Pharaonique Moondog

Wind bands come together for a celebration of Moondog’s music


An unconditional lover of European classical music, founder of minimalism, inventor of percussion instruments such as the “Trimba” and creator of dances with equally whimsical names such as the “Dog Trot”, the “Rabbit Hop” and the “Bumbo”, this blind poet in a Viking helmet left a remarkable mark on the music of the late 20th century.

Directly inherited from the French Revolution, harmony orchestras or “musical societies” have been part of the fabric of our country’s associations since the early 19th century. Open to high-quality amateur musicians, these ensembles are not only places for learning music, but also for sharing and discovery. The inter-generational exchanges and the spirit of association that can be developed are values that reinforce the interest and relevance of these orchestras.

Moondog loved large ensembles, as demonstrated by his many symphonies and his piece for 400 trombones. For the 2022 edition of Jazz sur le Grill! We want to create a giant, ephemeral orchestra in this image, bringing together several bands (from 4 to 6) to celebrate the music of this iconoclastic composer over a 30-40 minute programme. The simple forms, catchy melodies, art of the canon and ritornello inherent in his music are all elements that can be adapted to the orchestral mass.

Pascal Berne, artistic coordinator of Jazz sur le Grill ! and a double bass player, composer and arranger, was responsible for the adaptations and artistic coherence of the project. Two soloists were involved in this musical creation: Damien Sabatier (saxes) and Gérald Chevillon (saxes).

Jazz sur le Grill 2022 brought together 6 brass bands to perform the music of American composer Moondog.
A giant, ephemeral orchestra conducted by Pascal Berne with soloists Damien Sabatier and Gérald Chevillon.


  • Pascal Berne : Arrangements, artistic direction
  • Damien Sabatier : solo saxophone
  • Gérald Chevillon : solo saxophone


  • The Orchestre d’Harmonie de Tain-Tournon (OHTT), conducted by Florent Pommaret
  • La Renaissance (Saint-Marcel-lès-Valence), conducted by Laurent Lapassa
  • L’Harmonie de Jacquemart (Romans-sur-Isère), conducted by Claire Longueville
  • Les Enfants de la Joyeuse (Châtillon-St-Jean), conducted by Sylvain Ajalbert
  • L’Harmonie Sainte-Cécile (Bourg-de-Péage), conducted by Ani Yakhinian
  • The Orchestre d’harmonie Rév’2S du Réveil Sablonnais Serrièrois (Serrières et Sablons), conducted by Cyril Blanchet


  • Drôme Departmental Council
  • Valence City Theatre
  • Jazz on the Grill! 2022 organised with La Cordo, Jazz Action Valence, Crest Jazz and Lux, scène nationale de Valence.