Pierre Favre was born in Le Locle in the Swiss canton of Jura. He first performed as a professional musician at the age of 17 following self-taught percussion play since the age of 15. Although his initial contact with jazz music was Be-Bop, he later played in various older styles such as New-Orleans and Dixieland.
Towards the end of the 60s, Pierre Favre developed a new melodious concept for percussion. Based on the conventional percussion unit, he began to change his instrument. It became an independent and standalone sound source actually producing orchestral sound qualities during solo concerts.
In the early 70s, Pierre Favre followed a new path that was to make him famous for his originality. Without being particularly aware of it, Pierre Favre's play adapted more and more to that of an orchestral whole. The critics were convinced by the exceptional quality of his solo performances from the very beginning. Favre's solos have nothing in common with the ostentatious virtuosity executed by the great percussionists to demonstrate their brilliant style and skills in accompaniment. Favre, on the contrary, has a personal musical vision: it is the vision of a percussive sound and additionally of an orchestral percussion – to be understood in the same sense as a piano sonata. The Chinese, looking back on a culture of continuity of several thousand years, were very distinct when they said: "You play like our old masters".
He has performed in solo concerts all over the world and played together with musicians from Africa, India, China, Korea and Brazil. And still Favre remained in very close contact with the European music. Pierre Favre is also devoted to composition. He has written for his own projects, symphony orchestras and modern music ensembles, as well as for theatres and dancers. He holds courses in rhythm.
Sound Tales (1989-1990) for Percussion Trio Duration: 16' 00" Manuscript