Willy Ekoue

Willy E.

Los Angeles, CA

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Willy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 5+

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I was born in Paris in France. In 1998 I get a scholarship to go to the prestigious jazz school, CIM, in Paris. I obtain a first soloist price for saxophone. From 2002 to 2004 I continue my training in the Paris Jazz School under Arpeij teacher Michel GOLDBERG. I obtain the first Price of arrangement in 2014. In 2005 I obtain a 2 year scholarship to study School of Jazz EDIM which allows me to expand my knowledge. I obtain my diploma the FNEIJMA (Professional degree). In 2005, I form a classical music duet with harp calls Sonate en Duo. My website: www.sonates-en-duo.com I record my first album under the name of Sonates en Duo. This unusual alliance between a soprano saxophone and a harp, demands arrangements especially for this work. In 2007 I put together CIRCUS BAOBAB, which becomes a reference in the world of contemporary African circus. Circus Baobab is the first aerial acrobatics circus that incorporates African music. Acrobatics, traditional dance and contemporary Guinea story telling from Africa and stories of Mandingo. I tour the world and all of France with this show. After its success, the musicians of the Circus Baobab troupe decided to an Afro Jazz Guinea formation, taking a major part of the music from the Nimba orchestra, In 2011, I am the saxophonist in the “Twinkel Quintet” group; an electro-acoustic experimental jazz band directed and created by harpist Maïwenn EKOUE. In the same year, I integrate a brass section of Guinean singer and musician BA CISSOKO combining modernism and Mandingo tradition. Tours organized throughout France and abroad including many festivals

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Saxophone recording
Jun 2016 - Jul 2016
Alhassane CAMARA

In June and July of 2016, Willy was the saxophonist for the recording of an album of the percussionist Alhassane CAMARA, better known as DARTAGNAN. This talented musician from Guinea has created an album that blends traditional West African music with a more modern, contemporary kind of music. The album will be released in 2017.

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Saxophone recording
Mar 2015 - Jun 2015
BA CISSOKO for crystal record

the group BA CISSOKO releases their new album called “Djeli”.

Saxophone recording
Jan 2014 - Mar 2014

Willy recorded of the album WALI with the famous balafon player from Guinea Sory DIABATE.

Saxophone recording
Feb 2006 - Mar 2006
Town hall in Paris

Willy records the music for the inauguration of the Tramway in Paris


Master of Music Performance (Jazz Studies)
Sep 2005 - Jun 2007
EDIM College, Cachan – France
Artist diploma in jazz studies
Sep 2002 - Jun 2004
Paris Jazz School ARPEIJ in Paris - France
Bachelor of Music Performance (jazz saxophone player)
Sep 1998 - Jun 2000
CIM Jazz School Music


Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Diploma the FNEIJMA
Jun 2007
Jazz School Music EDIM
Diploma of Musical Jazz Study
May 2004
Paris Jazz School under ARPEIJ
First Soloist Prize for saxophone
May 2000
Jazz School Music « CIM » (Paris, France)

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Sicilianno by Bach with Sonates en Duo
Alla Gitana by Paul Dukas with Sonates en Duo, live Music in France
Arabesque by Claude Debussy with Sonates en Duo. Live music in France
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