Photo: © Elizabeth Riley
"Brussels" Jean Pierre Llabador.
Born in 1955
Daniel Solia begins drums at the age of eighteen. It is through a pop orchestra that he has his first experiences on stage. He studies technique at the Nîmes Conservatory with Alex Clapot. It is at the I.M.F.P. (Institut Musical de Formation Professionnelle in Salon-de-Provence) that he meets the drummer Al Levitt and discovers jazz. He also turns towards traditional music, such as African, Spanish, Indian, Brazilian… In different workshops he studies with drummers such as : Daniel Humair, Lolo Belonzi, François Laizeau, Jean Paul Ceccarelli, Trilok Gurtu, Billy Art, Joe Baron, Max Roach, Dave Weckell…
1982 to 1984, tours with Chris Gonzales (Blues-Rock). His first professional experience in jazz is with Michel Barrot, accompanied by the saxophonist Hal Singer, long time member of The Duke Ellington Orchestra. A meeting with Laurence Butch Morris introduces him to the world of improvisation. Next, his work is with Dominique Dipiazza, Daniel Goyone and Sylvain Beuf, in the Michel Perez Band, then in guitarist Jean Pierre Llabador's band, with Jacques Bouniard and Michel Zenino. He also plays with Pete Yelin (sax alto in Bob Mintzer's Big Band), Jean Pierre Como and Louis Winsberg, co-leaders of the band Sixun.
From 1991 to 2000 he takes to the road with the guitarist Philippe Petrucciani and his band, and works in trio with his brother, Louis Petrucciani, on the bass. He also tours with Nazare Pérerra, Anténor Bogea, Marcia Maria, Sergio Otanazetra, Marie Annick Saint Ceran, in Brazilian music. In August 1997, he participates in the creation of a chorus of 100 singers in Vaison La Romaine's ancient theater, led by Sam Davis, choir director and gospel specialist. He especially thrives in trios, for the development of improvisation, where each musician is a complete soloist, distinctly apart, and yet inherent to the group. One finds him in several trios, with Gérard Pansanel, Frédéric Monino, Olivier Toman Garcia, Jean Marie Frederic, Dominique Dipiazza, Benoit Paillard, Lionel Dandine, Pascal Salé.
He teaches at the I.M.F.P in Salon de Provence from 1993 to 2004, specializing in world music, jazz, Brazilian drum rhythm, fusion, and rhythm techniques for all instruments.
In 2006 & 2007, participates in several European productions (one with Wolfgang Pushnig) of the band Une Anche passe, a Languedocien (from the Languedoc region of France) oboe group whose particularity is in the composition and improvisation influenced by traditional Mediterranean music. During this period he also accompanies the vocal trio Doodlin', and with them records the CD “Swing It”. He is also drawn towards « la chanson francaise » (French popular) and accompanies Julien Laurence, 2004 finalist of french “Pop Idol”, with Dominique Dipiazza.
In 2008, he plays with Pascal Salé, bass player and composer, in a quartet and in a trio performing his compositions.
2010, trio with Didier Del Aguila (bassist for Juan Carmona), and Jean Marie Frédéric, as well as accompanying Alain Rattier's Big Band. 2011, AVORIAZ Jazz Up with Michel Barrot, André Villeger, Didier Del Aguila, Benjamin Rando, Michel Perez. Concerts in trio with Jean Pierre Como & Didier Del Aguila. Concerts and Master Class in duo with Jean Marie Frédéric. Certified MIMA (recognized professional title of World Music) Daniel Solia teaches at Aubenas's New School of Music (France).
2012 sees the creation of and concerts with Denis Badault and the "Petite Camargue" Big Band. He gives educational concerts based on atypical musical formations, with Jean Marie Frédéric.