cello), Philippe Makaïa & Bago. balthazar (Percussions), Chuck Perkins (poetry, spoken word performance), Bruce Sunpie BarnesNell SimmonsMerv CampbellTroy Sawyer, Casme’Barnes (vocals), Greg Hicks & Terrance Taplin (trombones), Matt Perrine (tuba) and other guests.

To have access to the exclusive rewards only available during the Kickstarter campaign, pre-order your reward(s) now ! You will not only receive your chosen reward(s) before the official release of the CD but you will also help us to finalise the project and finance the post-production of the CD !

The campaign will run for 30 days from today and will success only if it reaches its funding goal before August 9th.

So thank you in advance for your support !

On behalf of the project and all involved thus far,


Go to the Kickstarter page


Heureux d’annoncer le lancement de la campagne de financement participatif en vue de la finalisation du disque “Whisper of a Shadow – Homage to Louis Moreau Gottschalk” !

Vous avez dès à présent l’opportunité de nous aider à produire un hommage créatif au pianiste et compositeur louisianais, Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869), que j’ai composé, et réalisé en collaboration avec le clarinettiste américain basé à La Nouvelle-Orléans Evan Christopher.

En contribuant à ce projet, vous soutenez une création musicale réunissant des musiciens français et américains, dont Evan Christopher (clarinette), Herlin Riley (batterie), Aaron Diehl (piano), Roland Guerin (contrebasse), Nicholas Payton & Yohan Giaume (trompettes), Tristan Liehr & Louis-Jean Perreau (violons), Emmanuel François (alto), Thomas Ravez (violoncelle), Philippe Makaia & Bago Balthazar (percussions), Bruce Sunpie Barnes (voix), Nell Simmons, Kid Merv, Troy Sawyer, Casme’Barnes (choeur), Greg Hicks & Terrence Taplin (trombones), Matt Perrine (tuba) et quelques autres invités!

La campagne dure 30 jours. En souscrivant pendant cette période, vous obtiendrez non seulement le CD avant sa sortie officielle ou d’autres récompenses uniquement disponibles pendant la campagne, et de plus vous nous aiderez à financer la post-production du CD.

Merci de votre soutien!

Au nom du projet et de tous les artistes participants,



“Whisper Of A Shadow” recording at Sextan Studio in Paris!

Very special recording with the Master Percussionists Philippe Makaia (Guadeloupe) and Bago Balthazar (Martinique) that contribute to the spirit of “Whisper of A Shadow” with such Mastery! Looking forward to share the result with you!


Check out the trailer of “Whisper Of A Shadow” project !


“Whisper Of A Shadow” recording at Esplanade Studio, New Orleans.

I am tremendously honored to record “Whisper of a Shadow” with Evan Christopher, Herlin Riley, Roland Guerin, Aaron Diehl, Chuck Perkins, Emmanuel François, Tristan Liehr, Thomas Ravez, Louis-Jean Perreau.
And with the extraordinary guests : Nicholas Payton, Bruce Sunpie Barnes, Seguenon Koné, Matt Perrine, Terrance Taplin and Greg Kicks among others…!


“Whisper Of A Shadow” concert announced at Bard College, USA. 

Catskill Jazz Factory is sponsoring a concert performance of “Whisper of a Shadow” at Bard College on Friday, April 14th 2017. Fisher Center, LUMA Theater, USA.

Click here for more informations


“WHISPER OF A SHADOW” project Awarded a Grant From the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE)

In addition to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and the Conseil Régional Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes supports, a 2016 French American Jazz Exchange award (supported by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the French Embassy, the Doris Duke Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, l’Institut Français, le Ministère de la Culture, the Sacem) has been awarded to the Whisper of a Shadow project. It will offer to Yohan Giaume and New Orleans based clarinetist Evan Christopher the opportunity to record “Whisper of a Shadow” in late March in New Orleans.

Click here for more informations about the Whisper of a Shadow project.




Composer-arranger, trumpeter and ethnomusicologist, Yohan Giaume is building an oeuvre that combines his passion for world music traditions, large-scale collaborative efforts, and love for the trumpet, his first instrument. His musicological research focuses on the origins and intersections of musics between the Americas, Europe and Africa, but his motivation is always to create that allow traditional musics to inform and inspire in contemporary settings.

Born in 1977 near Grenoble, in Southeast France, Yohan Giaume studied trumpet, and composition in the French Conservatories of Lyon, Chambéry and Grenoble. He received academic honors and prizes for music composition including the “Prix SACEM while studying jazz harmony, arrangement and trumpet with the renowned trumpeter Pierre Drevet at the Conservatory of Chambery. Later, Giaume studied orchestration with Olivier Kaspar at the Conservatory of Saint Maur, Paris and completed a Master’s in Musicology at the University of Sorbonne.

Diverse international adventures followed his studies. For example, he studied traditional Cuban music in Cuba and toured with groups such as the Banda de Santiago de Cuba and Benito Suarez, a former guitarist of the Buena Vista Social Club (2004-2005); he learned about the balkan brass bands of Macedonia and arranged a project for the original Kocani Orkestar (AMDRA, 2005); he recorded and arranged for tango expert Juan Carlos Caceres in Argentina (Utopia/Mañana Music, 2007) after a 2006 ‘Envie d’Agir’ prize allowed him to study Argentinian folk music. Investigations of Afro-Peruvian traditions brought him to Peru in 2009 where he toured and recorded with singer Mirtha Guerrero and guitarist Felix Casaverde, a former guitarist of Chabuca Granda and Susanna Baca (De Verdes y Maduras, Independant, 2010). Since 2013, he has been involved with the Marrakech Music Collective in Morocco as a musician and composer-arranger.

Giaume’s international involvements did not prevent him from staying active in his native France. Highlights include arranging music for a two-hundred musician ensemble for the annual street show commissioned by the 2006 Biennale de la Danse in Lyon. In 2009, his arrangements of songs by Claude Nougaro were performed in Toulouse by artists including Manu Dibango, singer André Minvielle, and multi-instrumentist Guillaume Lopez. In 2011, Christian Vieussens hired Giaume to compose, arrange and perform music for his spectacle “Le Concert.”

But it was a pilgrimage to New Orleans in 2009 that Giaume began the journey leading up to the Gottschalk project by immersing himself in the indigenous African-American and Creole traditions there, he captured the attention of New Orleans-based clarinetist Evan Christopher who hired Giaume to arrange pieces for full orchestra. These were debuted by the Minnesota Orchestra in 2010 in a concert that celebrated the traditional music of New Orleans and the New Orleans clarinet style. A “Villa Medicis – Hors les Murs” grant from the Institut Français in 2012 allowed Giaume to expand his research for a project inspired by the funeral music of New Orleans. His latest research focuses on the influence of Afro-Caribbean rhythm in the early New Orleans jazz and a 2016 French American Jazz Exchange award will allow him to record his project titled “Whisper of a Shadow” featuring Evan Christopher.