" He does not read music but he sure can play it. "
artistic manager of the Caveau de la Huchette, Paris jazz temple
Leader of the group "harmo & Co", deeply influenced by jazz, the French harmonicist Alain Delhotal gives numerous concerts in France and in the world…
When he was 8 years old, he used to replay by ear what he listens of French musette records or French song, and film music of Ennio Morricone. " Petite fleur " by Sydney Bechet is his first jazz encounter before he discovers the "Master", Toots Thielemans, that he meets 30 years later.
As the mayor of his village he starts a jazz festival where he has the chance to share the stage with a number of musicians : Pierre Michelot, Dany Doriz, Raül De Souza, Brad Lealy, Marcel Azzola…
In Paris, at the Caveau de la Huchette, the Petit Journal Saint-Michel or the Trois Mailletz, he jamms with Georges Arvanitas, Christian Morin, Maxime Saury or the great Rhoda Scott. In the prestigious Music Academy International, he puts together " MO'S 6tet " before "Harmo & Co."
Concerts take him in Germany, in Greece and to the international festival Transes Atlantic, in Morocco in front of 30 000 spectators... HM Mohamed VI, King of Morocco congratulated him for Harmo'Co CD and the piece "Mahroco" composed as a tribute to his country.
In 2013, he received a standing ovation at the International Jazz Festival in Antalya with "Canakkale'yi unutma" a composition in honor of the Turkish people.
As a member of the exclusive circle "Club-med Artists", Alain Delhotal is a regular guest of various bands, rock or reggae, african or gnawa music. He accompanies American singer, Manda Djinn, who sings on his album, contributes to several albums and records music scores for films and French television.
Alain Delhotal is Knight of the National Order of Merit and in the Order of Arts and Letters.