Gaël was born on 22 August 1975 in Caen, France.
A saxophonist with a classical and jazz background, he began his career in 1992.
1994 to 1997
Member of Collectif MU* and helped found the Crescent Jazz Club where he shared the stage with experienced guests such as Charles Bellanzi, Luigi Trussardi, Clovis Nicolas, Wayne Dockery, Eric Lelann, Steve Grossman, Peter King and Ricardo del Fra).
* Vienna Festival 1995 and Jazz at La Défense 1996
Together with KPT’N PLANET (featuring Philippe Garcia on drums) he founded the group Cosmik Connection**, an electro-drum’n’jazz fusion laboratory soon joined by Jérémie Picard (aka Jahbass).
** MIDEM Talents 2001 and Electro Discovery at The 2000 Printemps de Bourges
Joined the Laurent de Wilde sextet and accompanied him on tour and in the studio on the “Time for Change” and “Stories” albums. Also continued to provide sax for electronic music tracks (UHT, DJ Volta, DJ Ben, among others) and started to play his own solo performances with a live electro-drum’n’bass show under the pseudonym Dual Snake.
Founded the group NHX, a new electro-instrumental laboratory with Yoann Serra on drums and three musicians who played in Magma, Philippe Bussonnet (bass), Emmanuel Borghi (Fender Rhodes) and James Mac Gaw (guitar).
Met Barry Harris during an internship at The Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Has since studied regularly with the master of bebop in Europe and the United States.
Collaborated with Laurent de Wilde composing the “Organics” album. Electro-jazz quintet with Yoann Sera and Philippe Bussonnet.
Release of DUAL SNAKE drum’n’bass album (DTC Records/La Baleine).
Cosmik Connection album “Grand Panache!” (DTC Records/La Baleine).
Produced a beautiful nu-jazz album halfway between acoustic and computer composition “Explorations” (DTC Records/La Baleine).
Formed a quartet with Jean-Sebastien Simonoviez, Francois Gallix and American drummer Ari Hoenig. The band recorded a double live album at Sunside in Paris, “Pour la Terre” (DTC Records/Harmonia Mundi) followed by a tour in 2009 and 2010 (Night of Jazz in Caen, Lyon Hot Club, Sunside in Paris, Poco Loco in Clermont-Ferrand, Tabor Park in Rennes, etc). The group took part in the “Chamber Music America” programme and gave a concert at the Jazz Gallery in New York in May 2010.
Since 2002, Gaël Horellou has performed regularly in sax/ bass/drums trios with Geraud Portal and Antoine Paganotti or Philippe Soirat, playing numerous concerts in small venues in Paris and across France, as well as at festivals (Cervione 2010, Jazz Under the Apple Trees in 2010, among others). Three trio albums to date on the Petit label, “Live 2008”, “Segment” (2010) and “Plo” (2012).
Between 2006 and 2011, he played in pianist and composer Jean-Sebastien Simonoviez’s group Transition, working on the albums “A Different Way” (2007) and “Transition Cosmic Power” (2012).
Recorded a new album for Fresh Sound, “Time after Time”, with Perico Sambeat (alto saxophone), Albert Sanz (piano), Nicolas Moreaux (bass) and Antoine Paganotti (drums), released in June 2013.
Recorded the electro-jazz album “Synthesis” with David Patrois (vibes), Geraud Portal (double bass) and Antoine Paganotti (drums) at La Rodia in Besançon, released in June 2015 by DTC Records/Harmonia Mundi. Concerts at Le Triton (Les Lilas) on 6 February and at New Morning (Paris) on 4 June.
Since 2012, Gael Horellou has hosted monthly “After-Hours Sessions” at Le Duc des Lombards in Paris, giving him the opportunity to meet and play with international musicians such as Jeremy Pelt, Marcus Miller, Roxy Coss, Rodney Green, Jonathan Barber, Jalil Shaw and Eric Alexander.
Live recording at Le Duc des Lombards of a new quartet album with Etienne Déconfin (piano), Viktor Nyberg (bass), Antoine Paganotti (drums) and as a special guest the American saxophonist Abraham Burton. The album “Legacy” was released in February 2014 . French tour, including New Morning, Radio-France, Poco Loco (Clermont-Ferrand), Champs Libres (Rennes), Théâtre de Lisieux, Comédie de Ferney-Voltaire, Conservatoire de Caen, Sunset (Girona, Spain), among other venues.
Recording session in New York for a new quartet album, “BrOoklyn” released in November 2014 by the Spanish label Fresh Sound Records, with Ari Hoenig (drums), Etienne Déconfin (piano) and Viktor Nyberg (double bass).
Tour of France and Spain, including Jam (Montpellier), Le Duc des Lombards, Festival de Conhilac-Corbières, IMFP (Salon-de-Provence), Jamboree (Barcelona), Nova Jazz Caba (Terrasa, Spain), Jimmy Glass (Valencia, Spain).
Residency at l’Arrosoir (Chalons-sur-Saone) where the album “ROY” was recorded with Fredéric Nardin (Hammond B3) and Antoine Paganotti (drums).
“ROY” was released on the Petit label. Numerous shows in France in 2014/2015/2016.
Recording in New York of the “Nasty Factorz” electronic duo project with Ari Hoenig. Concert at Nublu in Manhattan.
New York – quartet concert at Something Jazz for the release of the album “BrOoklyn”. Show at Nublu by the electronic duo with Ari Hoenig “Nasty Factorz” and concert for the solo project “Travels” at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn.
Bogota, Colombia – “Travels” solo project concert at Matik Matik.
Reunion Island – Residency/concerts/recording as part of the “Identité” project, a fusion of jazz and maloya, a traditional Reunion musical genre, with Florent Gac (Hammond B3) and four local musicians: Vincent Philéas, Emmanuel Félicité, Jerome Calciné (percussion/vocals) and Nicolas Beaulieu (guitar). Masterclass at St. Pierre Conservatory.
Tour (Carcassonne, Lyon, Genève, Marseille) and recording with the organ trio featuring Nardin and Paganotti for the Petit label, released in January 2017.
Paris – two concerts and studio recording as a quintet with special guest Jeremy Pelt (trumpet), Etienne Déconfin (piano), Viktor Nyberg (double bass), Antoine Paganotti (drums) for the label Fresh Sound New Talent. Release: end of 2017.
Shows in France with Ari Hoenig as a quartet and as the duo “Nasty Factorz” at Sunset (Paris), Festival de Malguenac, Parc du Tabor (Rennes), Festival de Dinan.
Release of the album “Nasty Factorz” with Ari Hoenig (DTC Records/Socadisc).
Release of the album “Identité” (Breakz/Socadisc), and Indian Ocean tour.