Hadrien Feraud is one of the most interesting and talented players in the bass world. He has collaborated with John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Billy Cobham, Jean Luc Ponty, Bireli Lagrene, Dean Brown, Hiromi Uehara, Lee Ritenour …
In 2001, Hadrien played at the "Basse Contre Basse" concert in memory of double bass player Francois Jenny-Clark. Joined by Bireli Lagrene and Sylvain Luc on guitars and Franck Agulhon on drums, Hadrien was quickly noticed by the star-studded audience which included Richard Bona, Garcia Fons, Dominique Dipiazza and the Moutin brothers.
The next year Hadrien formed a power trio called Le Cartel, with Jim (guitarist) and Jon (drummer) Grandcamp. Bireli Lagrene invited the group to play at the "Night of the Musicians," at the Trianon Palace in Paris, and after that the band went on to play on various stages in France and abroad.
Eager to meet other bass players, Hadrien decided to compete at the Euro Bass Day in Verona in 2003 and was selected as a finalist; he also took first prize at the French national contest "Haut les basses" in 2004.
Hadrien has shared stages with such names as Rido Bayonne, Sheik Tidiane, Marc Berthoumieux, Jean Marie Ecay, Mokhtar Samba, Dominique Dipiazza, N'guyene Le, Thierry Eliez, Flavio Boltro, Paban Das Baul, Bireli Lagrene and Andre Ceccarelli.
In 2005, John McLaughlin invited Hadrien to play on two tracks for his album Industrial Zen. This collaboration will continue this year, when Hadrien joins McLaughlin for an American tour starting in September.
In 2007 Hadrien released his self-titled debut album as a solo artist, and recorded with Chick Corea for an upcoming release. Hadrien Feraud is quickly earning his place in the international brotherhood of bass virtuosos!
"I first played Markbass because of the great tone I got with a CMD 102P combo, but also because it was a small, very lightweight combo with tons of power!" Hadrien enthuses. "In fact, it's all we need as bass players! There's no complication with a Markbass head: you plug it in and it works immediately. I often go to gigs with only my Little Mark III head in a backpack. That's another reason I play Markbass–you can go everywhere with your own sound."
photo : Sigi Baramsky